Yacht rental in Turkey has been a popular way to discover this beautiful country for the past three decades. The richness of the Turkish culture attracts people from the farthest corners of our planet. It is a unique land where the West meets the East and blends in a colourful mix of flavours.
Sailing in Turkey and exploring its coast fun of treasures is a therapy for the mind and soul. Ancient towns, ruins of the past civilizations, secluded coves and fisherman villages, delicious Ottoman cuisine, warmhearted people - this is what to expect when renting a gulet in Turkey.
GULET travel experts share with you the most interesting places to see in Turkey when you’re on a yacht charter vacation.
Marmaris is a very popular yacht charter base. Many gulet cruises start or finish tours in this vibrant summer town. It is located approximately 90 km away from Dalaman international airport, so it is easy to reach it. Many travellers stay here to enjoy sunny days, fresh and clean air, and delicious food. Marmaris is not rich with historical ruins or important touristic attractions, but it is blessed with amazing nature. In the town you should enjoy some local shopping at the bazaar, visit the old castle, and stop by at Bar Street, famous for the nightlife. Outside of Marmaris, there are gorgeous bays to enjoy swimming, snorkelling, water skiing, and other water sports activities.
Bodrum is like Ibiza in Spain, Saint-Tropez in France, Mykonos in Greece, or perhaps - a beautiful mix of all three.
When you hire a yacht in Bodrum, you choose to experience a cosmopolite side of the Mediterranean bliss. Visit local authentic bazar and the stores of Bodrum where you’ll find the captivating aroma of different spices, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Go for carpet or traditional pottery shopping. When the night slowly descends on the town, it is time to party all night long in the famous Bodrum night clubs. Bodrum is full of celebrities in summer who come here to celebrate life.
Datca offers some of Turkey’s most picturesque anchorages. The nature of this town is almost untouched. It is not industrialized at all, and people who follow eco & organic style of life will enjoy this place much. Have a walk through Datca town for some shopping and sightseeing how locals live. Perhaps take a short drive to "The Olive Farm" - Datca's biggest organic farm, where you can try numerous varieties of organic olive oil and vinegar.
And don’t skip Eski Datca («Old Datca), a small quarter of the town famous for its winding cobblestone streets of the original Greek settlement. It is a haven for artisans.
It is a very popular place to see when you’re on a yacht cruise between Gocek and Marmaris. A trip on a small wooden boat along the delta of Dalyan River to reach the ruins of ancient Caunos is a truly unique experience. It is all about impressive views, nature, and peace in this part of Turkey. Both adults and kids love this river trip.
Hisaronu bay is one of the most beautiful yachting destinations in the whole Eastern Mediterranean. Even though is very popular for gulets to cruise here, somehow you don’t feel crowded in this part of Turkey. More than that - you experience unique privacy sailing between rugged mountains and unspoiled landscapes of Hisaronu bay. It is a perfect spot where you can relax your body and mind away from the noise of the modern world. We recommend visiting such places as Selimiye and Orhaniye villages, and of course to pay a visit to D Maris Bay, one of the most luxurious hotels in Turkey. It features amazing restaurants and several sandy beaches where charterers often like to spend an afternoon. We can aloe book a spa procedure for you to enjoy while you’re on holiday.
Kekova yacht charter stop is one of the most intriguing. The major attraction here is the sunken city which you can see quite clearly because the water here is so clear. One more way to enjoy Kekova is to climb uphill to reach the medieval fortress of ancient Simena. The breathtaking view is guaranteed.
Kaş is one of the main reasons why you would sail on a yacht in this area of Turkey. It is a small seaside town with white-washed houses decorated with blooming bougainvillaea where local people and tourists enjoy unhurried life tempo. Artisan shops, souvenir kiosks, authentic restaurants and cafes make this little place look and feel like the most romantic town in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Fethiye is a home base for many Turkish gulets. It is located near the international airport of Dalaman. That’s why many yacht cruises start in this lovely town because it is very easy to reach the place if you travel from abroad. You can rent a yacht in Fethiye and set on a cruise towards Gocek, Marmaris, Bodrum, and many other Turkish blissful summer places.
The nature in Fethiye is real magic. It is all green here. There are beautiful rugged mountains around and some of the most beautiful bays to drop the anchor at. You will love it if you like historical ruins, canyons, valleys, and authentic villages that are located near. Must places to see when you’re in this area are Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley, Saklikent Canyon, Kayakoy ghost town.
Oludeniz from Turkish means «The Dead Sea». This is a lagoon which boasts a beautiful and long white pebble beach. Aerial photos of Oludeniz are iconic and became a symbol of South-Eastern Turkish summer mood. It is very popular to paraglide from the top of the mountain located just near the lagoon.
GOCEK YACHT CHARTER
Gocek and the “Skopea Limani” are one of the most popular cruising areas in Turkey. Gocek used to be a small seaside village for fisherman and now it’s a luxury little town filled with a marina for superyachts, chambering cafes and artisan shops, chic villas and fashionable expats. Despite all the luxurious lifestyle that’s present here, Gocek managed to keep its authentic and quiet charm. Everyone will feel comfortable and welcome in this place.
Gocek is also a very popular port to start a yacht cruise in Turkey. Dalaman international airport is located just around the corner.
Skopea limani or the harbour located just outside of Gocek is dotted with twelve islands and is steeped in history. And it’s a must for a gulet cruise in Turkey. Just look at these photos, and you’ll understand what we mean.