What you need to know for Turkish sailing itineraries
We have identified a growing interest in Turkey and decided to collate our itineraries into one – The best Turkish sailing itineraries. It allows us to tell you more about what’s available out there.
We used all our local knowledge to bring you the best Turkish sailing itineraries. Whilst there are different cruising grounds, alternative sites to visit, the pure magic of the crystal clear waters is the common feature.
Turkish sailing itineraries can be used either for an individual’s charter or a group charter. This provides the opportunity to sail alongside others whilst enjoying the benefit of sailing experts with local knowledge of your waters.
No matter which one of our best Turkish sailing itineraries you choose, expect to find crystal clear blue sea, where gods once played amongst the sublime pebble laden coves. The perfect way to admire and adore this country’s coastline is by skimming through the crystal waters aboard a gulet where you can party, or plain relax with the salt between your toes.
Discovering The Turkish Coastline
From one-restaurant bays to cosmopolitan resorts, the Turkish Coastline is ideal for sailors of all experience levels.
Gentle winds make the area ideal for sailors of all experience levels.
You can also choose between short and long routes, and some combine Turkey with Greece.
Not only will you sail between bays with only one restaurant, but you can find more cosmopolitan bays as well. Essentially it’s back to basics, with simple and wholesome food, great sailing, and the chance to meet some of the most hospitable people on the planet.
Although some of the places near the coastline are undeveloped, you can find plenty of facilities near the large resorts of Fethiye, Marmaris, and Bodrum. You will be amazed by how different these resorts are, comparing to the rest coastline.
You can find easy and challenging sailing in both the Carian and Lycian areas, though even the hardest flotillas are not particularly difficult.
Bodrum Sailing Itinerary
Our Turkish sailing itineraries in Bodrum are the ideal sailing holiday for everyone with beautiful towns with plenty of places to explore, crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and small inlets and caves to discover along with beautiful trees and mountain lined coastlines. This itinerary has something for everyone.
Each stop and town has traditional Turkish delicacies, with much of the produce being grown locally, along with fresh fish and traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Lycian Sailing Itinerary
Gocek Bay is just 8 miles from top to bottom and is lined with coves and inlets, each with its own restaurant, along with the west and south sides. It’s only 12 miles from here to the east side of Fethiye Bay with a couple of smaller bays just a few miles further east towards Olu Deniz.
There are many places to visit in such a small area on one of our Turkish sailing itineraries. Some are naturally lucky, with an abandoned village near Cold Water Bay, rock tombs at Tomb Bay, and ruins at Tersane, at Gemiler near Karacaoren and opposite Wall Bay. Others lay on traditional barbers or offer a food specialty.
Some of the flotillas include Ekincik in their route. From here, you can take a pleasant day trip in a small boat up the Dalyan River.
Wherever you chose, you can be assured of a warm welcome from the locals for whom nothing is too much trouble.
Carian Sailing Itinerary
Our Turkish sailing itineraries in Carian can experience the contrasting scenery, from the lush greens of the Gokova Gulf to the arider southern area.
The area is bounded by two large resorts in Bodrum and Marmaris, but most stops are one restaurant bays or villages, with just a couple of towns in the area for provisioning.
Beaches range from sand to pebble, a significant archaeological site at Knidos, and plenty of traditional cultural attractions such as carpet making and boat building.
Heading to the west, you’ll quite often find winds on the nose. In general, the level of sailing is easy to moderate.
Gocek Sailing Itinerary
The town is surrounded by 12 beautiful islands, each with its own unique features (many include mountains, hills, caves, and plenty more unique things to explore).
Gocek is located within a National Park with forest pines and low houses that offer breathtaking views out into the ocean.
You can visit Icmeler is a beautiful beach resort near Marmaris.
There is a wide range of sporting and cultural activities and excursions you can try on one of our Turkish sailing itineraries.
The nightlife is vibrant, and there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to choose from; and just down the road, the many Marmaris nightclubs provide nights not far off those found in Ibiza.
Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island-Cedrae) is a must-visit place located near Marmaris. It is famous for its golden sandy beach and the ancient city of Cedrae.
The remnants of the city walls can be seen. There is an interesting beach on the small bay on the northwest of the island where it is believed that Cleopatra swam.
According to the legend, Cleopatra and Antonius swam here, and the sands have been brought by the ships from North Africa. It’s been said that this type of sand can only be seen in Egypt.
Aqua and Water Park in Marmaris
Take a day out to visit the Marmaris Water & Aqua Parks. It is packed with enough thrilling water rides, chutes, and bumper boats to make both kids and adults want to come back another day for more.
Water parks in Marmaris are very popular with their fascinating environment; it attracts most teenagers and children.
Marmaris Castle and Museum
It is believed that Marmaris Castle was first built by the Ionians (1044 BC) and later on repaired during Alexander the Great.
Till the 1970s, the castle has been an accommodation area. There are 18 houses, a fountain, and an arc inside the castle area. The Museum is located inside the Castle.
The Castle has seven indoor areas; two of them are organized as an archaeology lounge, and one of them is organized as an ethnography lounge. The remaining areas are used as art galleries and storage.
Marmaris Castle has an outstanding landscape. Highly recommended for a daily trip and to see the Marmaris panorama both during the day and night.
Marmaris and Bodrum are significant towns for diving tourism in Turkey. There are 52 diving locations in and around Marmaris and many other spots in Bodrum.
Daily diving tours are being organized for professionals and beginners as well, from the central Marmaris port.
If you want to take as much advantage as possible of discovering the crystal clear underwater world of the Aegean & Mediterranean Seas, then we recommend you to experience the diving adventure in the beautiful Marmaris bays and underwater environment.
Marmaris Grand Bazaar - Carsi Market
In between lying in the sun and enjoying the thrills and spills of your sailing in Marmaris, take some time to do some shopping and find some souvenirs, as there are markets and shopping facilities right behind the beach.
You can find a range of traditional Turkish items here to take back as souvenirs, such as onyx vases, bowls, ashtrays, mosaic lanterns, Turkish clothes, metal wares, leather, carpets, shoes, bags, and jewellery.
Away from the main street, lined cheek-to-jowl with restaurants and bars, it still retains much of its original sleepy riverside character.
Once a small farming community, today, the atmospheric ruins of Kaunos and hinterland of fertile, beautiful waterways bring an armada of excursion boats from Marmaris and Fethiye knocking on its door during summer.
As well as the ruins on its doorstep, this is an excellent base for exploring Lake Köyceğiz and the turtle nesting grounds at nearby İztuzu Beach.
Staying riverside, you will admire Dalyan’s most famous feature: the mighty Kings’ Tombs of ancient Kaunos; hewn into the cliffs, they take on a golden glow like the sunsets.
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