Have a delightful sailing holiday in Turkey, discover ancient cities, islands and golden beaches by boat.
Begin your trip in the exciting city of Bodrum, the marina here has excellent facilities and the waterfront has some elegant restaurants and cafes. The Castle of St Peter overlooks the sea, and families may be interested in visiting the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Kara Ada Island is only six kilometers from Bodrum. There are no settlements on the island but there are coves and beaches to explore. There is a cave on the island that has thermal springs which are said to have healing powers, and the mud here is supposed to be beneficial for the skin. The Greek Island of Kos is only a few nautical miles south west of Bodrum should sailors decide on a detour to Greece. At Çökertme you can anchor in front of Captain Ibrahim's Taverna. Turkish cuisine is served in the restaurant and this is a sheltered stop over for the night. The Sehir Adalari is around 20 nautical miles distance from Çökertme. This is a group of three beautiful islands, the most frequently visited being Sedir Island or ‘Cleopatra Island’. The island is named after Cleopatra due to the legend that she and her lover Marc Antony spent time together here. According to folk lore, the sand on Cleopatra Beach was transported from the Sahara in order to make the beach more comfortable for the queen, and studies of the sand support this myth. It is a lovely swimming spot, and the ancient ruins of Cedrae also lie on the island. English Harbour (Degirmen Bükü) has some good anchorages, a couple of restaurants and a supermarket. There are many wonderful sandy beaches amongst the inlets of this bay. Sailing to Yedi Adalar or the Seven Islands, the scenery becomes even more spectacular. There are plenty of convenient anchorages all around the islands and Küfre Bay is a safe natural harbor. The Seven Islands are a perfect location for snorkeling and diving to coral reefs, or swimming in the clear waters. It is also nice to walk through the pine forests that cover the land and take in the wildlife.
The sailing season in Turkey runs from April until November, and marvelous sailing conditions can be expected during these months. The Gulf of Gökova has calm, protected waters and the wind blows from 3 to 4 beaufort. The stops on the route are manageable distances apart and the weather usually allows for good visibility. Temperatures during the summer stay between 27 and 33 °C, and the waters are warm. There are many sheltered anchorages should conditions change. Sailors should be wary of shallows around islands and study area maps carefully. During season the area can become very busy, so we advise you to book well in advance.
Sailing holidays with a boat that is right for you: Boat rental in Bodrum.