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Fethiye and Gocek... An idyllic, pine-clad paradise

Idyllic, Serene Sailing

The Gulf of Fethiye, which includes Gocek, is a wonderful marine paradise of uninhabited islands, tranquil harbours, pine-clad bays, and authentic isolated restaurants.

A family favourite

This is perfect family sailing holiday destination. Short-hop sailing, flat seas, great weather, and plenty of onshore interest make this an interesting and exciting area to take your family.

A rich cultural experience

Discover a genuine cultural experience. Visit an authentic Turkish bath, snorkel submerged villages, view ancient crypts, swim in Cleopatra's bath, and barter for goods in local markets.

Easy sailing conditions

Within the Gulf of Fethiye the sailing conditions are very easy. A haven from the strong winds of the Aegean sea, you can go looking for better sailing breezes outside the immediate area.

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What we love about Fethiye and Gocek that you will too

Noted for its underdevelopment, fine beaches and beautiful scenery, there’s an abundance of islands, isolated bays and inlets with anchorages for you to ‘throw the anchor’ put your feet up, or hop ashore to visit a remote local taverna. Other than the three tourist centres of Gocek, Fethiye and Oludeniz, the Turqouise Coast remains largely undeveloped. The area holds a few wonderful surprises as well – how does bathing in thermal mud baths, feeding loggerhead turtles, paragliding, visiting ‘Pancake Island’ for fresh pancakes or snorkelling over submerged ancient civilisations take your fancy?

The Lycian Coast stretches from Marmaris to Antalya, but it is the area encompassing the Gulf of Fethiye that is most popular for sailing holidays. Remarkably undeveloped, you’ll experience a wide variety of shorelines, from dramatic cliff edges, wooded hillsides and river mouth estuaries to pebble shored beaches.

 

Within the Gulf of Fethiye itself is another bay, known as Skopea Limani, which is encircled by a conglomeration of craggy edged bays, inlets and islands that offer lots of nooks and crannies in which to meander. Around the bays you can enjoy a number of short or long shore and mountainside walks through heavily wooded pathways and ruined cities.

For those wanting more miles, or on a two week sailing holiday, you can spread your wings by heading further south east to the beautiful Kalkan, Kas and Kekova Roads region.

 

Many of the most attractive bays and islands are still inaccessible to vehicular traffic, which ensures a truly unique sailing holiday experience. You won’t go hungry though, a number of Turkish restaurants can be found tucked away in many of the scenic bays and inlets offering typical Turkish cuisine served as it would have been centuries ago, with most or all of their supplies being cultivated, fished, farmed themselves or brought in by boat.

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What we love about Fethiye and Gocek that you will too

SAILING ITINERARIES

Gocek & Fethiye Suggested Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Whole Gocek & Fethiye Route

Day 1 - Gocek

Göcek hosts six marinas and has now become one of the modern centres for the yachting community. With Dalaman airport only being 30 minutes away, making it an enviable location to start a sailing holiday. Göcek was declared a Registered Area of Special Protection. Therefore multi-storied buildings are prohibited so most buildings are no more than two stories keeping it a beautiful location to live in and visit.

Day 2 – Tersan Adasi

This island is one of the biggest in Skopea Limanı lying opposite Domuz Adası. The island possess a very well protected bay located in the north west corner. There is one restaurant which is set amongst a multitude of, mainly, Byzantine ruins with a number of palm trees to give it a Middle Eastern look.

Day 3 – Kap Creek

This snug bay has been occupied for hundreds of centuries by various people as a small community. On the west side of the creek are the ruins of two old dwellings with vaulated roofs, they look like small chapels. Also within the shallow part of the bay one can find footing remains of buildings now underwater.

Day 4 – Fethiye

Fethiye is the Turquoise Coast’s most central resort and along with the nearby lagoon of Ölü Deniz, it is well placed for visiting some of the best area’s including numerous and spectacular sited Lycian ruins. Fethiye occupies the site of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos, and some impressive rock tombs which are well worth exploring.

Day 5 – Karacaoren Buku

Karacaören is a bay located 2.25 NM east of Dökükbaşı Burun. There is a small island to the east (Karacaören Adası), which has numerous ancient ruins strewn over it, helping to protect the east to north east facing bay. Once you are moored up you can enjoy swimming or snorkelling in crystal clear blue waters and watch an abundance of fish around the bay.

Day 6 – Butterfly Bay

Access to the valley can only be by boat and there are small beach huts, a bar and you can walk up to the water fall. There are many butterflies to be seen throughout the valley. Often you will see para-gliders who have jumped off Baba Dağ (mountain) fly in and land on the beach.

Day 7 – Gocek

If you haven’t already done so we would strongly recommend having a look around Gocek town centre. There are some good quality shops offering a variety of local produce as well as plenty of restaurants and bars.

2 Week - Whole Marmaris, Gocek & Fethiye Route

Day 1 - Fethiye

Fethiye is the Turquoise Coast’s most central resort and along with the nearby lagoon of Ölü Deniz, it is well placed for visiting some of the best area’s including numerous and spectacular sited Lycian ruins. Fethiye occupies the site of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos, and some impressive rock tombs which are well worth exploring.

Day 2 – Cold Water Bay

Sometimes referred to as fresh water bay, cold water bay is just west of Lou Deniz. There are fresh water cold springs to the west of the bay. During the peak season months you’ll have your most refreshing dip here!

Day 3 – Butterfly Bay

Access to the valley can only be by boat and there are small beach huts, a bar and you can walk up to the water fall. There are many butterflies to be seen throughout the valley. Often you will see para-gliders who have jumped off Baba Dağ (mountain) fly in and land on the beach.

