Turkey is a new sailing destination, known for its versatility, several cultural treasures hidden in its charming cities, small picturesque fishing villages and beautiful, wild nature.
In this article you can expect:
- Sailing areas and difficulty
- Weather and sailing season
- Cities and culture
Sailing areas and difficulty
For the sake of simplicity, the Turkish coast can be divided into four regions from northwest to southeast: Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas and Antalya.
During the summer months, the entire Turkish coastline has wonderful sailing conditions. The sea is mostly calm and the distances are easily manageable. Therefore, this area is very suitable for sailing beginners or a family vacation with children.
The sailing season in Turkey lasts from May to October. The air temperature is around 30°C and the water is on average 24 – 25°C warm. There are two winds on the Turkish coast: The Meltemi comes from the north with 3 to 6 Bft. The Lodos can reach considerable strength and become stormy. It is therefore advisable to watch the weather reports. It gets very hot and dry in August, which is also the time when most tourists come. Due to the heat, summer thunderstorms can also occur. In order to have more fun and safe sailing, we recommend June and September.
The most important marinas are located in Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Göcek. All Turkish marinas are very clean and modern. You will find everything you need right on the spot: supermarkets and boutiques, laundromats, first aid stations, free wifi and numerous cafes, bistros and restaurants. In the smaller towns and villages, restaurants offer moorings, and by arrangement, you can often get water and electricity here as well.
Turkey offers beautiful nature, quiet bays, impressive vegetation and a fjord-like coastal landscape. The Turkish wild coast is rather little sailed and offers with its natural and anchor-safe bays a relaxing time. Our insider tip for all nature lovers among you: The Gulf of Fethiye!
Cities and culture
The Turkish coast offers a remarkable variety. Besides a lot of bathing fun, there is definitely a lot of cultural stuff to see: Bodrum, Myra, Patara, the island of Kara Ada, Ekincik or Cleopatra Island. The small, idyllic towns around Marmaris such as Selimiye, Datca, Bozburun, Turunc invite visitors with their small restaurants and cafes to enjoy and linger. In every small fishing village you can make a new discovery for yourself.
When sailing in Turkey, you will find a huge offer of various delicacies everywhere. The versatility of this country is confirmed even more clearly in the traditional Turkish cuisine. Here the nomadic cooking traditions of the Turkic people mix with Indian, Persian and Arabic cuisine. Meals typically begin with Meze (many different appetizers) served with Ekmek (a delicious stone-baked bread). The main course often consists of hearty meats: Köfte or kebap (or Adana), served with rice and salad. For the palate, there is finally Baklava, Helva, or Lokum (Turkish honey).
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