The seductive islands and bays around Skopea Limani have for centuries captured sailors hearts. For those looking for the ultimate sailing holiday in Turkey, the waters around Fethiye are hard to beat and offer yachtsmen not only some of the most glorious cruising and scenery in the Med, but also an unforgettable helping of history, culture and charm.
5 Reasons to take a sailing holiday in Fethiye:
1. Beautiful bays, islands and inlets to explore.
The coast around Fethiye is full of coves, bays and beaches many of which are only accessible by boat. Although daily boat trips offer tourists the chance to glimpse the well-trodden highlights, only by chartering a yacht or by indulging in a few days sailing, can you really appreciate the unspoilt gems on offer – the sunken ruins, remote restaurants and star-lit night skies. A sailing holiday is one of life’s pleasures. Chartering your own yacht means you can avoid the crowds, set the pace and explore the Turkish Riviera on your own terms – finding places only a privileged few will ever get to see.
2. The Harbour Towns of Fethiye and Gocek
The Mediterranean harbour towns of Gocek and Fethiye are highlights of the Turkish coast and regular haunts for sailors.
Fethiye is an alluring mix of the old and new. It’s a harbour town with a traditional feel where fishermen present their catch at the harbourside each morning, old men in beanie-caps drink cay and play backgammon, and local ladies visit the open markets to haggle over fresh produce for their family tables. The narrow streets of Old Town “Paspatur” offer a cool shaded beer and some excellent designer shopping, and the modern streets and harbour front promenade are home to some fine international eateries, coffee shops and brand name stores. The floodlit Lycian Rock Tombs sat high on the cliff side on approach, the crumbling ruins of a Roman fort and the central amphitheatre are all signs of the towns past – no high-rise hotels to be seen, Fethiye is simply a traditional town with phenomenal history and a modern twist, a town that draws travellers back again and again.
Gocek is sophisticated town in the Fethiye district and one well known on the sailing circuit. A playground for celebrities on their mega yachts, it’s a sheltered bay jewelled with islands with an impressive array of first class yachting facilities and marinas. Walk the harbour side to find a selection of international restaurants, designer boutiques, bars and bistros. Enjoy the luxury on offer at a first class hotel or spa. Admire the multi-million-dollar motor yachts as you stock up on provisions at the local store. Gocek is a charming town blessed with captivating waters. It’s a town all sailors in Turkey should visit – a place to be seen, to indulge, to socialise and enjoy.
3. Modern Marinas
The Skopea Limani (Gulf of Gocek/ Fethiye) boasts some of Turkey’s best marinas. From Sail Med’s base at Ece Saray Marina in Fethiye, to the likes of D-Marin in Gocek, there are well equipped and modern marinas possessing all the latest technology and facilities. And, for those content with docking in bays, there are many restaurants with moorings or a jetty en-route making the ideal location for an overnight stay or for the evenings when you fancy a change of scenery or a traditional meal out away from the crowds.
4. Fabulous Food
Turkish cuisine ranks right up there with some of the best and tastiest in the world. Far more than kebabs, the light and tasty meze’s are ideal for a light lunch or appetiser. The fresh seafood and grilled meats make for a fine evening feast, and the organic salads are all ideal for the Captains table. Sample an array of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes cooked by our Chef on our skippered catamaran cruises, or stop-off and try the offerings at a remote restaurant – whatever you choose you are sure to return home with a yen for at least one of the local dishes!
5. Yacht or not, a sailing holiday in Turkey offers you the chance to relax, discover and enjoy Turkey at its best.
Yes, you can explore the coast even if you’re not a sailor and don’t have a yacht! Some assume you must own or know how to sail a boat to really see the coastline – that’s not the case. Sure, if you have experience you can charter a yacht on a bareboat basis, but if you simply love to sail and are happy to let a skipper take the helm, that can easily be arranged. Sail Med offer a variety of sailing holidays in Turkey and our crewed catamaran and skippered yacht charters are ideal for those with no sailing experience or that simply want to hand over the ropes and relax.
So, have we convinced you to book a sailing holiday in Fethiye? Contact us or read more stories on the blog to find out more.
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