Sailing in Turkey
With a rich history and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Mediterranean, a sailing holiday in Turkey is guaranteed to be a thrill. With a boat rental from Marmaris, Bodrum or Fethiye, you’ll be able to spend days exploring the coastline to find your own slice of Turkish delight.
When looking at sailboats in Turkey, bear in mind that one of the most popular forms of yacht charter around these parts are gulets. These Turkish gulets are typically two or three masted wooden yachts, perfect for boat rental for large groups, and they make a sailing holiday in Turkey a uniquely pleasant experience.
Whatever you’re planning on a Turkish gulet cruise, there will be a lot to see and do, both on the water and on land.
Bays, beaches and beautiful scenery
The Turkish coast is fringed with countless hidden treasures, from deserted beaches to historical wonders. Whichever port you choose to set sail with your Sailo yacht charter you’ll be spoiled for choice. Make sure to do your research about the best things to see and do when sailing in Turkey, and of course make time to relax!
In the water, there is abundant marine life and you’ll have to make sure to explore underwater with a snorkel at some point on your Turkey gulet holiday.
A cultural crossroads
One of the wonderful things about exploring Turkey with a boat rental is that you’ll stumble upon sleepy villages one day, and then into teeming tourist towns the next. Both offer their own fantastic experiences, with teeming markets and bazaars to explore in the cities, and local food and a warm welcome in the smaller towns.
Choose from classic sailboats and catamarans, or find a fantastic Turkish gulet charter for the full experience. On Sailo, you’ll find options from bareboats to a fully captained yacht charter to explore the Turkish coastline at your leisure.
The West Lycian coastline around Marmaris was once known as the Pirate Coast, due to the frequency of raids in times of antiquity. Today, there’s no chance of being raided by pirates, but on a sailing holiday here you’ll be able to see why the area was a popular haunt for them.
With countless coves and islands, there is plenty of space to hideaway and get away from the tourist crowds on board your Sailo boat rental. The area is particularly rugged, with small beaches dotted here and there amongst the landscape.
The cities of Fethiye and Gocek are set in a small bay on the East Lycian coast and both are very popular locations for Turkish sailing holidays. Again, the landscape here is quite rugged, but there are many popular bays and beaches just waiting for you to moor up and explore. Along the coast you’ll also spot countless sarcophagi, the tombs of the ancient Lycian nobles and warriors.
Sailing from Fethiye makes a good location to head to Olu Deniz and Butterfly bay, and if you’re looking for a weeks sailing in Turkey, you’ll find this a great starting point.
Sailing from Marmaris will take you around the Carian Coast, one of the most popular sailing locations in Turkey. A weeks sailing holiday here will offer plenty of choice of stunning bays and towns to visit, with the scent of pine trees on the breeze.
Make sure to check out Ciftlik Bay, Bozukkale, famous for its castle and Bozburun with its rich maritime history and splendid sailboats in her harbor.
Wherever you find yourself, you’ll never be far from some incredible fresh food and there will always be a fantastic view!
Along with Marmaris. Bodrum is the most popular destination for sailing in Turkey, with lots of choice of Sailo yacht charters. If you’re trying to decide between the two, then it’s a tough call. Here, you’ll be able to explore the stunning bay and beaches at Akbuk, sail the Datca peninsula and her unspoilt beaches and mountains and enjoy the excellent sailing conditions in this part of Turkey.
From Bodrum, you can also explore nearby Greek Islands such as Kos and Kalimnos for a multicultural sailing experience with your yacht charter.
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