Charters on Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Turkey’s Aegean Coast, with it’s yachting destinations of Bodrum, Gokova, Marmaris, Gocek and Fethiye, is an ideal location and a Mediterranean Classic for yachting and sailing throughout the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Some call it the greatest undiscovered destination on the planet. Its high mountains provide shelter from the prevailing winds and its waters have made it a trading path for ancient civilizations through the centuries. The numerous motor yachts, gulets and yachting services in Bodrum, Marmaris and Gocek provide an opportunity to explore the silent and relaxing bays, hidden coves, and warm yourself under the Mediterranean sun. For tips on Turkey and taking a vacation or holiday on a Turkish Gulet .

A Turkey based cruise is -first of all- a lovely escape from the drabness of daily life for a period. On the Aegean Cruise one sails along the southwestern Turkish coastline, into solitary bays, crystal clear and virgin waters, picturesque small villages and archeological treasures. Wherever you come from and however old you are, after a week or two at sea, you’ll become a part of the friendly Turkish community and at one with nature.


Marmaris is a heavenly place where you can see all tones of green and blue for twelve months per a year. It is a marvelous location where both tourists and sailors can take their vacations in five star hotels or the most modest boarding house with plenty of bays within the long coastal line, being a natural harbor, and being near to the antic cities. Its natural beauty, adventure possibilities, modern yacht harbors, provide opportunities for all kinds of water sports in the bay. Marmaris, has been known for its fishing, sponge fishing and perfumed plants for thousands of years. Marmaris, was able to open itself to the external world easily due to excellent road transportation and nearby Dalaman Airport and more recently, the Rodos Ferry. It has become a favorite destination for tourists due to being on the Datça road and being near to the main Fethiye road. As well as being a large natural harbor suitable for anchoring yachts, there are many new full service marinas. Its Mediterranean climate allows the possibility of enjoying the water even in the winter. It’s high surrounding mountains and pine forests provide protection from the winds during the summer months. Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar Orientalis), seen rarely within the world and oriental plane trees with wide leaves compose the gorgeous green textures of Marmaris.

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Homer’s description of Bodrum as “The land of eternal blue” and the words of another resident of Bodrum, Cevat Sakir, who said “The heavenly bliss of life in Bodrum is better than any eternal bliss that may await us” were not without foundation in reality. Throughout history Bodrum, known as Halikarnassos in ancient times, has always been fought over and people have been unwilling to share its beauty with others.

Built on a peninsula formed by the meeting of the eastern and western harbors, Bodrum, with its narrow streets winding down to the sea, is famous for its castle, its world-renowned yachts, its shipyards and the dazzling white houses and tombs lining the shores of its two harbors.

Today Bodrum has everything that one would expect to find in a vacation getaway. It is an important tourist center in both winter and summer. Bodrum has what it takes to make everyone feel at home, from the rich yacht owners who come from around the globe to the penny-counting tourists who just wants a reasonable room so that he can stretch his budget to make his vacation last.

Because of the archeological and natural riches of the area, Antalya is called the Turkish Riviera. The sea and sun, nature and history all come together in magical harmony here where the best and cleanest beaches on the Mediterranean are found. The 630 km shoreline of the province is literally strewn with ancient cities and harbors, memorial tombs and golden beaches and it is laced with charming little coves, lush forests and streams. With its palm-lined boulevards, its internationally acclaimed marina and the charming castle with its traditional architecture set amidst the bustle of a modern city, Antalya is center of tourism in Turkey. Antalya hosts are wide range of sporting events: International Beach Volleyball, the Triathlon, Golf Tournaments, Archery, Tennis, Canoeing competitions and many more. The Cultural Center of Antalya, which opened in 1995 host cultural and art events like plastic art, music, theater and a number of exhibitions.
Turkish Gastronomy

Turkey is a land where East meets West and so the food is a fusion of both cultures. The Turkish people love to eat Mezes (similar idea to Tapas) and these can be an epic feast of many different dishes. Mezes may have originated in Greece but the Turks have taken this Mediterranean food and made it their own with varied spices. Turkish food is regarded as one of the worlds greatest cuisines! If you are a gastronome then Turkey is the place for you.

The food is fresh and healthy, full of locally grown ingredients. Bread is baked fresh each morning and you will never be given “yesterdays” loaf. Turkish people are all about fresh and leftovers are unheard of. Every meal is cooked fresh each day. You will find an abundance of lamb and chicken dishes but no pork. Remember that although Turkey is secular it is still a Muslim country and pork is offensive to their religion. Turkey always has fresh produce to offer and it is not uncommon to find vines trailing over balconies in the South where the residents can pick the fruit right off the vine.

Turkey offers you food from many countries and in the larger towns, like Bodrum, you will find many international restaurants. And of course, you will find fast food if you want it. That is always good to know if you are traveling with children who may not share your enthusiasm for food that appears “different.”

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