Located on the border between Europe and Asia, the culture of Turkey is an enchanting fusion of traditions and lifestyles, spices and religions. A yacht charter here will enable you to uncover some of the magic of the country, onboard a yacht, sailing in first-rate conditions in the sparkling waters of the Aegean or Mediterranean. With opportunities to rent a boat and sail in over 15 destinations across the country; from Istanbul to Bodrum to Antalya, you won’t be short of choice, so set sail to discover the sweetness of Baklava and the wonder of the ancient cities!
Between the months of April and November, conditions are ideal for a yacht charter. Turkey experiences stronger, less reliable winds in the months of July and August, so the best times to go would be in May, June and September, when temperatures range between 18-30 degrees; so cruising under the shining sun on your yacht could not be more blissful.
Turkey’s heritage encompasses a fascinating amalgamation of traditions and cultures, making it historically, one of the most interesting places you could visit on a yacht charter. Straddling the Eurasian border, the country is scattered with mosques and churches, roman ruins and eastern traditions, forming a country rich in diverse cultures and lifestyles. There is an array of historic monuments worth exploring, for example, if you charter a boat from Kusadasi, you can easily take a trip to Selçuk, where the ancient ruins of the city of Ephesus lie. Once the second most important city of the Roman empire in not just Turkey, but the world, the remains consist of the old Gladiator Theatre, the Celsius Library and Hadrian’s temple. Or you can start your yacht charter in Fethiye and head east along the coast to Antalya, and sail the Lycian Way; an area home to various ancient ruins, such as the tombs of Myra and the Church of Saint Nicholas.
The beaches of Turkey are beautiful and diverse, many acting as nesting ground for turtles! A yacht charter in Marmaris means you must pay a visit to Iztuzu Beach, where golden sands and sapphire waters attract visitors from all around, and an area is fenced off specifically to protect the turtle nests. If you’re a lover of watersports, there are numerous beaches offering such opportunities, for example a 300m sandy beach located 4km south of the town of Alaçatı, where you can try your hand at windsurfing and kiteboarding! Or just enjoy the stunning beach views from the comfort of your yacht.
Bodrum is the most popular destination in Turkey for a yacht charter; with over 200 boats to choose from, you will be sure to find the right boat for you! If you only have a day in Bodrum before embarking on your sailing adventure, you’ll want to make the most of it, so get up early grab some breakfast and head to the Zeki Muren Arts Museum, located in the artist’s former home, which displays his various paintings and costumes. The Bodrum Deniz Museum is great one for the true sailing enthusiasts, as it’s a maritime museum exhibiting model ships, seashells and old photographs as the city has long been a nautical hotspot. For lunch, try out the Nazik Ana restaurant, which serves delicious, authentic Turkish cuisine.
In the afternoon, it’s worth visiting Bodrum Castle, which was built in the 1400s and now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and from there you can head to the Mausoleum at Halicamassus, built between the years of 353 and 350BC! Then for what may be some of the best views you see during your yacht charter, head to Myndos Gate, old ruins which used to be part of the city wall where you can soak up the astonishing ocean views in the warm evening air. At dusk, don’t venture too far, but head for dinner at the nearby Windmill Restaurant, which serves up dishes and delicacies typical of Turkey, and watch the glorious colours of the sunset whilst you sip on a cocktail.
The cuisine of Turkey is adored and replicated all over the world. The home of kebabs, Turkey boasts culinary excellence with its fusion of European and Asian influences. With Mediterranean ingredients and middle-eastern spices, flavours are vibrant and colourful; what better way to discover the local dishes than during a yacht charter? Try the typical ‘Meze’, which tends to be served as a starter, with various bean dishes, salads and dips, and taste ‘Kofte’, which are small balls of lamb or beef infused with delicious herbs and spices, such as mint, cumin, sumac and paprika.
Turkey has a large array of airports, which means reaching your yacht charter base is simple. If you charter from Bodrum you can fly into Milas-Bodrum airport which is located 36km northeast of the city. Or if your yacht charter is based in Fethiye, Marmaris or Gocek, you can fly into Dalaman Airport, which offers a shuttle service to the towns of Fethiye and Marmaris.
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