Caretta Caretta

Cirali Bay, home of sea turtles, legendary flames and Lycian ruins, is a place where history and nature meet. Surrounded by stunning high mountains and a clear turquoise sea, Cirali is a welcome retreat from busy cities and overdeveloped resorts. Behind the beach lies a mix of fruit farms, small pensions and restaurants.

Starting from Musa Mountain in the south, Cirali beach stretches 3,2 km to the rocky Karaburun headland. Due to its protected status this pebble beach remains unspoiled and is a perfect place to unwind. With its clear and calm sea it is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling.

The most important inhabitants of Cirali are its Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead) turtles! Between the end of May and the beginning of August, turtles come to the beach in order to lay their eggs. Volunteers and employees of World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) regularly patrol the beach, placing cages over the nests of the Caretta Caretta eggs in order to protect them from human damage. The baby turtles hatch between the middle of July and the end of September and during this period it’s possible to see babies early in the morning while volunteers check the nests.

Many boat trips run from Cirali, visiting neighbouring bays and caves or making longer journeys to the sunken city of Kekova. We are happy to help you organise such tours.