Sailing in Turkey Gulet
If you have not heard about the delights of a blue cruise along the Turkish coast in a private charter then it is possible that there is a real holiday experience waiting for you on the Turquoise Coast. Turkey has become an increasingly popular tourist destination over recent years as people have discovered it offers much more than just sun, sea and sand. Everyone wants a healthy suntan from their summer holiday but suntans soon fade, certainly far more quickly than memories. It will not just be the photographs on your smart phone that you can refer to when you are at home and winter has returned; the pictures that Turkey will imprint on your mind will be just as vivid.
Traditional wooden gulet cruises provide plenty of relaxation and the chance to sail along Turkey’s southern shores. The Eastern Mediterranean and its crystal clear waters are a delight. The climate is predictable, rarely a cloud in the sky throughout the long summer months, and all along the coast Turkey can boast secluded bays and coves well away from any crowds. You can put down anchor anytime. It is arguably the best way to experience Turkey and all it has to offer. You will make regular stops on a gulet charter to replenish your stock of food.
If you just want to relax there is no better way to do it, gulet cruising on calm seas with an experienced captain to oversee your every need. You can expect full board, breakfast, lunch and dinner with locally produced fruit and vegetables, herbs and olive oil used to provide wonderful meals. You may even catch dinner if you drop a hook into the sea; red mullet and sea bass are two common fish in these waters. You can get herbs from local markets but they grow wild on the mountains that hug this coastline. Perhaps you might take the time to go and find them yourself though you may need help from your crew.
The Turkish Coastline, especially the Mediterranean Coast, offers plenty to see and do. Cruise holidays on a luxury gulet often start at Fethiye, a growing town less than an hour east of Dalaman and its international airport. Turkish gulets cruise along the coast in either direction; west past Gocek and Dalyan with its famous Iztuzu Beach towards Marmaris and the Datca Peninsula or east and a treasure trove of history and culture.
To the east there is Myra near modern day Demre, the home of St.Nicholas, Olympos and the sunken city on the Island of Kekova. If you enjoy diving you might call at Kas which is rapidly becoming one of the main diving centres in Turkey; clear water means you are unlikely to be disappointed with what you see whether it is the shipwrecks or the variety of fish, even turtles.
The most famous place for turtles in the region is in fact on the aforementioned Iztuzu Beach where the endangered loggerhead turtle nests each summer, the reason why the area is now protected.
If you enquire about a gulet cruise you can expect expert advice on what is available on a cabin charter. A traditional Turkish sailing boat, the wooden gulet has been seen down this coastline for many years. When you make a decision to sail Turkey can rightly point to be an ideal place to do it. Even if you look at the last minute there is a good chance there will be availability on a number of itineraries.
When it comes to holidays Turkey stands comparison with anywhere. It is a relatively short flight from population centres of both Europe and the Middle East. A yacht charter is a unique way to enjoy the country’s coastline. If you have not considered cruises Turkey is likely to change your mind. The seas are calm and no problem against even the most fragile of ‘’sailors.’’ It will cost you nothing to do some research on a gulet charter, nor to make contact with a specialist Turkish gulet company to ask questions. You will not regret that you did and once you have experienced gulet sailing, it is likely you will return time after time.