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Bodrum is located within the southwest Aegean Region of Turkey, in the heart of the Mediterranean. Our Bodrum Sailing Itinerary is the ideal sailing holiday for everyone with beautiful towns with plenty of places to explore, crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling, and small inlets and caves to discover along with beautiful tree and mountain lined coastlines. This itinerary has something for everyone.Each stop and town has both traditional Turkish delicacies, with much of the produce being grown locally, along with fresh fish and traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

One of our Turkish sailing itineraries in Lycian is centred around Gocek Bay and Fethiye Bay. This compact sailing area is ideal for newly qualified skippers or less experienced crews.

Gocek Bay is just 8 miles from top to bottom and is lined with coves and inlets, each with their own restaurant, along with the west and south sides. It’s only 12 miles from here to the east side of Fethiye Bay with a couple of smaller bays just a few miles further east towards Olu Deniz.

Nestled along the beautiful Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coastline, Antalya is a large, vibrant city welcoming tourists with numerous resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants. Spectacular scenery frames the city with gorgeous beaches and lush green mountains dotted with ancient ruins. From swimming and sailing to mountain climbing, sightseeing and family fun, Antalya offers something for everyone. A walk around Kaleiçi, the Old Quarter, offers a step back into the city’s ancient past with views of the old city walls, Roman gates, maze-like streets and historic structures that include the Clock Tower.

One of Turkey’s most popular seaside resorts, Marmaris is a picture-perfect setting of pine-clad mountains, sandy white beaches, turquoise waters and historic architecture. Located along the Turkish Riviera in southwest Turkey, this stunning cruise port is a tourist paradise with exceptional sightseeing opportunities, water sports, adventure, fantastic dining and buzzing nightlife. Various boating tours take visitors exploring around the picturesque bays and neighboring villages. If that is not enough, there are a number of day trips from Marmaris to outstanding destinations like Dalyan, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cleopatra Island

Set on a beautiful natural harbor, Fethiye is stunning, thanks to the pristine turquoise waters and the forest-covered hills that border it. A popular destination, its fine beaches are perfect for lounging on, and you can easily take a Turkish yacht cruise around the bay or head to one of the nearby pretty islands. While the city was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1958, it has impressively sprung back to life and many of its ancient sites still remain intact. The stunning Amintas Rock Tombs are definitely worth checking out, as is Kadyanda Ancient City and the ghost town of Kayakoy – both nearby.

Lying only eight kilometers from the Geek island of Chios, this seaside resort town has a wonderful waterside promenade, a stunning Genoese castle and a lot more for visitors to enjoy. While the castle is undoubtedly the main attraction, the modern marina is bustling with life, as are the many shops and restaurants in the wonderfully preserved old town. With lots of nice beaches on offer, Cesme is also a great place from which to explore the surrounding area.

A lively and fun city to visit, Kusadasi is a popular holiday destination thanks to the plethora of package-tour companies that operate here. Lying on the coast, there are a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs for visitors to enjoy, with the party scene being particularly memorable. Away from the lovely beaches and stunning views of the sea, Kusadasi’s proximity to some wonderful historical and natural sights makes it well worth stopping by. The archaeological site at Ephesus is mesmerizing to visit, while the Dilek Peninsula National Park is great if you are looking to immerse yourself in nature.

Lying on the shores of the delightful Bay of Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey is home to a huge port and is a youthful place, teeming with life and energy. With a lovely waterfront promenade that is full of great restaurants, bars, and cafes, it is a fun city to visit; its multicultural heritage means that there is lots of delicious food to sample. The fantastic bazaar is amazing to wander around and there are lots of old churches and mosques for you to visit, as well as a brilliant history and art museum. Lying on the Aegean Sea, Izmir has some great beaches on offer and its welcoming population will make you feel at home in no time at all.

To get to this pretty little beach in Lycia you are going to have to be prepared to do some hiking – and when we say hiking, we mean hiking. The descent from the top of the rocky cliffs might seem a little daunting, but the views from up high of Kabak beach far below will take your breath away. Captivating vistas over the top of shady pines, across the sandy enclave and out towards the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea – you won’t be able to stop taking pictures, it’s that beautiful!

Sandwiched between steep forested cliffs are the clear and calm waters of Kaputas beach. The perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling, Kaputas is a great beach for families with children.

Down in the rolling foothills of the magical, medieval Alanya castle is the charming Cleopatra Beach. This alluring beach boasts soft sands that are said to have been brought there by Cleopatra herself, after she enjoyed swimming in the sea here. Whether or not you believe the tale, an afternoon spent on the beach in the shadow of the old castle can feel like stepping back in time – there’s even a Pirates of the Caribbean-style boat docked here for even more historical atmosphere.

One of the two best stretches of sand in Antalya, Konyaalti Beach is situated to the west side of the ancient port city and stretches on for seven-kilometers. Known for its entertainment and nightlife, this slice of resort-quality beach comes complete with a tree-lined beach park populated by Turkish pine and hibiscus, plus a waterpark, nightclubs, bars, restaurants – and all of that overlooked by the magnificent Beydağları mountains.

Patara beach is a slice of secluded seaside for you to spend some time tanning and swimming in the warmth of the ocean. Located in a small, quaint village that makes up a section of the famous Lycian Way trekking route, Patara is Turkey’s longest beach. The lack of development in this area – especially along the seafront – makes this beach stand out from other Turkish seasides.

This unspoiled beach where turtles return to nest is ideal for travelers looking for some peace and quiet. Enclosed on both sides by lush mountains that tumble into the curve of the pebbly beach and the crystal clear waters, Çıralı isn’t the easiest place to reach – but that does make it uncrowded. Without the normal beach backdrop of bars, blaring loud music and water sports, Çıralı is a charming cove of serenity.

Cobalt blue seas, beautiful natural scenery and soft sandy shingle – lovely little Ovabükü bay on the Datça peninsula really has it all. Packed full of gobsmackingly beautiful charm, the beach is home to a handful of locally-owned restaurants that serve up breads, fresh fish and salads under the shade of the surrounding pines. There are also some sweet little pensions here, so you can spend a night or two enjoying the authentic allure of Ovabükü beach.

There may be a fair few places around the world that claim to be a blue lagoon, but this place might just be the real deal. Ölüdeniz Beach, otherwise known as Blue Lagoon, is a wide bay where people come to unwind in the tranquil waters. The beach itself is fairly gritty, but once you’re in the water it’s easy to spend hours simply lounging around in the shallows. Or hire a paddleboard and make the trip across the gentle waters to the small island in the bay and watch as the yachts arrive from out at sea.

An elongated 4.5 kilometers of sand makes up the inviting stretch of beach that is İztuzu. Nicknamed Turtle Beach, İztuzu is one of the most important beaches in Turkey for turtle conservation. The beach is a visually stunning natural landscape – it’s predominantly a long jut of sand that works as a barrier between the intricateness of the freshwater of the Dalyan river and the bold beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

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