Day 4 – Kekova Roads

The Kekova region is an area between ancient Aperlae on its western edge and ancient Andriake 10 NM to the east. Some of the most beautifully situated ruins on the south Turquoise coast are in this area, and it is named after the elongated island that creates a protected gulf between the mainland and the island.

Day 5 – Kas

Kaş is built on a mountainside running down to the sea. The district has a Mediterranean type climate of hot, dry summers and warm wet winters, which allows the growth of oranges, lemons and bananas. The lowland areas are planted with cut flowers and a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown all year round. The hillsides also produce honey, as does much of Turkey, and almonds.

Day 6 – Wall Bay

Wall Bay is the furthest bay to the south west of Skopea Limani and probably one of the prettiest with a great anchorage. The west end of the bay is on the Isthmus to the Mediterranean and you can see a really large ancient wall that starts next to the water’s edge and traverses across the Isthmus. This wall was a defence wall to protect ancient Lydae on the peninsula from being attacked from the mainland.

Day 7 – Ekincik

Ekincik Bay is the largest and safest along the western Lycian coastline, as much of the coast faces full onto the prevailing winds and Meltimi. There are three large bays you can anchor in. The two furthest from the head of the bay, you will need to take a line ashore. However at the head of the bay there is large anchorage which has a sandy bottom and makes for good holding.

Day 8 – Marmaris

Marmaris is a modern but popular tourist destination for many nations and therefore offers much in the way of souvenir hunting in the great bazaar area near the sea front and port. There is also a considerable night life to be experienced along the beach area and in "Bar Street".

Day 9 – Ruin Bay

Ruin Bay is set in the south west corner of Manastir Köyü within Skopea Limani. At the head of the bay is a set of ruins with most of its footings submerged under water. In ancient times a warm water spring was said to have been found in the bay with the waters rich in mineral deposits, such as calcium and magnesium, which was reported to be good for the skin.

Day 10 – Tomb Bay

Tomb Bay is the site of ancient Cyra, a Carian and Lycian city state. The Carian's are thought to have been natives of Asia Minor while the Lycian's were driven from Crete by Minos of Knossos. The ruins date from the 5th century BC. There are many tombs, the remains of a Roman-Byzantine bath once fed by a nearby spring, and a Cryan acropolis.

Day 11 – Gocek

Göcek hosts six marinas and has now become one of the modern centres for the yachting community. Göcek was declared a Registered Area of Special Protection. Therefore multi-storied buildings are prohibited so most buildings are no more than two stories keeping it a beautiful location to live in and visit.

Day 12 – Tersan Adasi

This island is one of the biggest in Skopea Limanı lying opposite Domuz Adası. The island possess a very well protected bay located in the north west corner. There is one restaurant which is set amongst a multitude of, mainly, Byzantine ruins with a number of palm trees to give it a Middle Eastern look.

Day 13 – Kappi Creek

This snug bay has been occupied for hundreds of centuries by various people as a small community. On the west side of the creek are the ruins of two old dwellings with vaulated roofs, they look like small chapels. Also within the shallow part of the bay one can find footing remains of buildings now underwater

Day 14 – Fethiye

If you didn’t have time to visit Fethiye on your first evening we strongly recommend you do so before you leave. The town is a charming mix of local shops, restaurants and bars. There are plenty of people selling ‘genuine fakes’ which are actually surprisingly good. Alternatively have a walk up to the rock tombs outside of the town.

Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Helpful Hints

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Wind Conditions

The summer season is long hot and dry. During May and October expect temperatures already into the mid-20s, while during August temperatures average in the mid-30s. Winds are generally light in the morning, building through the day into a nice breeze normally between 8 to 12 knots with gusts up to 18 knots. You will not suffer any real swell from these winds.

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How to Get Here

Both Gocek and Fethiye are both accessed via Dalaman Airport, approximately 25 to 45 minutes from Gocek and Fethiye respectively. Dalaman is serviced by nuerous airlines flying from a large number of airports around the UK and Europe, so it is very well served.

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Our Bases

In terms of your sailing itinerary there is very little between Gocek and Fethiye. Often the choice between Gocek and Fethiye comes down to the best yacht available. Fethiye is more lively than Gocek, with a more touristy outlook. It has fantastic markets and all the conveniences that you would expect. Shop for supplies, visit tombs cut into cliffs above the town, explore the narrow streets or have a Turkish bath – there’s plenty to do in Fethiye. Gocek retains more of a village feel and is the closest base to Dalaman airport. Although modern, the town still retains much of the Turkish culture in the quality shops found along its high street. It has many excellent supermarkets and they will also deliver to your yacht. It sports a number of good chandleries, souvenir shops, several banks and an abundance of restaurants spread along the water front.

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Mooring Fees

There are no moorings fees in and around Fethiye and Gocak, unless you decide to visit the other ‘main centre (i.e. Fethiye or Gocek).

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Sailing Qualifications

To charter bareboat in Turkey you are required to have a valid sailing qualification issued by a recognised authority (e.g. RYA, ASA, IYT, USSA). This qualification should not have any restriction on daylight hours or distance sailing from shore. If you have an RYA Day Skipper certificate or similar, for example, we recommend you should also obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is accepted. RYA Yacht Master is, of course, accepted.

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Money and Currency

The currency in Turkey is the Lira. In the large towns such as Gocek and Fethiye there is a plentiful supply of cash machines and bureau de change. Cards are accepted in supermarkets and some restaurants here. However, once you leave these and travel to the smaller villages and remote restaurants you will be dependent on cash as few places take card payments. Make sure you have sufficient cash reserves for your travel plans after leaving the bigger towns.

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Language

The national language of Turkey is Turkish! However, English is widely spoken and understood throughout, especially within the service industry, including taverna staff and taxi drivers. All Seamaster partners and crew speak English proficiently.

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