One of the biggest draws to Fethiye is the turquoise waters that kiss its beaches. After all, it’s not called the Turquoise Coast for nothing! Whether you’re into watersports or just relaxing on a sailing boat, there is no better place to enjoy the Mediterranean waters than from the best beaches in Fethiye.
Fethiye is surrounded by scenic coastlines, dramatic cliffs, and crashing waves, but the best place to enjoy this is at one of the beach.
However, Fethiye itself is a Port City, with a long, concrete promenade next to the water in the city center, so if you want to find the most beautiful beaches in Fethiye, you’ll need to travel out of the downtown area.
But don’t worry, most of the nearby beaches are only a short drive or bus journey from the city and are easily accessible on a half-day trip from Fethiye.
In this guide, we will be showing you the best Fethiye beaches and how to get to them.
Planning a trip to Fethiye last-minute?
Make sure you book your tours, places to stay, and airport transfers ahead of time to ensure availability!
Here is our recommended airport transfer in Fethiye/Oludeniz:
- Airport Shuttle From Dalaman Airport To Fethiye or Oludeniz (Best way to get into town!)
Here are our recommended tours in Fethiye/Oludeniz:
- Paragliding in Oludeniz (The best way to experience the beauty of The Blue Lagoon!)
- 12 Island Boat Trip (A must-do in Oludeniz)
- Oludeniz Turkish Bath (Great for relaxing!)
Here are our recommended places to stay in Fethiye/Oludeniz:
- Endemik Hostel in Fethiye (Where we stayed, a quieter location near the bus stop, perfect for couples)
- Blue Star Hotel (near Oludeniz Beach, quiet location)
- Morina Deluxe Hotel (located in Oludeniz Town, perfect for nightlife enthusiasts)
- Butterfly Beach Glamping (the only glamping experience in Butterfly Valley!)
What Are The Best Beaches in Fethiye?
In no particular order, these are the best beaches in Fethiye and the surrounding Turkish beach towns and villages. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or secluded, you’ll find something for everyone on this list.
1. Ölüdeniz Beach & Blue Lagoon (Belcekiz Beach)
If you’ve ever received a postcard from Fethiye, I would bet good money that the picture on that postcard is of the stunning Blue Lagoon and Oludeniz Beach, with a frame of Babadag Mountain in the distance (just like the photo above).
This iconic Turkish landmark is located just a 30-minute drive south of Fethiye, and is rather unique since it has two parts; a long white sand beach stretches across the crystal clear waters, dividing a large lagoon from the Mediterranean ocean.
The long sandy beach is called Belcekiz and is where most visitors come to bathe in the sun and swim in the warm waters. The beach is free to visit, but you can also hire sunbeds for sunbathing, peddle boats, or organize boat trips from the restaurants for a fee.
There are also many other things to do in Oludeniz such as hiking in the nearby mountains and paragliding.
The lagoon is called ‘the dead sea’ which is protected by the Ölüdeniz National Park, though there is no entrance fee for visiting. Just like in the Dead Sea in Egypt, the saline content in the lagoon is higher than in the ocean, meaning you float when you swim in it.
The beautiful beach is lined with beach bars, diving schools, and restaurants. The place really comes alive at night and if you’re a fan of nightlife, you’ll certainly enjoy it here.
2. Kabak Beach
Located a 50-minute drive South of Fethiye is the stunning coastal area of Kabak. Kabak beach is small and secluded since it’s not so easily accessible, but is one of the best beaches near Antalya and Fethiye.
There isn’t a car park, so most people opt to take the dolmuş minibus, which runs regularly from Fethiye Bus Terminal to Kabak every hour from 7 AM to 6 PM throughout the summer. If you do drive, get there early and know that you’ll have to park your car on the road.
From the road, it’s only a 30-minute walk down to the beach from where the bus drops you off. There is a shuttle bus that operates from the bus stop to the beach, but it is limited in capacity and costs a small fee.
If you decide to hike, the path is steep since it goes down the mountain, but once you reach the beach it will all be worth it.
There is a small cafe at the beach and a few restaurants and shops on the road down to the beach. Since it requires some effort to get there, many people choose to camp on Kabak beach, which is a great activity to do here. You can also rent a boat, scuba dive, or just relax on the soft sand.
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3. Kumburnu Beach
Okay so Kumburnu Beach is technically the same as Olundeniz since it’s on the same stretch of beach, but it’s so pretty it deserves its own mention.
The Kumburnu Beach is the very tip of the stretch of beach dividing Belcekiz beach and the blue lagoon. This is really the area you want to base yourself in if you want to swim in the lagoon and rent a paddleboat.
This part of the beach is not sandy, it’s actually a light fine pebble, but it’s just as soft as sand.
Here the waves are more gentle as they are protected by the bay, which makes it the perfect place for families. There are sun loungers to rent and toilets nearby. There are also lifeguards so it’s quite safe to swim here.
It’s free to enter the beach, you just need to pay for the facilities.
4. Çalış Beach
Located in the center of Fethiye is the charming Calis Beach. It’s a 4km long shingle beach that’s great for swimming and lounging on. Since it faces West, it’s a great place to catch the sunset from one of its many top-rated bars and restaurants.
Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire for a small fee and there are also plenty of shops along the promenade selling refreshments and snacks. If you don’t have long in Fethiye, then this is a great beach to spend some time on.
5. Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterfly Valley)
Located just a 50-minute drive south of Fethiye is the Butterfly Valley, named because of its diverse variety of butterfly species.
Nestled in this valley full of butterflies, is one of the most stunning beaches in Fethiye region, Kelebekler Vadisi.
