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The beautiful Mediterranean beach that’s a ‘hidden gem’ with hardly any tourists


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One of the Middle East’s most stunning beaches, a favourite among backpackers for years, is surrounded by campsites and is a “hidden gem” that few tourists manage to reach.

Kabak Beach was once a secret treasure on Turkey’s southwestern coast. Despite its pristine white sand and dazzling blue sea, only the most determined backpackers ventured this far.

Its remote location meant it wasn’t on the usual tourist trails, offering a tranquillity rarely found in the popular holiday region.

However, things have changed slightly in Kabak. The beauty of the place has become well-known, with its lush hills dramatically rising from the water, similar to the Calanques in southern France, and the striking quality of the water.

Nowadays, if you visit, you’ll likely find a small crowd of people who’ve made the same journey. Yoga retreats and hostels have also sprung up.

“Despite mass tourism creeping in on this little hidden gem of a town, the white sand beach and the remoteness of Kabak are still great places for travellers who are looking to do nothing except relax and swim in the ocean,” wrote Bucketlist Fly about the coastal spot.

Kabak Beach was recently voted the best Turkey has to offer by Oliver’s Travel, who noted that the 25km trip from the resort town of Oludeniz, as well as the half hour walk that is required to get down to the water, is well worth it if you’re able.

“This half-moon bay, surrounded by pine forests and mountains, can only be reached by descending this trail on foot, but the serene and peaceful beach at the bottom is well worth the effort (and the views from the top aren’t too shabby either),” the website notes.

“On the pebbles and white sands of Kabak Beach, you’ll mostly be in the company of locals and backpackers travelling along the Lycian Way. You won’t find many amenities, any water sports or beach chairs for hire. The vibe is distinctively laid back, and people come here mainly to appreciate the natural beauty and undisturbed stillness during their villa holiday in Turkey.”

“There are some shaded areas to escape from the sun with juice or a beer from one of the beach bars. Other than that, it’s just you, the Mediterranean, and a few friendly loggerhead turtles to keep you company.”

If you’re keen to visit the beach, the nearest big town is Antalya, about 150km away. Kayak shows flights from various UK airports to this city for roughly £140 in May – a great time to visit Turkey because of the weather.

Remember, if you’re travelling to this Middle Eastern country this year, there’s a rule that could land tourists with hefty fines if not followed. In Turkey, it’s a legal requirement to show your passport or ID card when asked by the police.

But here’s some good news for those planning a holiday in Turkey – it’s currently quite affordable. British visitors can get about 73 percent more Liras for their pounds than they could a year ago – almost an extra £211 on a £500 currency purchase.

For tourists looking for an incredible holiday minus the crowds, look no further than Kabak Beach.

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