This long sweeping bay is lined with six kilometres of soft, golden sand. It’s a dramatic setting, with the Taurus mountains in the background and the bright blue Mediterranean in front. Rows of sun loungers and shades line the beach and it’s backed by bars and cafes. The beach is also studded with palm trees and tamarisk. The cypress trees on the hillside add further splashes of drama. With many water sports available, there’s no shortage of entertainment.
20 minutes south of Icmeler along winding mountain roads lies the laid-back, undeveloped town of Turunc – or you can take a water taxi from Icmeler. The beach itself is a strip of sand beside crystal clear water, and it’s been granted Blue Flag status. You’re just as likely to visit to see the charming village as it offers a glimpse into traditional Turkish life. Relatively inaccessible and with only a tiny area that can be built on, Turunc can never be over-developed.
Ten minutes further south from Turunc, tiny Amos Beach nestles in the cliff face. A tough half-hour, uphill walk will reward you with breath-taking views and the chance to explore the Ancient City of Amos, including its perfect little amphitheatre. The sea is all the more refreshing after the return trip. A couple of family-run restaurants offer traditional Turkish dishes. If you’re looking to escape Icmeler’s crowds, this is the place.