Turkey is surrounded by turquoise waters of the four seas, the Mediterranean, the Aegean, the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Its indented coastline provides splendid bays, coves, inlets and different anchorages for yachtsmen where they can enjoy various water sport activities; swimming, diving, waterskiing, fishing, or simply experience cultural heritage of the ancient cities and beauty of the surroundings.
The coast of Turkey is one of the most beautiful and attractive sailing and cruising destinations. It can be divided into four charter areas. The Ionian coast (from Izmir to Bodrum) boasts one of the best climate conditions in Turkey. This area is ideal for bareboat and gullet charters. Though it is beautiful and charming there, you may run into few yachts and it won’t be too crowded. Attractive anchorages and ports may be found in Izmir, Cesme, Kusadasi, Sigacik, Bodrum and other places. One can easily approach the Eastern Sporades as well as the Dodecanese Islands starting from one of the bases on the Ionian coast.
Another attractive sailing area is the mountainous and green Carian coast. The coastline abounds in bays, sandy beaches, rock tombs, many historical sites, anchorages and ports such as Gökeva, Cökertme, Sehir Adalari, Sögut, Mersinçik, Datça, Bençik, Marmaris and other ports. Greek waters are easy to cross from here.
The west Lycian coast comprises the stretch from Marmaris to Göcek and Fethiye, while the east Lycian coast extends further east, from Fethiye towards Antalya. The whole Lycian coastline is mountainous and rugged with impressive cliffs and ravines. One can find safe and beautiful green anchorages on the west coast, and a few secluded coves and bays between Kalkan and Finike. Ports, cultural and historical sites can be found in Fethiye, Kalkan, Kas, Antalya and other places.
The Turkish coastline abounds in marvellous bays and coves offering safe anchorages and splendid surroundings. The southwest coast is an ideal cruising ground.
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Set sail for turquoise waters of the four seas of Turkey. You will surely experience a sailing adventure of historical and cultural features. Turkey is a land of ancient cities, magnificent scenery, rugged coastline, grand cliffs, warm, clear waters and favorable winds.
Some of the charter itineraries in Turkey cover regions such as Marmaris, Bodrum, Antalya and are available as 7 or 14 day round trips.
A sailing vacation is an excellent option for it provides flexibility, independence and you can escape the crowd on shore and set sail to the open sea.
Turkey is a land of four seas, thus it boasts of numerous ports and marinas. Here are some of the most important ports in the north along the coast of the Black Sea: Istanbul, Trabzon, Samsun and Sinop.
Yachting has become extremely popular activity in Turkey which resulted in a large number of marinas all along the coast, between Istanbul and Antalya. Besides providing all the facilities one needs during his stay, most marinas offer different entertainment activities as well.