Beach lovers visiting Alanya will love the golden sandy beaches and blue seas of this resort town, which lies on the southern coast of Turkey. Part of the Turkish Riviera, Alanya draws millions of visitors each year mainly for its coastal appeals. Not only do vacationers get to sunbathe and swim, but they can also enjoy a good variety of water sports such as windsurfing, parasailing, and banana boating.

    The wide beaches in Alanya are well-developed, with fully equipped facilities to cater to your needs. Besides the beaches, you can also explore natural attractions like the Damlatas Cave that you can access on a stroll along the coast. Here are the top beaches in Alanya for sea, sun, sand and surf in one of Turkey’s liveliest beach resort cities.

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    Kleopatra Beach

    Named after the last Hellenistic ruler of Egypt

    Kleopatra Beach, conveniently close to the city centre, is one of the most famous beaches in Alanya. The beach is named after the ancient Egyptian queen – legend has it that Cleopatra fell in love with this beach after swimming in its azure waters and sunbathing on its golden sands. 

    Kleopatra Beach stretches for about 2 km and is divided into numbered sections where sun loungers are available for rent. As expected, it gets very crowded in the summer. If you walk slightly further away from the city centre (towards the longer end of the beach), you can easily find empty spots on the sand to lay your towel on for free. Several beach bars, restaurants, toilets and showers are available.

    Location: Kızlar Pınarı, Atatürk Blv., 07460 Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

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    Portakal Beach

    The beach with a scenic view

    Portakal Beach is a km-long sandy public beach with clear blue waters and a pebbly sea bottom, just 10 minutes’ drive east of Alanya’s city centre. It’s less crowded than some of Alanya’s more popular beaches, which means you can peacefully enjoy a seascape with the Taurus mountain as its backdrop.

    Adrenaline junkies enjoy a wide range of water sports, including jet skiing and windsurfing. Cafes, restaurants and standard beach facilities are available, and you can rent sun loungers (or freely enjoy them as a guest at nearby beach clubs). Even during the off-season months of October and November, the seawater remains pleasantly warm for a swim. The entrance to the sea can be rocky, so put on your sea shoes before wading into the water.

    Location: Cumhuriyet, Ahmet Tokuş Blv., 07425 Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

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    Damlatas Beach

    For some family fun in the sun

    Damlatas Beach is within a 10-minute walk from the beautiful Damlatas Caves. What’s unique about this beach is that it’s the only wheelchair-friendly beach in Alanya. There are plenty of sun loungers, showers and easy access to the sea for the disabled. You can also find volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, an open-air fitness centre, and a huge children's’ playground.

    Besides swimming in the sea, you can dive in the bay, snorkel along the coastline, or enjoy paragliding and see the dramatic coastline from above. You can also simply take a stroll through the green parks with fountains along the beach or cool off in Damlatas Caves, where you can see unique stalactites and stalagmites for around 7.50 lira.

    Location: Saray, Güzelyalı Cd., 07400 Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

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    Tosmur Beach

    Where the Dimcay flows into the Mediterranean

    Tosmur Beach is popular with vacationers staying in hotels and resorts within its vicinity. Even so, its emerald sea attracts locals and tourists from other parts of Alanya and Turkey.

    Tosmur Beach is where the nearby Dimcay River and the Mediterranean Sea meet, mixing the warm saltwater with cold freshwater. This results in some of the cleanest seawater you’ll see in Turkey. You can rent a sun lounger from nearby beach clubs and grab a bite and a drink from beach bars. Not one to sit around? There’s a variety of water sports activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boating in Tosmur. Onsite showers and changing booths complement your day at this beach. 

    Location: Tosmur Mahallesi, 07469 Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

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    Alanya Municipality Public Beach

    Alanya’s best-kept secret

    Alanya Belediyesi Halk Plajı (Alanya Municipality Public Beach) is popular with locals and a few visitors in the know. This hidden gem of the Turkish Riviera is unlike most beaches in Alanya – it’s sandy without any rocks, allowing you to comfortably walk along the shore.

    This public beach provides umbrella-shaded sun loungers for free. Unsurprisingly, they run out very fast in the summer, so get there early in the morning to claim your spot. With a view of the mountains and the city skyline, Alanya Belediyesi Halk Plajı is one of the best beaches for sunset views. For dinner, take your pick from many cafes and restaurants nearby, where you can enjoy a traditional Turkish meal or freshly grilled seafood. 

    Location: Güller Pınarı, 07460 Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

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    Cindy Tan | Contributing Writer

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