on selected yachts in April and May
During your journey, visit the extensive bazaar filled with fresh spices, “designer” T-shirts, leather jackets, pashminas, hand-carved backgammon sets, stunning silver jewellery, hand-woven kilim rugs and much more. Perhaps you will catch a whiff of the region’s famed frankincense forests as you boat around the southern coast of Turkey. On Ephesus, Caunus, and Pergamos you can see historic ruins ranging from the proto-Greek period to the Byzantine period.
From Marmaris you have the option of heading East, towards Gocek, and the Gulf of Fethiye, taking in the famous tombs carved into the cliffs by the Dalyan river. Alternatively, you can head west and explore the Bozburun peninsula which offers great sailing over short distances with crystal clear waters.
Explore beautiful Turkey
Situated on the southern coast of Turkey, Marmaris offers the perfect base in which to explore beautiful bays, quiet coves and anchorages.
Afternoon breezes from the west average Force 3-5 during the summer, but can reach force 6-7. The Meltemi wind dies down in September. The sailing season runs from early May to late October. The average summer temperature is 27°C.
The nearest airport is Dalaman, although transfers can be arranged from Bodrum international airport. There are charter and low cost flights from the UK to Dalaman with airtlines including Easyjet, Pegasus, Monarch and Thompson. A taxi from Bodrum airport to Marina Marmaris is about 2.5 hours. A taxi from Dalaman airport to Marina Marmaris is about 1.5 hours.
DAY 1 : Embark at Marmaris. The south of the main town in a quiet location within Marmaris Bay.
DAY 2 : Bozuk Buku (25nm) is a charming, enclosed bay at the end of the Datca peninsula. Small hamlet ashore. Clear water for swimming.
DAY 3 : Bozburun (13nm), a traditional sponge-fishing village surrounding a small harbour, is home to the famous ‘Roguish Osman’s’ restaurant. Great food and a delightful setting.
DAY 4 : Datca (17nm) is a pleasant small town with good selection of restaurants and shops. Moor on the town quay or Keci Buku(15nm)
DAY 5 : Sogut (18nm) is a scenic anchorage with good shelter and a small restaurant in summer.
DAY 6 : Kumlu Buku (30nm) is a small village just south of Marmaris Bay with a beach and restaurants ashore.
DAY 7 : Return to Marmaris (12nm).
Day 1: Marmaris to Ciftlik (12nm)
Ciftlik is a small, rural village nestled on a hillside with great views of Fethiye Bay. You can wind surf or paraglide on nearby Calis Beach.
Day 2: Ciftlik to Bozukkale (14nm)
The bay’s entrance is guarded by the remains of an ancient citadel used by the Athenians to base their fleet before the Knidos war. Behind the main tavern, Ali Baba’s, is a path that leads up to the stone walls still remaining of the fortress. Make sure you have good walking shoes on, but the view of the bay area is well worth the trek.
Day 3: Bozukkale to Bencik (8nm)
Bencik Bay is not to be missed; it is essentially a miniature fiord, extending 1.5 miles. Some yachtsmen claim that if you don’t anchor at Bencik, then you didn’t sail on the Aegean coast of Turkey.
Day 4: Bencik to Datca (15nm)
Eat at the Yakamengen Kafe Restoran in Datca. They use fresh ingredients, have a welcoming atmosphere , and are lauded as the top restaurant in Datca via tripadvisor. Be sure to try the home-made lemonade!
Day 5: Datca to Serce (20nm)
Watch for the narrow entrance for this bay because it can be easy to miss. You can go on a donkey tour to the village. The bay’s water is cool and clean, and the surrounding land is covered with olive trees.
Day 6: Serce to Turunc (16nm)
Enjoy the sandy beaches, with pine clad mountains offering a spectacular backdrop. Go horseback riding, indulge in a Turkish bath, or stay on your boat and fish for dinner.
Day 7: Turunc to Marmaris (10nm)
Day 1: Sail a short distance to Kumlu Buku where you can see the ruins of acient Amos. If you feel like dining ashore, check out the Kumlu Buku Yacht Club for traditional Turkish cuisine.
Day 2: Head off to Ekincik Bay. As you make your way inland along the channels of the Dalyan River Delta, watch for herons and kingfishers among the reeds. Go ashore at Caunos to visit the remains of a theatre, a Byzantine church, and a Roman bath house. Check out the rock tombs carved into the cliff face above the Dalyan River.
Day 3: Sail southeast to Kizilkuyruk Harbour. Spend the day swimming, snorkelling, waterskiing or windsurfing in the sheltered waters of the bay. Maybe you would rather hike to the ruins of ancient Lydae in the hills. Then its off to the picturesque Skopea Liman is Manastir Bay, where you can swim over the partially submerged ruins of a monastery.
Day 4: Sail to Gemiler Island where you can walk around the remains of a sizeable Byzantine settlement and see a beautiful mosaic in one of the churches. Take advantage of the fabulous view from the summit and sitting down with champagne glass in hand watch the sun set over the sea.
Day 5: Cruise to Bestas Harbour and trek to the deserted Greek village of Kaya Koy, 45 minutes away. Kaya Koy has a mysterious air about it and its very size gives us an idea as to the extent of its former glory. From here it is possible to rendezvous with a guide and minibus and take a day trip to the archeological sites of Xanthos, Patara and Letoon.
Day 6: Cruise to Deep Bay for a morning swim in crystal-clear waters, then move on to Kapi Creek. Kapi Creek is home to more interesting ruins of old dwellings, one of which has a triple-vaulted roof . Consider dining ashore under the pine trees as you watch the sun set over the water.
Day 7: Crossing to the Loryma Peninsula, you can stop at Byzantine Creek (Gerbekse) for lunch. Ashore are the ruins of a small Byzantine trading station.
Day 8: Disembarkation in Marmaris.