Turkey's 7,200km of coast blends dazzling beaches with history and wild ambience. At Patara, the temple of Apollo offers a break from lounging on the 18km white sand ribbon of Turkey's longest beach. The lovely fishing village Ucagiz contrasts the laidback resort of Kalkan and dreamy coves like Kaputas. Kabak is another star of the Turquoise Coast, a camping idyll with lovely cliff-flanked beach. Near Dalyan, Iztuzu beach boasts a nature reserve for turtles.
Along the Teke peninsula, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches (some amazingly secluded) come with a plethora of ancient ruins and walking options along the Lycian Way. And don't think just Greece has sand-fringed islands – check out the Turkish options like Gokceada and Bozcaada.
Want to get active? Turkey has wonderful windsurfing, including pro meccas like Alcati. Sea kayaking is fantastic too – paddle out to gaze down at the ancient sunken city of Simena for a unique experience (but no diving on the ruins - it's forbidden). Then treat yourself to a helping of Turkey's delicious chewy dondurma ice-cream!