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Sailing Marmaris... Serene coastal sailing

Off the beaten track

Marmaris is a lively tourist city that delivers striking contrast to the remarkably undeveloped Carian Coast to which it provides access. Expect small villages and idyllic bays.

Serene coastal sailing

Sail the length of the Bozburun Peninsula, pass between the mainland and the Greek island of Symi, emerging into the wonderfully idyllic Yesilova and Hisronu Bays.

Stunning local cuisine

Aside from Marmaris' standard tourist fare, expect to experience the delights of local authentic restaurants located in isolated bays or small villages in this delightful area.

Balanced wind conditions

You can enjoy some excellent sailing breezes when sailing from Marmaris, particularly when you head around the headland near Symi. Expect a long hot, dry summer season.

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What we love about sailing Marmaris

From Marmaris you sail the length of the Bozburun Peninsula, pass between the mainland and the Greek island of Symi, emerging into the wonderful Yesilova and Hisaronu Bays.

While Marmaris is a busy tourist city, these gulfs enjoy a far more serene and peaceful disposition, primarily due to the long distance from an airport. There are numerous anchorages and small villages, complimented by a couple of slightly larger settlements at Datca and Selimiye. Visit serene swimming spots, authentic quayside restaurants, lovely sailing breezes, and as always, numerous heritage sites to 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.

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What we love about sailing Marmaris

SAILING ITINERARIES

Marmaris Suggested Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Marmaris Route

Day 1 - Marmaris

Marmaris is a holiday destination in its own right with plenty of bars, restaurants, shopping and even some waterparks. There is a large bazaar area near the sea front which is worth exploring if you have the time. Alternatively you can arrange a jeep safari or a dolphin show if you arrived in Marmaris early or the day before.

Day 2 - Serce Limani

Serce Liman is a well sheltered bay which is difficult to spot due to the high cliffs surrounding it. A small restaurant within the bay will collect you from you yacht if you’d like to eat there. Given the bay has long been used for shelter there are plenty of wrecks dotted around which are worth hunting down.

Day 3 - Sogut

Sogut is one of the most un‐spoilt villages you will find along the coast of Turkey and is a place where some of the old cultures are still practiced today. There is also a uniqueness of an aroma in the air from its locally grown foods. Sea food caught locally is brought to the restaurants and hotels along the bay shoreline.

Day 4 – Selimiye

Once you slip into Selimiye you’ll find an old Turkish village at the head of the bay. There is a choice of restaurants each offering pontoons to stay at. Most of the pontoons have electricity although you will need to pay for it. The village itself was once well populated and the locals grew olives, oranges, lemons and figs.

Day 5 – Dirsek Bay

Dirsek Buku has a very good restaurant located at the head of the bay which is surrounded by palm trees and a beach. You’ll find showers and toilets as well as some fantastic local food.

Day 6 – Loryma

Loryma is the site of an ancient city which was deserted in the 7th century AD. Houses used to stretch up the slopes and an acropolis was built high up the mountain. If you feel energetic it’s still possible to see the remains of stone blocks and pillar bases where the city once stood.

Day 7 – Marmaris

If you didn’t get a change to visit Marmaris on your first evening we would recommend having a look around. We’ve also heard of a fantastic Indian restaurant in case you’ve had your fill of mezes and grilled meats during the week. You’ll also find plenty of bars and the bazaar is worth visiting.

2 Week - Whole Marmaris, Gocek & Fethiye Route

Day 1 – Marmaris

Marmaris is a holiday destination in its own right with plenty of bars, restaurants, shopping and even some waterparks. There is a large bazaar area near the sea front which is worth exploring if you have the time. Alternatively you can arrange a jeep safari or a dolphin show if you arrived in Marmaris early or the day before.

Day 2 – Serce Limani

Serce Liman is a well sheltered bay which is difficult to spot due to the high cliffs surrounding it. A small restaurant within the bay will collect you from you yacht if you’d like to eat there. Given the bay has long been used for shelter there are plenty of wrecks dotted around which are worth hunting down.

Day 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Cold Water Bay

Sometimes referred to as fresh water bay, cold water bay is just west of Olu 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 8 – Kalkan

For many years Kalkan was inaccessible by road and the only way to visit the village was by sea. The town has developed significantly since the 1980s with the arrival of some retired British people. The base is a great place to explore the ancient cities of Patara, Xanthos, Tlos and Letoon.

Day 9 – Kekova

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 10 – 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 13 – Ciftlik

Ciftlik is a large bay with four restaurants, all with pontoons, who will be vying for your business. There will most likely be a person with a flag on each pontoon waving you over. There isn’t a bag restaurant so no need to worry about making the wrong decision. You can also find a wide range of water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, ringos and banana boat rides.

Day 14 - Marmaris

If you didn’t get a change to visit Marmaris on your first evening we would recommend having a look around. We’ve also heard of a fantastic Indian restaurant in case you’ve had your fill of mezes and grilled meats during the week. You’ll also find plenty of bars and the bazaar is worth visiting.

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 and Weather Conditions

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.

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How to Get Here

The primary entry point is Dalaman Airport, which is approximately 75 minutes from Marmaris. Dalaman is the major tourist airport for much of the south-west of Turkey, so flights are available from cities all round the UK and Europe. There are plenty of transfer options available or you can take a taxi from the airport on arrival.

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Our Bases

There are two marinas in Marmaris, with Netsel Marina on the city edge being the largest and most widely used. It’s a good marina if you wish to have easy access into Marmaris city. Adakoy Marina is slightly out of Marmaris and so enjoys a quieter aspect, however it’s not a scenic destination from which to start your holiday.

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Mooring Fees

You shouldn’t expect to pay mooring fees in this area, unless you decide to overnight in one of the more commercial harbours, which isn’t recommended anyway. Expect plenty of anchorages, restaurant quays and small village docks to moor for the night.

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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 Marmaris 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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