Turkey is a destination not too far from the UK yet far enough to feel like a proper adventure. The islands here rival some of the islands which can be found in South East Asia and weeks could be spent exploring the hidden gems which can be found here.
Wanderlust is well and truly kicking in as we head towards the end of 2020, with the majority of our travel plans for this year postponed or cancelled… so with that in mind we’re sharing an incredible selection of islands in Turkey for your future travel inspiration.
Bozcaada’s popularity has long been on the rise thanks to its small boutique hotels and dining venues, making it one of the most frequently visited destinations for an island vacation in Turkey. Accessible via ferries that depart from Geyikli, Çanakkale, after an approximately half-an-hour-long journey, Bozcaada’s most popular beaches are located in Ayazma, Akvaryum, Sulubahçe, Çayır and Aya Yorgi Cove. Bozcaada is surrounded by cobblestone streets, motley array of cafés and restaurants, crowded stands, and blissful taverns, making it a place where all holidaymakers can find something to their liking. And the annual Vine Harvest Festival, which is held on the first week of September, brings together wine connoisseurs.
When one thinks of Gökçeada, wandering on the streets of its Greek villages and its magnificent coastline are the first to come to mind. Turkey’s biggest island, Gökçeada offers wonderful beaches one can have a swim right next to its historical villages. Those who wish to take advantage of the deep blue waters of the Aegean on the shores of the island can visit the Kefaloz Beach, which is also known as Aydıncık, or Gizli Liman, which is located on the westernmost tip of the island. Deemed among the most beautiful beaches on the island, the Aydıncık Beach is also renowned for the mud bath situated right next to it. In the meantime, surfing enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to receive windsurfing training in Kefaloz and to surrender themselves to the wind here.
One of the most beautiful locations ever given by the nature, Kalem Island in Dikili, İzmir, is one of the most ideal destinations for a summer vacation. With its clear, shallow and pristine waters, Kalem Island hosts many tourists year-round thanks to its cultural and thermal spring tourism. The district is a gateway to the world from the Dikili Port and a magnificent holiday destination with its beaches. A popular spot among holidaymakers with its nearly 40km-long beach and deep blue sea, Dikili caters to its visitors with several accommodation facilities that are usually open year-round.
Situated on the Aegean Sea and home to the world’s most delicate sands, Sedir Island dazzles its visitors with its blue that winks through the pine forests. Known as the place where Mark Anthony had the silhouette of his lover, Cleopatra, carved on a mountain to immortalize his love for her, the Sedir Island’s chalk white sands were brought from Egypt. The Cleopatra Cove is surrounded by the trees while its clear waters are adorned by islets large and small. With a history dating back to the 6th century, the Kedrai Ancient City’s city walls, temple ruins and theater are in a very good state.
Cunda, or the Alibey Island, is actually connected to Ayvalık through a narrow road. As one of the most popular touristic destinations in recent years, Cunda hosts its foreign and domestic visitors of all ages throughout the year. The Church of Taxiarchs, Rahmi Koç Museum, Şeytan Sofrası and the Clock Mosque may be visited in Cunda, where the old stone houses are renovated and converted to hotels, and the port and its environment are adorned by fine restaurants.