The Southern coast of Turkey is home to sunny skies, turquoise waters and tranquil bays. The stuff dreams are made of! Combine this with long summers, spectacular scenery and delicious Turkish food (our mouths are watering just thinking about it!) Turkey can be a great place to sail in from the beginning of April through to the end of October.
The stretch of Carian coastline from Marmaris is rich with history with ancient ruins taking centre stage at several ports. The sailing ground here is great for crews who like to combine amazing culture with natural beauty and, of course, a great sail.
The food in Turkey is well known for its unique combination of East and West - another reason why so many people set sail off the Turkish coast. Restaurants offer amazing selections of enjoyable starters and delicious main courses. From freshly caught seafood, to homemade shish kebabs, to an array of mouth-watering vegetarian dishes; you will not be disappointed with the tastes you discover!
You will find that the weather in Turkey is warm and sunny for a much longer period than a lot of our other Mediterranean destinations. This gives you sailors a great reason to visit Turkey earlier or later in the season. The prevailing wind in the Carian coast blows from the North-North West with an average of force 4 in the summer season. In the early and late season the wind does shift slightly to the west.
You will begin your charter from Netsel Marmaris Marina which is only a short walk from the town centre. In the marina itself there are a large variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops to choose from. This is an ideal starting point to stock up on provisions before setting sail!
Popular stops along the Carian Coast include pristine anchorages to enjoy with great local restaurants along the way.
A likely first stop would be Çiftlik Bay. A large bay on the north of Çiftlik Adası (island) the slopes are covered by beautiful pine and olive trees. There are a few jetties that you can tie up to and be within cork popping distance from a handful of restaurants. The setting in Çiftlik Bay is very impressive with a good atmosphere.
Another option to choose from would be Serçe Port (Limanı). Serçe Limanı is an attractive anchorage, the water is crystal clear and the surrounding slopes are covered with olive trees. This is a perfect place to drop the hook for the evening, you can even longline to the shore if preferred!
You could also pay a visit to Bozukkale. Bozukkale is a large bay, lying between points; Kale Burnu and Değirmen Burnu which indents to the north. The walls of the ancient city of Loryma surround the port. The castle walls are well camoflauged as they blend into the rocky cape. The castle’s position is almost directly opposite the ancient Greek city of Rhodes, which supports the theory that it was built by Rhodian craftsmen trying to deny harbour to enemy fleets. This also makes for a great walk once safely moored up, the view of the sunset from the top of the wall is not to be missed.
Bozburun is another fantastic place to stop. It is famous for boat building, as you head into the bay you will pass the impressive boat yards - there are hundreds of Gulets to be seen! On Tuesdays there is a street market, great sights and sounds to experience. There are numerous restaurants lining the harbour providing good food and excellent service. It is a bustling little town with magnificient sunsets to enjoy. This is also a great place for restocking your provisions and there is power and water available in the harbour.
After a few days of getting to know the Carian Coast it is nearly time to head home!
Kumlubük is a great choice for your penultimate night as it's not far from Marmaris so returning to base is easy! Kumlubük is a moon shaped large bay on the south of Asarcık point, the bay is surrounded by thickly wooded mountains. There are several restaurants with piers, water, electricity and wireless connections are available. This is also a great place for an afternoon dip in the gin clear waters.
Now it's time to head back to your base, Marmaris. There are several shops in town giving you the perfect opportunity to pick up a few souveniers for family and friends at home. You have a number of restaurants to choose from for your final meal with plenty of bars for a nightcap before heading back to reality.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
The Iris Hotel has been a popular choice for flotilla sailors for many years. This accommodation option will fit in with any of our flotillas starting and finishing on Lefkas Island. The hotel itself is a small family run hotel located close to Nidri Town. It has a combination of studio rooms for two or three people and apartments that can sleep up to 4.
The Salvator Spa Hotel is perched in the hills above Parga town and is a slightly more luxurious offering. The rooms on offer range from the Deluxe Room for two people, up to the Superior 2 Room Villa for up to 6 people. The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant, pool and spa facilities and all villas come with their own private pool.
Our brand new villa in Sivota on Lefkas is exclusive to Sailing Holidays Ltd. Built with families and groups in mind, the 3 double bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms. Built into the hill the ground floor level comprises of the master bedroom, a large kitchen and living space. On the same level you will find a huge outdoor seating area and a private pool.