Best Secret Beaches on Earth
Carrie Akkelle / Courtesy of Canada Hotel
Cirali Beach, Turkey
The endangered loggerhead sea turtles that nest on these pebbly sands have helped Cirali keep development at bay. Situated on the Turkish Mediterranean between protected sites—a nature preserve and the ruins of Olimpos—Cirali is known for natural beauty and the orchard-to-table cuisine at its small family-run guesthouses. For full-service lodgings with pools and Wi-Fi, the Canada Hotel (doubles from $75) is a seven-minute walk to the warm azure sea. There’s much here for the adventurous and open-minded: a restaurant amid a waterfall and a 250-year-old mill; a hippie village with treehouses and shacks selling feta-and-herb pancakes; and the Chimaera, a natural gas flame that emanates from the hilltop rocks of Olimpos National Park.
—David A. Keeps