Turkey is a land with more than 800,000 square kilometer and over 75 million inhabitants, and has many diverse and interesting holiday destinations. Turkey is one of just two countries in the world that spans two continents – Europe and Asia. The country has, over the centuries, played a key role as a cultural bridge between the two continents, and has a history stretching back to the Paleolithic era. Considering its ancient history, the country is the home to many architectural attractions. Turkey also has many coastal areas on the Mediterranean, Marmara and Black Seas from which to choose, all of which are beautiful, sun kissed areas. The so-called Turkish Riviera on the Aegean Sea between the city Antalya and Cape Anamur and around the cities and towns Alanya Kemer, Belek, Side, Kale, Kalkan and Bodrum is a very popular destination region among both beach bums and water sport enthusiasts. In those places, as well as in the waterfront districts in the Muğla like Dalaman, Datça, Fethiye, Koyceğiz, Marmaris, Milas, Muğla, Ortaca, and Ula, skippers, surfers, fishers and divers will find innumerable dreamlike bays, beaches and anchorages for their vacation. There are also many marinas and sport boat ports in the surrounding region. The port cities Kuşadası, Söke, and the fast-growing vacation town Didim in the neighboring province to the north, Aydın, enjoy excellent reputations. Aydın is also home to the ruins of the ancient Temple of Apollo, which is worth a visit.
The coastal towns in the Izmir provinces also features many beautiful cities and towns worth a visit. Some of those places are Dikili, Aliağa, Foça, Menderes, Menemen, Çiğli, Karaburun, Çeşme, Seferihisar, and Selçuk. The same can be said of the port cities in the province Çanakkale, on the Dardanelles. On the Gallipoli Peninsula with the Thracian Sea on both sides, where countless battles have been waged, you can enjoy the relaxed coastal resorts like Biga, Lapseki, Ayvacık by Cape Baba, Ezine, Gelibolu, and Eceabat. You can also easily get to the islands Gökçeada and Bozcaada, just a few kilometers away from the mainland. Another great place to vacation is in the province Balıkesir. Situated solidly in the Aegean region, it is a wonderful place for vacationers with an urge to go to the sea to visit. The southwestern districts Ayvalık, Burhaniye, Gomeç, and Edremit are right on the coast of the Aegean, and in the north, the districts Gönen, Bandırma, and Erdek are perfectly situated on the 130 square kilometer large Sea of Marmara, which is named after an island of the same name, which in turn comes from the world-famous marble that the region is home to. Other islands in this inland sea are the popular vacation island Avşa, the group of islands that is just partially inhabited called the Prince Islands, near Istanbul: Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kınalıada, Sedef Adası, Yassıada, Sivriada, Tavşan Adası, and Kaşıkadası, and İmralı, which is an inaccessible prison island. The other provinces around the Sea of Marmara offer numerous places to fish and to dock both sailing and motorboats. For example, Tekirdağ (Çorlu, Marmara Ereğlisi, Şarköy), Bursa (Karacabey, Mudanya, Yıldırım, Gemlik), Edirne (Enez, Keşan), Kırklareli (Demirköy, Vize), Yalova and Kocaeli, the cities and towns Kaynarca, Karasu and Kocaali in the Sakarya province border the 1300 kilometer-long coastline Turkey has on the Black Sea.
The provinces Trabzon, Zonguldak, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sinop, Giresun, Kastamonu, Düzce, Artvin and Bartın, also known for its river of the same name that has unforgettable boat rides, all have direct access to the Black Sea. Other well known and popular bathing and vacation resorts include Şile with its two beautiful Bays of Akçakese and İmrenli, Akçakoca with its long sandy beaches, Amasra with its Byzantine castle ruins, the fishing village Cakraz, the village Uzungöl, Cide on the picturesque Gideros Bay, Zonguldak and its authentic ports, plus the two seaside resorts Kopuz and Uzunkum. In addition to the just-mentioned locations, the briefly mentioned towns of the Turkish Riviera in Antalya and Muğla on the Mediterranean can be added to: Manavgat, Gazipaşa, Kumluca, Mavikent, Karaöz, Konyaaltı, and Finike are other vacation places worth visiting, and some are also paired with marinas and ports. The towns Anamur, Bozyazı, Aydıncık, Gülnar, Silifke, Erdemli and Tarsus sit directly on the water in the province Mersin, and in the Adana province, Karataş and Yumurtalık do, too. In the eastern Turkish province Hatay, on the border with Syria, the towns Dörtyol, İskenderun, Samandağ, Yayladağı and Antakya can also claim direct access. One of the most beautiful dive sites in Turkey is off the coast of Kas, a town of 8000 people between Antalya and Dalaman on the Taurus mountains. There are 25 different places to dive there, including f the “canyon”, the Neptune and Oasis reefs, the two islands called Two Brothers, and the Flying Fish reef, all of which ensure amusement and variety under the water. The Datça peninsula between the Gulf of Gokova and the Gulf of Hisarönü also has many spectacular dive sites, and is particularly suitable because only weak currents move through Fethiye and the Bay of Dalyan. The Rocks of Kadirga is the dive spot near Marmaris, and many remarkable shipwrecks of bygone eras lies on the seabed around the Gallipoli peninsula between Cannakkale and the Bay of Sulva.
The long Turkish coasts are naturally also home to a large number of places ideal or suitable for surfing. Even the huge metropolis Istanbul has great places to surf nearby, including Aglayan Kaya, Kumcagiz, Merkez, Sile, Erba, Igne Ada, Sarisu and Woodyville. There is also a large selection of places to surf on the Mediterranean, such as Anamur, Antalya, Ephesus Selçuk, Karaburun, Teos, Alacati, Pamucak-Zetinköy, Karats, Kilyos, Kuşadası, Patarra and Özdere, all of which will put a smile on a surfer’s face. Whenever you find yourself at the table of a restaurant, you will notice that many species of fish feel quite at home in the waters around Turkey. Sprat, mackerels, sardines, whiting, tuna, red mullet, turbot, shrimp, snails, sea bream, sole, and cuttle fish, among other types are available in the three seas to which Turkey has direct access. And considering the close proximity of the fishing grounds, the fish will be incredibly fresh and delicious. Some promising places to fish are on the Lycia coasts near Marmaris, the regions around Antalya, Adrasan, Corum, Mecitözü, and Cesme, the Manavgat River, Gala Lake near the Greek border, Sapanca Lake between Istanbul and Ankara, Abant lake near Bolu, Beyşehir Lake in Central Anatolia, and Eğirdir Lake in the province Isparta.
Over 800 boats from many well known international manufacturers can be found in Turkey on YACHTICO.com, a global platform for yacht charter and boat hire. With boats sailboats built between 2000 and 2013, like a Sun Odyssey 36i sailboat in Port Göcek can be book for 790 euro for a week, whereas the very spacious motor yacht Istanbul Tuzla, also in Göcek, is available for 50,000 euro per week or choose a nice sailing catamaran in that area. Find a route suggestion for Marmaris at the Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.