Turkey is a land of history, culture and mythology and an amazing meeting point of east and west. The Turkish landscape is often described as a "symphony of sounds, smells and people in the most unlikely combinations". Sail in Turkey and explore the many islands, secluded coves and hidden ancient ruins of the Turkish Mediterranean.
Göcek Bay stands out as a favorite sailing ground among Turkish and international sailors alike. The scenery is among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean with lots of coves and bays with pine trees leaning over the crystal clear waters, in which you can swim or snorkel.
The best time of the year to charter a yacht in Gocek is between May and October, when the weather is at its best. July and August are the most crowded months in this part of Turkey, so if tranquillity is what you seek, you should opt for May, June, September or October. It is generally safe to navigate in this area, except for around the Yassica islands, where a number of sunken structures pose some danger for those who are unfamiliar with the area.
The usual yacht charter route departing from Marmaris runs along the Bozburun Peninsula, past the Greek island of Symi and into the Gulf of Hisaronu. Unlike the popuar and crowded city of Marmaris, the route offers a completely tranquil setting with quiet anchorages, small coves, pristine beaches and small towns and villages with quaint restaurants all with private jetties and great local food. The area is also famous for a great number of important historical sites to explore.
You have the option of sailing within the Gulf of Gokova or going around the Datca Peninsula to the Bay of Hisarönü, either of which means a wonderful yacht charter holiday.
An old sponge-diver community, modern Bodrum is a boisterous yet easy-going city with a fascinating history. The Bodrum Museum is a historical castle built by the Hospitaller Knights in the beginning of the 15th Century from the ruins of the Mausoleum that dates back to 4th Century BC. Today there are the remnants of two ancient shipwrecks on display in the museum, one of which is the famous "Glass Shipwreck of Serce Bay."
A popular tourist destination rivalling Mykonos, there are numerous restaurants and bars in Bodrum, as well as big supermarkets and an old bazaar where you can stock up your boat and perhaps shop for souvenirs.
Sailing away from Bodrum, you also leave modern life behind and enter a realm of pine forests reaching down from steep hills to embrace the turquoise bays, dotted with the relics of many past civilizations to behold.
Carved into the coast of the Gulf of Gokova are numerous bays, inlets and coves, some of which have jetties and small restaurants. The north side of the gulf is home to the bays of Akbuk, Alakisla and Cokertme, while the south eastern part has countless small anchorages and bays to choose from. Yedi Adalar (seven islands), Ingiliz Limani (English Harbor) and Kargili Buku are the most noteworthy among them.
The name of Ingiliz Limani (English Harbor) goes back to WW II, when a group of Royal Marine commandos used the well sheltered bay as a base to attack targets in the Dodecanese islands, though no evidence of their activities exists today. Instead, you will find a few local restaurants in the area where you can sample specialties like poached spotted grouper or char-grilled octopus, as well as lamb roasted on a spit, for which you need to pre-order the day before.
Cleopatra's Island is another spot not to be missed. You can snorkel around the island and swim ashore to bask in the sun on the famous fine white sands of the island. According to the legend, Cleopatra loved the island so much that Mark Anthony brought the sands from North Africa as a gift for her.
An alternative route for your yacht charter with a Bodrum departure is the Gulf of Hisaronu. Saliling south from Bodrum, around the Datca Peninsula and past the ancient city of Knidos, you will arrive in the Gulf of Hisaronu, a sailor's paradise with countless small coves and bays to anchor, Datca, Orhaniye, Selimiye and Dirsek Buku being the most recommended among them. Of course, if tou book a two-week yacht charter, you will be able to enjoy sailing in both of these areas.
Located in the center of the Lycian Coast of Turkey, Fethiye is one of the most picturesque sailing destinations in Turkey. You can charter a sailing yacht or a traditional local gulet for an unforgettable week of cruising. Fethiye offers crystal clear turquoise waters, wonderful beaches, rocky cliffs and pine forests and scores of archaeological sites to visit.
Due to the warm Mediterranean climate, the Fethiye area has a relatively long season, from May to October. The summer months, especially July and August are most crowded, and if you want to avoid crowds, you should charter in May, June, September or October. With lots of small islands, inlets and bays, the area offers a great choice of anchorages, with shelter from winds from all directions.