Konyaaltı Beach, Antalya, Turkey

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Konyaalti Beach, Antalya, Turkish Mediterranean

Long & Clean

When I first arrived in Turkey (see Bright Sun, Strong Tea), Antalya‘s Konyaaltı Beach was a l-o-n-g empty swath of pebbles on the far outskirts of the town, populated by a few dozen ramshackle beach shelters.

Look at it now!

Reflecting the growth of the city of Antalya, and Turkish tourism in general,Konyaaltı (KOHN-yah-ahl-tuh) is now a wonderful resource: nicely landscaped with evergreens, furnished with showers, changing cabins and showers, backed by restaurants, bars, tea and coffee houses, lounges, shops and other services, not to mention hotels.

Konyaaltı‘s situation is enchanting, with the ragged backdrop of the Olimpos Beydağları range in the distance. The sea water is clean, too, winning the beach the coveted Blue Flag designation for eco-friendliness.

You don’t have to stay right near Konyaaltı to enjoy it. Take the tram from the center of Antalya to the western end of the line, from which it’s only a ten-minute walk to the beach.

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