Yachting in Turkey offers excellent conditions for travelers in Turkey; the sandy and rocky coastline, independent islands and coves, the incredible beauty of the bays, combines the splendor of nature and the greatness of the ancient monuments of architecture, which travelers can reach only by boat. Yachting in Turkey is going through a period of active development. The Turkish Aegean coastline is ideal for those who first decided to try to relax on the boat; lots of closed bays, coastal archipelagos of islands. They can go on the boat in any weather and find the opportunity to stay almost any time during their holiday. To some of the monuments and architecture of ancient history, it can only be reached by yachting in Turkey. They are all worthy of attention. If you want, you can sail to the Greek islands, as well.Yachting in Turkey is developing day by day by the construction of new ports and marinas. Sailors and yacht owners can quickly find a good anchorage. With the increase in number of marinas, sailors do not have to stay in the same places even while passing twice on the same route. All these make their yachting holiday easy and enjoyable.
The major departure ports for yachting in Turkey are Marmaris, Gocek, Bodrum, Fethiye, Kas, Kemer, Antalya, etc. thru Mediterranean coast and recently thru Aegean coastline. Traditionally, the sailing season is summer, but autumn and winter would be no less interesting for yachting in Turkey. Actually, for those who are fan of sailing sports, off-season winds can be even more attractive.
The port is located in Marmaris town center – province of Mugla in the Southwest Turkey-. Surrounded by mountains, this cozy bay has 3 parking for 1,100 yachts and 9 boat yards for 1,200 yachts. In one and a half hour, you can reach to the Dalaman International Airport. Starting from Marmaris, the yacht sailors who aims to cruise thru the west can sail in the Gulf of Hisaronu and Bodrum, or to the east in Gulf of Gocek and Fethiye. Winds in sailing should not be a concern, because the entrance to the bay is protected by a large island. The city itself is often compared to the Spanish Ibiza because of the large number of bars and nightclubs. However, nearby is the village of Turunc where suitable for those who like a quiet holiday. From Marmaris is also reachable by ferry from the Greek island of Rhodes.
Gocek is a small village located in a 30 minutes distance to Fethiye and 25 minutes from Dalaman International Airport. There are 5 greatly equipped marinas, offices, major Turkish charter companies, as well branches of international supermarkets like Migros, Carrefour, etc. Gocek has a great potential due to its geographical position. It is a must stop for the yachts cruising from Marmaris, Fethiye, Kekova, Bodrum, Kas, Kalkan. Entrance of the gulf, the yachts should be operated with an utmost care, as the bay is open to winds.
Bodrum – is the starting point for Turkish Blue Cruises. To the south of Bodrum has Black Island (Kara Ada) with therapeutic hot springs and pine forests. In the south lies the picturesque Gulf of Gokova. Yachts heading north of Bodrum can make a stop at the secluded bay of Gulluk with nice beaches.
Recently, the yachtsmen who wish to get into the bays of Kas, Fethiye, Gocek, Kalkan, Kapi, Kekova and Kemer can moor by Finike Marina. This local marina is an important town and at the same times a good mooring up to 350 yachts. On the coast there are numerous travel agencies, stalls, office buildings, supermarkets and restaurants. It is a widespread misconception that the hobby sailing, yacht charter and sailing holidays are only for elite society.Yachting in Turkey is affordable and for every budget. It would be good to quote what Mark Twain expressed; “In twenty years you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than the ones you did. So quit the quiet harbor. Feel tail wind in your sail. Go ahead. Dream. Open up. ” Experience Yachting in Turkey; a beautiful nature, the sea and the loved ones. A way of life motivated, free and open to the joy of the people. Boats, the sea, the wind, the sails … as it is romantic.