Sailing Holidays Turkey gulet
There are two particular favourites. Some fly into Milas near Bodrum for a blue cruise in the extreme south west corner of the Turkish Riviera. The Bodrum Marmarisitinerarytakes passengers on a yacht charter around the Datca Peninsula, passing the Greek Island of Symi and then the larger island of Rhodes before reaching the final destination of Marmaris. Along the way there are plenty of quiet coves and deserted beaches while Datca itself is famous for its fresh produce, especially tomatoes. The Peninsula may seem barren at times but it is extremely fertile.
On a gulet charter everyone loses track of time. Breakfast lunch and dinner are all provided on a gulet cruise and there are regular stops, day and night to enjoy a swim or a little fishing; dinner can be catch of the day together with the fresh produce collected from the small towns and villages along the way.
A luxury gulet leaves nothing to chance. The climate is guaranteed through the months of summer. The sea will be clear and warm and a sun tan taken as read. You just need to be careful on a blue cruise not to get too much so have plenty of sun taan cream ready as well as something to cover your head.
There is no need to stop at Marmaris if you have the time to go on. Marmaris Fethiye is another popular itinerary choice, heading east along the Turkish coastline. There is plenty to see along the way. If you are interested in history you may like to anchor at Iztuzu Beach and take a traditional gulet with a local captain through the Dalyan Delta to see the famous rock tombs carved in the rock that faces the small town. They date back to the Lycians who occupied this whole region in the days before Christ.
As you approach Fethiye there are numerous unihabited islands which are a popular day tour amongs holidaymakers, starting at the marina in Gocek or from Fethiye itself. One place close to Fethiye that is popular with Turkish gulets carrying tourists on a sailing holiday is Tersane Island which was used as a port by the Ottoman fleet in World War I. İts Greek inhabitants left in the population exchange in 1922 as the Turkish Republic was being formed. The ruins of their houses are still evident among the orchards and goat herds. It is a great place for a final swim before the end of your gulet cruise.
It is worth having a couple of days after your Turkish gulet holiday to explore the growing town of Fethiye, its history and many local attractions. They include the beautiful Butterfly Valley and the deserted village of Kayakoy which was also the home to Greeks before the formation of the Turkish Republic. Dalaman Airport is less than an hour to the west and serves both tourists heading west to Marmaris and east to Fethiye and beyond. Through the months from Easter until winter arrives there are direct flights to many regional airports throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Once you have done a blue voyage in a sailing boat, you are certain to come back for more. Iof you have enjoyed this small part of Turkey there is still more to see, perhaps heading out east along the coast from Fethiye where there are plenty of historical and cultural attractions as well as all the things associated with gulet sailing, charter luxury and the excellent climate. Cruise holidays are the best way to enjoy the coast Turkey possesses and a private gulet charter is the way to do it.