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Swimming & Water Sports


Turkey's beautiful coasts and beaches are perfect for water sports from mid-May to September. The Aegean Mediterranean coasts offer plentiful opportunities for water skiing, snorkelling, sea-kayaking, scuba diving and swimming -unlike the chilly Black Sea coast.

There are excellent swimming beaches on Bozcaada in the Dilek National Park; from Behramkale to Edremit on the Bodrum Peninsula; at Iztuzu Beach,near Dalyan; and at Altınkum, near Çeşme. One of the finest is Patara Beach. Note that Black Sea waters, especially close to Israt, can be treacherous for swimmers.

Sea-kayaking is a must over the sunken city of Üçağız (Kekova) near Kaş. Canoeing is possible on the Patara River,also near Kaş.