On the road between Kalkan and Kas in Turkey, the beach at Kaputas spreads out at the base of a gorge where fresh water mixes with the turquoise sea at a place that can only be accessed by descending roughly 200 steps down the cliff facade. From there, beachgoers can swim to the sea caves of Güvercin Mağarası and Mavi Mağara, and waterside rocks that act as natural diving boards into the tranquil sea.
After a good swim, head for lunch in the nearby town of Kalkan, as Kaputas beach is an utterly unspoiled spot. Kalkan beautiful town centre is a maze of cobbled streets brimming with restaurants, and most of the year the weather allows to enjoy a meal outside. Shops are open late and offer some exquisite jewellery, leather goods, art works, crafts and rugs.
Take home: a bottle of Pamukkale wine, one of the most famous wineries in Turkey, it has been produced since 1962.
Tip: it’s a good idea to bring water and parasol, as the beach lacks facilites.