258 Sailboats to Rent in Turkey
A land of exquisite scenery, and even more exquisite food, Turkey is a hub for tourists from all over the world. With countless charismatic coastal towns and cities where you can rent a boat, and both the Aegean and Mediterranean to cruise through, it really is an idyllic place for your next charter holiday. Turkey is already a popular destination for gullet cruising, so why not get on board, and book a sailboat charter for next summer, so you can visit vibrant Istanbul, bustling Bodrum, or the luscious Lycian Way, whilst snacking on the exotic flavours of Baklava or Meze.
Top 3 Reasons to Charter a Sailboat in Turkey
1. Beautiful Beaches
Turkey is home to some stunning beaches worth exploring during your sailboat charter. If you’re sailing around Fethiye, head to Patara Beach in Xanthos Valley, where you will be met with 15km of vast, powdery white sands, or for a different experience, drop anchor at Kabak Beach. Located in a pine-forested valley, this sandy-pebbled beach is a perfect place to connect with nature, and enjoy separation from city life. Or if you start your charter in Antalya, moor your sailboat at Çıralı, where mountains, citrus groves and nesting turtles make for an area of astonishing beauty.
2. Turkish Cuisine
Food in Turkey is a large part of the culture, and a sailboat charter is the perfect way to explore the country’s exquisite gastronomy. During your sailing holiday, be sure not to miss out on Lokum, the real Turkish delight! You may find that a lot dishes consist of various minced meats or spinach and cheese; try Borek, a savour pastry popularly filled with such ingredients along with rich spices, or try Pide, a boat shaped flatbread topped with minced meat or other fresh ingredients.
3. Breathtaking Scenery
Turkey is home to some sensational landscapes, with forests, mountains, lakes, valleys, beaches and more. A sailboat charter in Fethiye will give you the opportunity to visit Ölüdeniz, a pebbly beach home to translucent azure waters, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, to discover the enchanting world below the waves! But not only this, the beach is looked over by Babadag Mountain, said to be one of the best places in the world to go paragliding, with magnificent panoramic views; something to make this sailboat charter more memorable than any other…
In Turkey, there tends to be about 6 months where weather is perfect for sailboat navigation; between the months of April and November. During this time, temperatures tend to range between 18-30 degrees C, and winds are mild (although beginners may want to avoid a sailboat charter July and August as wind conditions are often less reliable).
Fethiye is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey for a sailboat charter, and its easy to see why. Part of the famous Lycian Way, and not far from Butterfly Valley, home to a vast variety of butterfly species and a popular spot for canoeing and scuba diving. You can also visit Crusader Fortress, located on a hillside above Fethiye, which was built at the start of the 15th century, with stunning views. 5km northeast of the city centre, you can find Calis Beach, where part of the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall was filmed. At the heart of Fethiye lies the roman theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century BC, which is definitely worth a trip, to get your dose of Turkey’s history during your sailboat charter.
Reaching your Destination
There are various ways of reaching your sailboat charter base. Flying is easy as airports such as Dalaman are only a short distance from bases such as Gocek, Fethiye and Marmaris, and also offers shuttle services to the latter two. Whatsmore cities such as Bodrum and Istanbul, some of Turkey’s most popular destinations, have their own airports, so getting to your charter base will be stress-free!
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