Some 383 beaches in Turkey were awarded Blue Flag status; the most the country has ever received and 59 more than last year. Turkey now has the third highest number of Blue Flag beaches out of all 48 countries that participate in the scheme, which recognises coastal areas for water quality, environmental management, safety and services. The country also has 21 Blue Flag marinas, currently the seventh highest number.
For Turkish property, the awards are a real bonus as expats and second-home buyers seek out clean, safe beaches. "Turkey is raising its game and improving the quality of its beaches and marinas," says Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue. "The knock-on effect is positive for the property market - being near a Blue Flag beach can only help a property hold value."
Antalya on Turkey's Mediterranean coast now has 179 Blue Flag beaches, more than double that of any other Turkish region, while Mugla has the second highest number with 76. For Mr Walker, it only goes to show the "untapped" potential in Turkish real estate.
"Away from the main resorts, there are dozens of stunning beaches and bays that many foreigners never encounter, real gems each with a selection of properties to choose from," he adds. "The Bodrum Peninsula in Mugla is a good example, where the smaller resorts of Gundogan, Turgutreis, Gumusluk and Yalikavak all have Blue Flag beaches combined with stunning property to buy."
Other areas for beach-loving buyers to look out for include the popular resorts of Alanya and Side in Antalya. But the region also boasts plenty of property in less-well trodden but very picturesque areas, such as Camyuva or Goynuk, both near Kemer. Prices in Turkey are also attractive. In Gundogan, for example, a new three-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex villa on a smart development just ten minutes' walk from the Blue Flag beach starts from €142,296 (£122,000).