The Karasu district in the province of Sakarya in Turkey was recently presented with two blue flags for beaches in the area. The blue flag relates to the cleanliness of the beach as well as the health of the sea. The metropolitan municipality mayor of Sakarya, Ekrem Yuce said that it is his aim to now obtain blue flag status for Koccali and Kaynarca beaches, saying: “Necessary steps will be taken to get the international certification.”
What is meant by blue flag?
The Blue Flag certification is recognised worldwide and is an eco-label which is bestowed on beaches, sustainable boat tourism operators and marinas. The FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), which is non-profit independent organisation, awards the Blue Flag status. The FEE has their own stringent safety, educational, accessibility and environmental criteria that covers 33 elements with which the prospective beach is assessed.
Beaches of the future
The major confirmed that Karasu, which is situated on the coast of the Black Sea is already popular with tourists, but he hopes gaining the blue flag status will increase visitor numbers further.
Apart from clean water and excellent cleanliness on the beach, Yuce said the lifeguard’s presence, environmentally friendly measures and disabled facilities all helped the two beaches to be awarded with their blue flag status.
The coastlines and natural countryside have played a major role in Turkey’s fortunes and today it is stunning beaches that attract the tourists. Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides with shores that offer the inviting seas of the Aegean Sea, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea and the inland water that is found in the Black Sea. It is hardly surprising that tourist numbers are up with the abundance of beaches on offer in Turkey.
Three Beaches to visit in Turkey
1. Icmeler Beach
Icmeler beach is found in a holiday resort near Marmaris and welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Some of the main draws of this area are the good food, fun and blissful beaches. The area is perfect for families wanting a holiday in Turkey by the sea. Icmeler was originally a small fishing village and has grown into a thriving destination for tourists. Everything you need for a fun holiday can be found on Icmeler beach and if you get bored with the beach there are also some great hills nearby which are perfect for hiking – you can also get a great view of the beach from the top.
2. Oludeniz Beach
Whilst there are numerous places worldwide that claim to have a blue lagoon, Oludeniz really has. The beach at Oludeniz is better known as the blue lagoon and boasts a large bay where people can relax and forget the day-to-day stresses in the tranquil water. Alternatively, you can hire a paddle board and go to the small island on the bay which is the ideal spot to watch the yachts arrive.
3. Iztuzu Beach
With an immense 4.5km of pure golden sand, it is easy to see why Iztuzu beach made the list. Iztuzu beach is also referred to as Turtle beach as it is a vital beach for turtle conservation in Turkey. Boasting breath-taking natural landscapes, with the vast stretch of beach forming a barrier between the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Iztuzu beach will have you swimming in clean, shallow waters before taking to a sun lounger to dry off in the sun. Now that really does sound devine.
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