A country of magnificent cities, mountains, valleys, beaches and rainforest, Turkey’s terrain is breathtaking and diverse; home to extraordinary biodiversity. If you start your catamaran charter in Kaş, stop at Kaputaş Beach, 10 miles west of the city. A stunning inlet in between two dramatic cliff faces, with no buildings or development, the golden sands are pristine and look out onto the vast turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Or if you charter or sail anywhere between Antalya and Fethiye, the Lycian Way is home to such brilliant sea and mountain views that the Sunday Times named it one of the ‘World’s Ten Best Walks’!
Turkey is a marvelous destination for a catamaran charter; with a Mediterranean climate (temperatures consistently in mid-20s), sailing here is bliss. With 6 months of ideal navigation conditions, you can sail between April and November and be faced with glorious weather to sail the coast and islands around Turkey. October sees more mellow, peaceful waters, which is ideal for the less experienced sailors, whilst July and August can experience stronger, less reliable winds.
Turkey’s location on the Eurasian border means its culture, traditions and as a result cuisine, is a vibrant fusion of trans-continental influences. During your catamaran charter you will have the opportunity to try various delightful traditional dishes, so why not try Manti; small beef or lamp dumplings which can be boiled or fried, commonly served with yoghurt. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t miss out on the famous Baklava. Perhaps one of Turkey’s most famous specialties, this syrupy-pastry dessert is unique; often serves with pistachios, it’s a must-have during your charter holiday.
Sailing isn’t the only thing to do during a catamaran charter, so it’s important to find moorings with interesting activities so you can make the most of it. Turkey is a great destination if you’re a history lover, or anyone curious about its intriguing culture, due to the countless roman ruins and ancient remains to explore. If you rent a boat from Teos, allow time to explore the ancient city, whose date of foundation is unknown, but was one of the 12 cities that formed the Ionian League. Or if you pass through Antalya during your navigation, visit Kaleci old town, home to the famous Hadrian’s Gate and the Antalya Archaeological Museum.
One of the most impressive destinations in Turkey for a boat rental, Istanbul is a magnificent city with so much on offer. So, if you start your catamaran charter here, give yourself enough time to explore the best bits of the city, before setting sail on your cruising adventures! Here is a sample itinerary of how you could spend one day in Turkey’s most exciting city:
Morning: After grabbing some breakfast, head to Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, and spend a few hours getting lost in the 4000 shops, souvenir shopping or simply observing the mesmerizing array of beautiful handmade goods!
Lunch: Head to Serbethane Café & Restaurant where traditional Turkish food is served in a charming, rustic setting.
Afternoon: After filling up on Turkey’s best delicacies, visit the Basilica Cistern, a huge underground water built in the 16th century. From here it is just a 10 minute walk to Topkapi Palace, which was built in the 15th century, and housed Ottoman sultans; now functioning as a museum. Depending on how long you’ve spent, you may also have time to visit the stunning neighbouring Gülhane Park, which is the oldest park in Istanbul.
Dinner: A catamaran charter anywhere in Turkey will never leave you far from exquisite cuisine, so you won’t be short of choice, but Neyzade Restaurant is a good bet. A perfect blend of tradition and contemporary, the standards of cooking are modern whilst the recipes reflecting the roots of the Neotholic Age.
Wherever your catamaran charter base is in Turkey, you won’t be far from an international airport. Atatürk International Airport is located 24km west of Istanbul, and transfers to the marina can be organized, just inform your GlobeSailor advisor in advance! There are shuttle buses to Marmaris and Fethiye from Dalaman Airport, so if you fly into here, you will be able reach your base easily.
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