Iztuzu (Turtle) Beach, a great swimming beach, is one of the loggerhead turtle’s Mediterranean breeding grounds, and specific laws are upheld to protect it. Iztuzu beach is open to the public during the day, however from May to September, entry is prohibited from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. In order to protect the nests, visitors are urged to keep behind the wooden pegs that designate the nest locations on the beach.
Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, is situated in Mugla Province, 13 kilometres from the famed holiday spots Fethiye and Marmaris, and in the middle of the old Turkish village of Dalyan. With soft white sands, shallow water, and a few makeshift huts where you can get local beer, Turkish tea in hourglass-shaped glasses, or Gozleme, a savoury pancake from Turkey, for lunch, the five-kilometer-long beach—which is actually a sandbank sandwiched between a freshwater lake and the turquoise sea—is a beautiful place. Iztuzu was recognised as the most beautiful beach in the world in 1995, and in 2008 it was recognised as the “Best Open Space in Europe.”
The endangered Loggerhead turtles, which have been around for 45 million years and lay their eggs at Iztuzu Beach, are monitored and safeguarded by notable organisations such as the International Animal Protection Organization. The Caretta Caretta lays its eggs between May and October, when access to the beach is allowed during the day but prohibited from 00:00 to 8:00. To protect the eggs, nesting areas are warned to stay away.
The Ortaca neighbourhood of Mula’s Iztuzu Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, witnessed a picture-perfect sunset. Iztuzu Beach, where many locals cool themselves by swimming in the water every night, is where people go to see the sunset in the evenings.
The famous Iztuzu Beach in Dalyan Neighborhood’s sunset creates a special kind of beauty. The explosion of colours the light produced as it blended with the olive tree on the beach, a symbol of wellbeing and harmony, mesmerised those who observed the sun sinking. Even if the images reflected on the lenses show unique landscapes, people who go to the beach use their cellphones to watch the sunset.