Gocëk is a small village nestled at the foot of the mountains in the northern Gulf of Fethiye. There are twelve beautiful islands in the gulf. According to legend, friends of Queen Cleopatra built thermal baths here to thank her for her visit. These baths are now under water, but a simple mask and snorkel can take you back in time. A sailboat rental in Göcek is marvelled by many as it strikes the perfect balance between relaxation and discovery.
Göcek is an excellent gateway to the southern Aegean coast and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an ideal starting point for many beautiful destinations such as Fethiye and Dalyan. With postcard-perfect green shores, heavenly bays and turquoise waters, the wonders of Göcek have reached the ears of holidaymakers across the globe. The typical holiday season here spans from April until November.
Located just 25 minutes from Dalaman International Airport, the town is very welcoming and peaceful compared to other tourist towns in the country. Göcek is also known for its beautiful coves and islands nestled in the heart of its large secluded bay. It is home to four large marinas that serve the region’s yacht tourism industry. With its coves and twelve islands, Göcek is described as a hidden paradise … it is a must-see destination for all sailors!
Turkey has ideal sailing conditions allowing yachtsmen to sail six months a year. The Turkish coast stretches over 8000 kilometres from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and offers sumptuous landscapes, such as the Gulf of Gokova, the Gulf of Gulluk or the Bay of Kekova.
From April to September, temperatures average between 18 and 26°C. May, June and September are the best months to rent a boat in Turkey.
Sailing is quite easy because the winds are very regular. However, if you opt for a bareboat charter, beware of the exit of the Bosphorus Strait when you leave Istanbul. It is known for its unpredictable waters, strong currents and narrowness.
Turkey has a very good boat rental network. You will find many types of sailing boats for rent, such as monohulls, catamarans, gulets, ketches but also some luxury yachts. It is very common to rent a gulet with friends or family to discover Turkey in an original way. You will then be welcomed on board by the captain and usually a hostess who will make your cruise unforgettable.
Turkey is not a member of the European Union, so you may have to apply for an e-Visa online. Of course, you’ll also need a valid passport!
The currency used is called the Turkish Lira, one euro corresponds to about 2 TRY. The languages spoken are Turkish (official language) and minority languages (Kurdish, Armenian, Greek...).
Les Manti: ravioli filled with meat (beef or lamb) which are served with a yoghurt sauce and red chilli pepper.
Les Dolmas: vine leaves filled with vegetables (aubergines, courgettes, peppers ...) and meat, all seasoned with spices.
Balik Ekmek: a speciality of the sea because it is made from fish! This dish looks like a bruschetta or a sandwich and is covered with fish and raw vegetables.
When it comes to desserts, Turkish pastries are as fat as they are delicious. You must taste a baklava, a sweet puff pastry made with nuts, pistachios and sugar syrup – yum!
You’ll come to understand that after each meal in Turkey, a nap on the deck is a must!!
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