One of the natural beauties that Turkey offers are its magical beaches. There is no end to the coastal areas in Istanbul. Even though the shores of Istanbul are among the best vacation spots, there are various shores all over Turkey. Surrounded by the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, Turkey is home to various beauties with its coastal regions.
Apart from Bodrum, Antalya, and İzmir, less-known regions continue to attract people with their simple lifestyles. So what are the options? What are the coastal regions in Turkey?
Coastal Regions in Turkey
Today, the Turkish Riviera, covers a large part of Turkey’s coastal regions. This riviera includes the cities between the Mediterranean and Aegean regions of Turkey.
It starts from Alanya and extends to Dalaman. Some of the cities it includes are Çeşme, Bodrum, Antalya, Fethiye, Kuşadası, Marmaris and Göcek. In addition to these cities, it covers many others. This riviera, which seems to be a precious stone in the eyes of both tourists and local people, welcomes many people with its attractive sea and historical richness.
Starting from Alanya and extending to Dalaman, this riviera is home to many ancient cities of Turkey. You can’t miss Miletus and Ephesus historical structures. Besides, Aegion seas cover the coastal areas along the riviera. One of these coastal areas is Olympos Beach. The beach, which is close to Antalya and located in the Kumluca district, is a protected beach within the borders of the National Park with its deep blue sea and lush trees. Olimpos Beach, one of the cleanest beaches in Turkey, is an excellent option for those who prefer quiet and calm beaches.
In popular areas such as Bodrum and Çeşme, daily life goes by faster. If we take Gumusluk, this secluded area in Bodrum gives people their own little life with its hostels and hotels. Markets, restaurants, and bars along the coast offer travelers a comfortable visit.
When we think of coastal areas in Turkey, even if we think of coastal spots in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions, Turkey’s secluded and unknown Black Sea Coasts fascinate people. A few of the provinces on the Black Sea coast are Artvin, Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Tokat, Kastamonu, Zonguldak and Bolu and Samsun. With its coastlines stretching for kilometers, many rare spots in the Black Sea region cannot be overlooked. These coasts also host important port cities in the Black Sea.
Trabzon is one of the most attractive cities on the shores of the Black Sea. Their lush fields make it hard to take your eyes off these beauties. These fields are not difficult to find on the Black Sea Coast; provinces such as Trabzon, Bolu, Sinop, and Rize are special for their magnificent fields and stunning views.
Coastal Life in Turkey
We can say that coastal life in Turkey has different meanings in different regions. Beach life in Istanbul and beach life in Izmir or Bodrum bring very different lives. Many people have moved to the Islands to get away from the chaotic and energetic streets of Istanbul. The fact that the islands are far from the city and tourism is only alive during the season made it easier to get away from this chaotic energy. In the same way, living a beach life away from touristic areas in Bodrum can be like living a beach life in Büyükçekmece in Istanbul. We can compare the beaches and lifestyle of Büyükçekmece to being covered with calm and large fields in Gümüşlük.
Benefits of coastal life in Turkey
It can be said that coastal life in Turkey is more beneficial both in terms of economy and health. In metropolitan cities in Turkey, life can be even more expensive and difficult to live in than in coastal areas. In coastal areas, being in touch with nature and not making economic sacrifices may seem more attractive—one reason beach life is so popular in Turkey’s beneficial location. The climate offered by the Aegean and Mediterranean regions is also a part of this. Living in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions may seem like living a local life, but living in coastal areas, like metropolitan cities in Turkey, means being intertwined with life. People who move to coastal areas and open a motel or hostel there need to adapt their city life to their life in these coastal areas.
Many people who make this adaptation combine both lives in the coastal areas and live in the city.