It is rugged and dramatic, with steep mountain sides dropping into blue azure seas. It's riddled with exciting craggy gulfs, bays, inlets, islands and spectacular scenery, offering lovely anchorages and moorings to overnight and provide great shelter from the prevailing breezes. Eat in one of the many 'one restaurant bays' where you dine on fresh, authentic local food just metres from the lapping sea.
Straddling both Europe and Asia and having existed at the crossroads of civilisation for millenia, Turkey offers sailors a rich cultural experience. Explore the many archaeological sites only accessible by boat and be charmed by the warm, welcoming and often humourous people themselves ("buy from me, I'm cheaper than Primark!").
Throw in a long hot summer season with lovely sailing breezes, stunning clear waters and a few surprises along the way, such as thermal mud baths and loggerhead turtles - Turkey is truly a world class sailing destination.
We have four yacht charter bases in Turkey, covering two broad regions - the Carian Coast and the Turquoise Coast. The Carian Coast stretches down from Çanakkale on the Dardanelles (the ancient Hellespont), includes Bodrum and the finger of land off Marmaris known as the Bozburun Peninsula. This is served by Bodrum and Marmaris.
South of Marmaris is the 'Turquoise Coast', also known as the Lycian Coast. It includes our bases of Gocek and Fethiye which lie in the Gulf of Fethiye. While the Lycian Coast stretches all the way around south western Turkey to Antalya, the extent of 99% sailing holidays from Fethiye in this direction go as far as Kekova Roads.
Winds and Weather in Turkey (click here)
The Mediterranean Sea area on the south west corner of Turkey is a lot friendlier than the Greek Aegean Sea, giving lighter breezes and less livelier seas. Once you slip round the straits between Simi, Rhodes and the headland at Kara Burun, the gradient winds tend to come from a north westerly to a westerly. The further east you travel, the wind direction tends to be more westerly.
You will also find that the wind speeds will vary from calm to gentle breezes, Force 3 (light winds, 7-10 knots) but often building to be a Force 4 (moderate breeze, 11 to 16 knots). From Marmaris to Antalya you will find - when the gradient winds are shown as being 0 to 20 knots, then the local geography such as land, mountains, headlands, bays and seas bring their own wind directions and speeds. However if the gradient winds are stronger than 20 knots then you will find that the prevailing winds and Meltimi will come into play.
You will often experience many enjoyable days of sailing in lighter winds, lesser seas, and find local wind directions such as onshore breezes during the day and offshore breezes during the night.