Similar to Kabak beach, Kelebekler Vadisi is located in a bay at the bottom of a cliff, so it can only be accessed by boat. You can visit on a boat tour from Fethiye, or you can catch a water taxi from the beach in Oludeniz.
It’s one of the few pebbly beaches near Fethiye and is remote and secluded. There is a small snack bar/cafe as well as a handful of cute glamping lodges you can stay the night in.
You can also camp on the beach for a small fee. Near the beach is a stunning 50ft waterfall. There is technically a hiking trail but we don’t recommend you hike to this beach as the trail is dangerous.
Though this beach is no longer a hidden gem, it’s still stunning, and a great place to escape from the busy hustle and bustle of Fethiye town center.
6. Şövalye Island
Sovalye Island is located just off the coast of Fethiye and is the only inhabited Turkish island in the area. It’s most well known for its historical ruins and tranquil atmosphere since it is only accessible by boat from Calis Beach.
The island is very small, with only a few restaurants and beaches on the island. The sea here is warm and clean and is much quieter than the beaches in Fethiye. It’s only a few kilometers from Calis Beach, so will take only a few minutes to reach the beaches on Savolye Island from Calis Beach.
It’s free to enter the island but you do of course need to pay for the boat. We highly recommend staying for a sunset dinner here at the romantic Ada Restaurant, which offers a free boat ride from Fethiye to paying guests.
7. Katranci Bay
16km to the North of Fethiye is the stunning Katranci Bay, located in a protected National Reserve. This is a small, sheltered beach that is great for swimming and bathing. It’s a great beach in Fethiye for families since there is a huge, sheltered picnic area next to the beach and a campsite.
You can hire beach umbrellas and sun loungers, or pitch a tent here for a small fee. There is a car park at the beach but you have to pay a small parking charge.
8. Inlice Beach
Located 23km (or 25 minutes driving) to the North of Fethiye is Inlice Beach. It’s a public beach that is great for swimming and is reasonably sheltered by the bay, so the waves are gentle.
The beach is not sandy, but has a very fine shingle, which is common for Turkish beaches in this area. You can hire sun loungers and umbrellas and there are lifeguards in the summer. There are also changing rooms and bathrooms, as well as many great restaurants nearby too.
9. Boncuklu Koyu
Located just a short 20-minute drive south of Fethiye is the small and sheltered beach of Boncuklu Koyu. The beach is simply stunning, with soft white sand and rattan umbrellas. The water here is crystal clear and full of little fish, as well as super clean.
There is parking nearby, but you have to pay. However, many visitors say you can park on the road further up.
This is one of the smallest beaches on this list of the best beaches in Fethiye and so you will find prices to hire loungers and umbrellas to be more expensive. There is a restaurant here too which looks like a tropical island resort.
The whole beach is surrounded by green pine trees and rocky cliffs, it really does feel like an escape from the city.
10. Kidrak Beach
Saving possibly the best for last is Kidrak Beach. This gorgeous beach in Fethiye is best known for its turquoise blue waters, soft white shingle, and amazing sunsets. It’s larger than other beaches in Fethiye, which means there’s more space for visitors to spread out in.
Visitors can hire sun loungers and umbrellas, and there are also bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms that are available to use. The waves here are pretty strong though, so if you’re not a confident swimmer then do not venture too far out.
If you feel like you are getting too much sun, dip into the shade of the pine forest behind you or take a break in the beautiful woodland restaurant.
11. Gemile Beach
Gemile Beach near Fethiye is an absolute gem. With its stunning crystal-clear waters, sandy shores, and picturesque views, it’s the perfect beach getaway that’s only a short bus drive away.
The bay offers incredible snorkeling opportunities, allowing you to explore the vibrant underwater world.
Plus, the beach is located near the historical village of Kayaköy, which is the perfect attraction to explore before hiking down to the beach. Alternatively, you can reach this beach on a boat tour from Fethiye.
12. Turtle Beach (Iztuzu Beach), Dalyan
If you’re looking for a beach known for its cleanliness and natural beauty, look no further than Turtle Beach, also known as Iztuzu Beach.
This beach is accessible by boat tour, either from Marmaris, Dalyan or Fethiye. This beautiful sandy beach is not only a stunning spot to relax and soak up the sun, but also serves as a nesting site for loggerhead turtles who come to shore to lay their eggs.
Plus, the beach is surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, making it the perfect getaway for those seeking tranquility and beauty.
Best Beaches in Fethiye Map
Above is a map of all the best beaches in Fethiye that we recommend. Because Fethiye is so small and many of the best beaches are located outside the city, some of these beaches require you to drive.
Luckily, they are all within an hour’s drive so you won’t have to travel too far to enjoy some the best beaches in the Mugla region.
Using this map, hopefully you can properly plan your visit and decide which beaches you want to see first. In fact, it’s totally possible to include more than one beach in a day!
FAQs About Beaches in Fethiye
Here’s what people usually ask us about Fethiye’s beaches…
Are there sandy beaches in Fethiye?
Not really. The beaches in the Mugla region are more like a soft shingle than sand. However, some beaches are so fine it’s almost like sand.
Is it better to stay in Oludeniz or Fethiye?
Personally, we think it is better to base yourself in Fethiye as there is more to do and it’s central to all the best beaches.
What is the beach like in Fethiye?
The beaches in Fethiye are generally calm with blue waters and gentle waves. This is a popular destination for tourists though, so beaches do tend to be busy, even remote ones.
Final Word on Best Beaches in Fethiye
So there you have it, those are our top beaches in Fethiye and the surrounding areas.
As you can see, there’s a little something for everyone on this list; whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to soak in some rays on your vacation, or you’re looking for a sheltered bay to take the kids, there’s a beach for you on this list.