Turkiye’s unique geographical location makes it the most convenient gateway between Asia and Europe. From a culinary point of view, you can savor the local culture through traditional dishes such as kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delight. But that’s not all; you can also explore the impressive bazaars, get pampered in Turkish baths, visit the many attractions, and dive into the nation’s rich history. In addition, the country boasts stunning beaches and an array of water sports activities, making it the most ideal getaway for those who seek a maritime adventure.
Why do yacht enthusiasts love Turkiye so much? The 500 islands and inlets of Turkiye offer yacht enthusiasts a variety of options for sailing, cruising, and fishing. With its strategic location, Turkiye provides easy access to the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Marmara Sea. In addition to its extraordinary coastline, marvelous beaches, and astounding flora and fauna, the country has much more to offer. Although Turkiye and Greece have many socio-cultural similarities the centuries-old rivalry between Turkiye and Greece also adds to the charm of these islands.
Yacht charters from Turkiye allow you to reach Greek islands such as Kos, Rhodes, Simi, Kalymnos, Samos, Lesbos, and Chios easily. The closest Greek island to Turkiye is Meis (Kastellorizo), located just 3.5 miles away from Kas. The continuous movement of tourists between the two countries cannot be avoided and is highly valued.
The coastal areas along the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea enjoy Mediterranean climates. It is characterized by hot dry summers and mild cool winters. The most enjoyable time for yachting is between late May and the end of October when temperatures are pleasant and more comfortable. Compared to the hot and humid conditions of July and August, June, September, and October are milder. During these milder months, historical sites, local life, and natural activities are perfect for exploring.
A yacht of your choice, miles of blue seas, and perfect weather conditions leave only one thing to add… food! Like all Mediterranean countries, Turkiye values dinner as its most significant meal of the day, but they place equal value on breakfast. Traditional Turkish breakfasts include honey, olives, cheese, bread, boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as tea.
Turkish cuisine is undoubtedly irreplaceable owing to its rich variety and impact on the world. It includes vegetarian olive oil-prepared dishes, delicious mezes, grilled meats of all kinds, and seafood in abundance. Spices and herbs are the cornerstones of Turkish cuisine, adding flavor, texture, and aroma to all dishes.
A meal in Turkiye would not be complete without raki, also known as Lion’s Milk, which is the national drink that contains 45% alcohol. Some people might find raki too strong, in which case Turkish wine is an excellent alternative. Turkiye produces most of its wine in the region surrounding the Aegean and Marmara Seas. Turkish wines are admired for their unique flavor, carefully crafted from traditional grape varieties that have been growing in the region for centuries.
The port city of Bodrum is situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Gokova on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula. It will take you 40 minutes to reach the harbor from Milas-Bodrum Airport, which is 37 km from the city center. There are many islands surrounding the city, including the Greek island of Kos. For those who wish to combine Turkiye and Greece on one trip, Bodrum is one of the most attractive destinations.
Why is it called the Saint Tropez of Turkiye? It is a popular tourist destination that draws people from all over the world. The high-end stores, glamorous beach clubs, stylish nightlife, luxury yachts, top culinary food, history, as well as the stunning coastline have drawn comparisons to Saint Tropez on the French Riviera.
Have you ever been to one of the seven wonders of the world? In Bodrum, you can! You can experience the beauty and grandeur of this wonder firsthand by visiting the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. In addition to Saint Peter’s Castle and Myndos Gate, you should also visit the Antique Theatre and the Windmills.
Marmaris is located on the Lycian coast southwest of Turkiye bordered by the stunning beauty of the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea to the south. It is located north of the Gulf of Gokova and south of the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the largest natural harbors in the world is found here, surrounded by pine-clad hills. Dalaman International Airport is the closest airport to Marmaris’ harbor, providing convenient connections to the city for visitors. The airport is located 95km away, and the drive takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Marmaris is a popular tourist destination for travelers who love the diversity of large hotels and resorts as well as the city center with its shops, restaurants, and bars. This region plays an essential role in the yachting industry for a number of reasons, including breathtaking surroundings, long coastlines, outstanding landscapes, isolated bays, inlets, and golden sand beaches.
