The Best Beaches in Bodrum: A Guide to the Turquoise Coast

The Best Blue Flag Beaches in Bodrum: A Guide to the Turquoise Coast

According to the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ organization, Turkiye ranks in third place when it comes to offering the best beaches in the world, only beaten by the likes of Spain and Greece. An internationally recognized label, awarded to beaches and Marinas who meet the strict criteria, the ‘Blue Flag’ program aims to promote sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas.

To qualify for the Blue Flag, beaches must adhere to the stringent demands in four main categories: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services. The presence of a Blue Flag indicates that a beach is clean, safe, and environmentally friendly, making it an excellent choice for tourists and those that choose to live nearby.

As it happens, Bodrum and it’s surrounding area, are renowned for their stunning beaches offering a variety of coastal delights that can cater to all tastes, from lively and bustling to secluded and serene. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that 89 of Bodrum’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag Status. Let’s have a closer look at just a few of these beaches in some of the best hotspots of Bodrum.


Bitez is ideal for families with children and those who enjoy both swimming and snorkelling and the six beaches here offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with calm and shallow waters. Of these, Aktur Bitez is highly recommended having won the Blue Flag beach award consistently since 1997. Bodrum Belediyesi Özgür Plajı is also well worthy of a mention having won regularly since 2002, as is Doria Beach, which is part of the Doria Hotel complex.


Whilst the town of Bodrum is known for historical landmarks, vibrant nightlife and bustling harbour, it’s beaches are lined with hotels and restaurants, there’s sunbeds & umbrellas and plenty of opportunities to bathe, snorkel, swim and play other beach games or get involved with Watersports. Royal Asarlık Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag status since 2013, whilst Rixos Premium Bodrum has the perfect harmony of nature and comfort. One of the newer beaches, Bodrum Belediyesi Kumbahçe Giritli, got its first Blue Flag award last year.

The area of Merkez is the bustling heart of Bodrum town, where you’ll mainly find the Castle, Marina, and mixture of Bazaar’s and shops. Whilst known really for it’s urban vibe, there are some noteworthy beaches, such as Kumbahçe Beach (2021, 2022 & 2023) which is located right in the center of Bodrum, and offers pebbly shores and clear waters. The Mirada Hotels and Resort complex along with the Holiday Inn and Mett Hotels, are also worthy of a visit.


Göltürkbükü is a serene and upscale locale on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, boasting some of the most exquisite beaches in the region, which are known for their tranquil ambiance, lush surroundings, and clear turquoise waters. Both Caja by Maxx Royal and Hekimköy Tatil Sitesi are worth noting given that they have won the label since 2005 and 2008 respectively, but the main attraction by far is Göltürkbükü Beach itself which feature far reaching pontoons providing comfortable lounging areas directly over the water. The beach clubs of Macakizi and Flamm Beach are both chic and sophisticated perfect for gourmet dining and a relaxed vibe.


Located just a few kilometres from Bodrum Town, Gümbet attracts both locals and tourists seeking fun, sun, and excitement. Here, the gentle slope of the seabed makes it perfect for families with children, as well as for novice swimmers – however – the main draw is the Watersports on offer which include wind surfing, water skiing, parasailing, banana boating, diving and kayaking.  Le Chic Bodrum, at the Kaya Palazzo Resort, opened in 2020 and received its first Blue Flag award in 2024.


Gündoğan is a delightful village on the northern coast of the peninsula and whilst the area is mainly known for its tranquility, the beaches here feature a mix of soft sand and pebbles along with a range of snorkelling, fishing and Watersports options. The beach at the Baia Bodrum Hotel has been welcoming Blue Flag beach enthusiasts since 2013 whilst Gündoğan beach itself, lined with charming cafés and restaurants, has been awarded the flag annually since 2005.


Torba is a charming village on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, and is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty and the beach is the centrepiece of this idyllic location. The beach features a mix of pebbles and sand, with clear, calm waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The natural beauty of the area is complemented by the lush hills and olive groves that surround the bay, creating a picturesque backdrop for a day by the sea. Duja Bodrum has been awarded the Blue Flag label since 2007, and the Blue Dreams Resort Beach of 700m is also highly rated.


One of the most iconic features of Turgutreis is its breathtaking sunsets. The town's westward-facing position offers stunning views as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea, casting a golden glow over the water and the surrounding landscape. The Marina is one of the largest and most well-equipped marinas in the region, and the favorable wind conditions make the area an excellent spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Many of the beaches here belong to the resorts dotted along the coastline such as the Radisson Collection, Golden Beach Hotel, Charm Beach and Arin Resort Otel. The main beach is a mix of sand and pebbles with clear, inviting waters and there is a perfect promenade lined with café’s, restaurants and shops.


Once a quaint fishing village, Yalıkavak has transformed into a sophisticated destination that attracts visitors from around the world. Its blend of natural beauty, luxurious amenities, and traditional charm makes it a must-visit spot on the peninsula. Yalıkavak boasts several beautiful beaches, each offering a unique experience. The main beach near the marina features soft sand and clear waters, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Further along the coast, you'll find more secluded coves and bays that provide a peaceful retreat. Most notable locations include Monakus Beach, Sirene Luxury Hotel, Delta Beach Resort and Cactus Mirage Family Club.


Bodrum's beaches offer something for everyone, from lively and bustling shores to tranquil and serene retreats. The Blue Flag status of several beaches highlights Bodrum's commitment to maintaining high environmental and safety standards, ensuring a top-quality experience for visitors. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Bodrum's beaches are sure to delight and inspire.

If you are looking for a coastal retreat near to any of the fabulous beaches mentioned above please don’t hesitate to contact the specialists, and we will be delighted to help you.

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