Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)
The unique setting of İztuzu Beach is truly breathtaking; set at the foot of pine-forested mountains this four kilometer long spit of sand stretches out into a river delta. You can see the natural beauty of this spot thanks to the efforts of conservationists back in the late 1980s. Whilst it would seem a challenge to develop the surrounds of this stunning beach it was very much on the cards. However, the efforts of one woman managed to stop the beach being turned into yet another resort and have it designated as a Special Environmental Protection Area.
Much of the beaches protected status can be attributed to it being a nesting area for the endangered Loggerhead turtle. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as Turtle Beach. Zones where the turtles lay their eggs are marked, and it is forbidden to disturb the nests in any way. In addition, no dogs are allowed on the beach.
When you visit Iztuzu Beach, you have ample opportunity to learn all about the endangered Loggerhead turtles. The turtles lay their eggs between May and August, and the little turtles hatch from July to September and find their way back to the sea. Each nest has about 70 eggs buried 50 centimeters down, and you must not disturb them.
Today the fairly modest beach facilities are designed to have minimal impact on the beach. There are wooden walkways, shower water is taken from the river and there are plenty of recycling bins. Both ends of the beach have sunbeds, and you will find them to be crowded. However, you can walk to the middle of the beach and find a spot that is more secluded.
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