Nowhere in the world is quite like Turkey, a land of striking contrasts that manages carefully to embrace the new without casting off its thousands of years of history. Exploring Turkey’s southern coast by yacht is the only way to discover its real beauty. Sailing along whilst bathed in sunshine, which can last for as much as 10 months of the year provides idyllic cruising in crystal clear waters with pleasant and predictable breezes all under bright blue skies. Venture ashore to explore wonderful forgotten anchorages each lined with ancient rock tombs and other archaeological sites including such favourites as Cleopatra's island, Knidos, ancient Caunos, Patara and Kekova most of which can be seen from the sea. The Turk's are the friendliest of local people and meeting them as they go about their business amongst the small sleepy fishing villages of this wonderful experience - Turkey surely is a yachtsman's paradise.
Anchor in sheltered coves located at the foot of a mountainous coastline. Swim off your yacht in clear turquoise waters where simple wooden jetties provide walkways to your evening's waterside restaurant. Eating out is the way of life for the Turks and they are proud of their varied cuisine. The setting is as often as memorable as is the food, with wonderful 'Meze' starters of taste Borek, small pastry rolls stuffed with cheese and spinach, also stuff peppers, bean salads and aubergines dips, followed by kebabs of chicken or lamb. Oven baked fish and meat casseroles make a welcome change to chicken and chips.
Sailing in Turkey - Where to sail and cruise from
Our main yacht charter bases are in Marmaris and Gocek in the southwest, providing easy cruising along the stunning Lycian coast, taking in the popular ports of Orhaniye, Fethiye and Kalkan. The yacht base at Bodrum provides excellent sailing in the unrivalled scenic Gulf of Gokova.
Sailing Conditions are reliable with northwesterly winds Force 2-4, occasionally 5-6, from late morning until late afternoon. These winds fade as the sun goes down to give a calm night on anchor in one of the numerous sheltered bays and anchorages. The sailing season runs from early May to late October.
Sail and Stay Holidays in Turkey
Compliment your sailing holiday in Turkey with a week ashore by a stay in one of our excellent selection of hotels or villas.