It was once a small fishing village but has turned into a tourist center in recent years, beckoning visitors with its natural beauty and extraordinary vegetation. Located on the Bozburun Peninsula, Bozburun is about 40 kilometers away from Marmaris. This beautiful town overlooks the Datça Peninsula and the Greek island of Symi. If you are coming from Dalaman Airport, you can reach Bozburun after a 139 km winding road via Marmaris.
Life here is peaceful, calm, and serene, especially in the fall and winter. It is much more enjoyable to explore the Bozburun peninsula from the seaside by chartering a private yacht and participating in the Blue Cruise experience.
Among the highlights of Bozburun are the ruins of Loryma on Asar Hill, as well as the Carian Way. This is a very popular hiking trail that offers magnificent views. Bozburun shipyards have made significant progress in recent years with the construction of luxurious and large wooden gulets. It is gaining more and more recognition throughout the world, including Turkiye.
Up until 20 years ago, it was a picturesque fishing village with pure and natural beauty that could only be reached by sea. It has become one of the most popular stops for ‘Blue Cruise’ visitors traveling between Bodrum and Marmaris in recent years.
Selimiye lies 45 km from the center of Marmaris on the Bozburun Peninsula, within one of the safest bays of Hisarönü Gulf. What makes it one of the safest bays? Selimiye which had an important strategic location in history was a port for seafarers to seek shelter during harsh weather.
There is a lighthouse, a church, and a theater located just 100 meters away from the beach. Not only this, but Selimiye is also home to many other attractions, such as art galleries, restaurants, and parks, all of which are within easy walking distance.
The town of Fethiye is a newly developed tourism center in the southwest of Turkiye. It lies along a sheltered bay on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Fethiye, with the Taurus Mountains flanking the Mediterranean Sea to the west. Dalaman Airport is 50 kilometers away from Fethiye harbor, which takes about an hour.
The city is a popular holiday destination for people of all ages because of the variety of activities it offers on land and sea. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, paragliding over the majestic Mountain Baba is an experience not to be missed. Butterfly Valley with its abundance of wildlife, home to hundreds of butterfly species, and rich in flora and fauna, is a sight to behold. Dive deep into the depths of Saklikent Gorge, the deepest canyon in the world. Last but not least, discover the secrets of Kayakoy and learn the history of the Lycians while you’re there.
Besides being home to many bird species, mountain goats, and turtles, the region of Fethiye is also very rich in endemic plants. Furthermore, its crystal clear waters, numerous islands, and hidden coves make Fethiye an ideal place to explore by boat. It is unbelievable how much more there is to see from the seaside than what you can see on land.
Fethiye is a newer developed town in Southwestern Turkey. It lies along a sheltered bay in the eastern part of the Gulf of Fethiye. The Mediterranean Sea is backed by the western ranges of the Taurus Mountains. Dalaman Airport is 50 km of distance, to reach the harbor will take you about an hour.
The city has a variety of activities on land and sea. For that reason, it is a favored holiday destination for people of all ages. For example paragliding from Mountain Baba with its breathtaking sceneries. Or visit Butterfly Valley rich in flora and fauna and above all home to hundreds of butterfly species. Saklikent Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Not only the abandoned ancient city of Kayakoy but also explore the story of the Lycians. Visit these monuments scattered throughout the city of Fethiye. Well, is there more? Definitely!
Besides being a region where many bird species, mountain goats, and turtles can be seen. Fethiye is also very rich in terms of endemic plants. Imagine everything that you can see on land, will just amaze you more from the seaside.
Known as the pearl of the Mediterranean Sea, Gocek was designated a Registered Area of Special Protection in 1988. This recognition of Gocek’s natural beauty and ecological significance has made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the region. The town is located 27 km from Fethiye and 25 km from Dalaman Airport.
As a result of its six marinas, Gocek is taking the lead in the yachting industry. These marinas include Club Marina, Skopea Marina, Municipality Marinas, Marinturk Gocek Village Port, Marinturk Gocek Exclusive, and D-Marin Gocek.
With its enchanting coves and well-known twelve islands, this town is an indispensable stop for sailors and yacht enthusiasts. In addition to Lycian rock tombs, Greek ruins of abandoned homes, and a sunken bath where Cleopatra bathed herself, these islands feature pine forests, turquoise waters, and beautiful beaches.