Alternatively, if you want to do something different, sail to Dalyan on the Turquoise Coast to view ancient tombs cut into the cliffs, feed loggerhead turtles and bathe in thermal mud baths. From its position straddling both the Carian and Turquoise Coasts, the choice is yours. Of course if you're lucky enough to be on a two week sailing holiday, do both!
The Sailing Area
The typical sailing holiday from Marmaris is to sail the length of the Bozburun Peninsula, pass between the mainland and the Greek island of Symi and then emerge into the wonderful Yesilova and Hisronu Bays. While Marmaris, as mentioned, is a busy tourist city, these gulfs enjoy a far more serene and peaceful disposition, primarily due to the long distance to any airport.
Within these gulfs are numerous anchorages and small villages, complimented by a couple of slightly larger settlements at Datca and Selimiye. The 'name of the game' here is serene swimming spots, authentic quayside restaurants, lovely sailing breezes, and as always, numerous heritage sites to walk and discover.
View our suggested itineraries for specifics, but be sure to visit Serce Limani, Bozuk Buku, Sailor's Paradise, Selimiye, Datca and some of the lovely anchorages (many without names) along the Datca Peninsula as well. As a special treat, the Greek island of Symi is divine and well worth a visit. As it is a Greek Island however, there is some red tape that must be navigated. Our recommendation is to visit Panormitis on the south west coast and catch a shuttle over the Symi town. You'll need to get a taxi back.
Wind and Weather (click here)
The summer season is long hot and dry. During May and Ocotober expect temperatures already into the mid-20s, while during August temperatures average in the mid-30s. As temperatures can peak at around 40 degrees(!), we often advise that Turkey isn't the place to take children in the peak season.
The prevailing winds on the Southern Carian Coast are from the northwest through to the west in the main. However, the Turkish coastline will affect the wind strengths and directions considerably. During the mornings, expect the winds to be lighter and off the land, but as the day progresses expect the winds to become sea breezes slowly building strength from midday to early evening.
However, the prevailing winds from midday onwards in the Rhodes strait, will be from the west to south west and can produce a reasonable swell from .5m to 1.12m, with a Meltimi wind expect up to 2 metres. For the Hisarönü Körfezi (bay) the midday to early evening breezes will generally blow from the southwest directly up the bay from Datça, again these can produce some swell from .5m to 1m and somtimes a little higher. The sea area between the island of Simi and the Yeşilova Körfezi can be light and variable in direction for much of the time.
How to get here (click here)
Marmaris is accessed via Dalaman Airport. Dalaman is serviced by airlines from at least 10 airports around the UK, so it is very well served. Please be aware that Dalaman is one of the most ridiculously expensive airports in the world to buy anything, so it's best to come prepared.- we like to pack a sandwhich!
Marmaris is a 90 minute transfer from Dalaman Airport. Seamaster Yachting can arrange a transfer for you, no problem.