As peaceful and private as a boat holiday can get
Along the Turkish coastline, you can always find the ultimate peace and privacy a boat holiday can offer. You can also swim without any diving gears over ancient ruins and sovor a dream like atmosphere
Peace and quiet are among the default settings of a charter holiday because a boat trip can take you far from the crowd and give you new sights and sounds in solitude. But if you want more of this peaceful feeling and perhaps more privacy, you might consider spending more time in the breathtaking coves around Gökova and Hisarönü.
In Göcek and Kekova regions, sunken cities that date back to the Lycian times are waiting for those who want to experience nature and history in the most astonishing way. Ruins are so close to the surface, you don’t even have to dive; all you need is a snorkel. This might even be a great opportunity to introduce your kids to mythology and the ancient times.
Marinas for yacht charterers on the Turkish coastline
Turkish marinas and coastal towns are a delight for yacht charterers from all around the globe. Some of them quite modern and even luxurious, Turkish marinas welcome serve thousands of charterers every year.
Natural beauties and history aside, Turkish sailing scene is famous for its state of the art marinas and coastal towns where saiors can experience Turkish hospitality. Please check out the complete and detailed list of Turkish marinas and get nautical information, learn about facilities and read suggestions for what you can do after tying up. You can also see the driving distances from the nearest airports as well as sailing distances to the three nearest marinas.
Amazing restaurants on the Turkish coastline
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Where east meets west, the food is a wonderful mix of Mediterranean cooking and legendary Middle East delicacies. You can enjoy the best of two cultures at the restaurants along the coastline; some of which are hidden in quiet bays and accessible only from the sea.
Here’s a list of local restaurants where sailors can enjoy exquisite Turkish cuisine, raki, kebab and meze dishes!
The waters that bind continents
Located right between the east and the west, sailing in Turkey offers a unique combination of natural beauty, culture, history and night life. After a peaceful day of diving over ancient ruins, you can always choose to get a taste of night life in the evening.
Yacht charters in Turkey offer a variety of boats – skippered and bareboat - for sailors of all ages and tastes. You can choose from many sailing yachts, motor yachts, catamarans and of course exquisite Turkish gulets to customize your dream boat holiday.
Different people can expect different things from their charter adventure. Crystal clear waters, wonderful bays and historical sites are a standard to begin with, but some might want to spend their holiday, for example, in more private coves, savoring the peace and quiet, while others might find excitement in exploring historical sites both ashore and underwater. It’s all possible with little touches to your Turkey destinations. So if you have a special interest in any of these, make sure you consult with your charter operator to customize your destination.
In the southwest, there are four basic destinations to start or end your charter: Bodrum, Marmaris, Göcek and Fethiye. They are all vibrant modern towns with great local restaurants and a touch of night life. One way trips are also possible if you can find a boat with an available schedule. Depending on your choice, all these four destinations can offer variations of peace, rest, history, local interaction and fun.
Weather and Winds
Sunshine for 300+ days a year
Like most areas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey's weather conditions are quite suitable for sailing all year round. Covering the Aegean Coast, Meltemi winds allow for good and steady sailing with clear and visible skies except for only very short periods of time.
When it comes to temperatures, you just can’t beat the Mediterranean. The weather is warm and the sea water temperatures even in late fall are a match for northern summers. The sea water average temperatures range between highest 28° C in August and lowest 17°C in March.
The sailing season typically begins in March and ends in late November. The early season lasts from March until May; with high temperatures averaging 17-26°C and, lows 10-16°C. You can expect rare moderate precipitation. During the high season which begins in May and lasts through end of September, temperatures average 26-33°C highest and 16-23°C lowest. You don’t expect rain until the end of season.
When the late season begins, you can find a new definition of ‘nice and easy’. The wind and the sun are both gentle, the sea water is still warm. And yes, the boat prices are sweet. After months of high 30s or even 40s, October in the Mediterranean has an average of 23 degrees. If you’re from a northern country like Russia, Germany or Netherlands, this could be your July temperature. For October, the sea water temperature is around 20 degrees in the Aegean while the number can go up to 25 degrees in the Mediterranean.
Meltemi winds will be your company
Called Etesian in ancient Greek, Meltemis are strong dry north winds that accompany sailors all through the summer charter season. They start around mid-May and sometimes last until October. In the Aegean they blow northeasterly moving south into the North Aegean.
Meltemis bring low humidity, good visibility, clear blue skies and relief during the hot summer months. They also provide wonderful surfing conditions in particular areas.
Meltemis have a daily routine. They begin around 9:00 in the morning, get noticeably strong in the afternoon and die down early in the evening. Most charter captains prefer to cruise in the morning – if not at night- to avoid the winds and anchor in the afternoon.