A yacht vacation in Turkey is a bucket-list-worthy experience for Magnum owners. Yachting in Turkey is as relaxing as it is exciting, offering beautiful scenery and calm waters. Continue reading below to discover how to make the most of your yacht vacation in Turkey.
Why a Yacht Vacation in Turkey?
There is a timeless ambiance to this part of the world that makes it one of the most relaxing destinations on Earth – somewhere to re-charge the batteries in sublime surroundings. Over the course of Turkey’s long and beautiful summer, the good winds and moderate seas make an exploration of the deepwater bays and mountainous coastline of southern Turkey, with its historic sites, sleepy fishing villages and bustling towns, a yachting vacation to remember. On top of these, the Turkish coastline can be combined with cruising in the Dodecanese Islands, in Greece, making this destination ideal for people who seek adventure and exploring.
In Turkey, the most common areas to yacht are the Eastern Carian, the Western Carian and the Western Lycian which offer the perfect yachting experience for all captains – from the minimum to the highest level of difficulty. The Carian offers contrasting scenery, from the lush greens of the Gokova Gulf to the more arid 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. There are beaches ranging from sand to pebble, a significant archaeological site at Knidos and plenty of traditional cultural attractions such as carpet making and boat building. Most of the yachting there is considered easy. Around the peninsula headlands, seas can be a little turbulent but you’ll soon be through. Heading to the west you’ll quite often find winds on the nose. In general, the level of yachting is easy to moderate.
The Western Lycian yachting itineraries are centered around Gocek Bay and Fethiye Bay. This compact yachting area is ideal for newly qualified skippers or less experienced crews. Gocek Bay is just 8 miles from top to bottom and is lined with coves and inlets, each with its own restaurant, along 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. 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.
Wherever you chose you can be assured of a warm welcome from the locals for whom nothing is too much trouble.