Turkey unites Europe and Asia, with her glorious past that lasted for centuries. Turkey is a land of many cultures, decorated with the most impressive historical ruins and monuments and is an exciting vacation charter destination. A paradise of sun and sea, Turkey offers the boater a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most Turkey locals have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches and sailing or boating in the Mediterranean. There are hundreds of beaches, coves and sheltered anchorages under a backdrop of rugged pine-studded mountains.
A journey back in time, with archaeological sites, castles and temples that reflect its importance in ancient times, Turkey’s south west stretch of coastline from Izmir via Kusadaşi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kaş to Antalya – is an ideal cruising ground.
The coastline can be divided into four different areas:
- The Ionian Coast: Izmir – Kusadasi – Güllük – Bodrum, This is a coastline which has some of the best climate and brought forth the rich culture of the Ionians and their great philosophers.
- The Carian Coast: Bodrum – Marmaris, This is the most popular sailing ground and holds the two largest yacht bases in Turkey: Bodrum and Marmaris.
- The west Lycian Coast: Marmaris – Fethiye, This coast is known for it’s interesting coves and ruggedly beautiful coastlines. Bedri Rahmi Cove is considered one of the most important bays in the gulf and is named for one of the masters of Turkish literature and art whose magnificent fish painting was done on a large rock that greets boaters as they enter the cove. This cove is also known by the local people as Taskaya and Lycia Cove.
- The east Lycian Coast: Fethiye – Kas – Finike – Antalya, Here you will find ancient rock tombs and stone sarcophagi. Göcek has been transformed over the past several years to become the ‘in’ spot for salty dogs and international yachtsmen.
The culinary range in Turkey is vast, and is certainly one of the reasons that many vacation charters choose to explore this area. From the many soups to an astonishing variety of hors d’oeuvres (meze) followed by meat and fish dishes, culinary delights abound. There are many top-notch restaurants in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul and Ankara where international cuisine is quite prevalent. There are also a large number of small, family restaurants which offer simple but tasty dishes at moderate prices. Be sure to leave room for the famous Turkish sweets and pastries before finishing with Turkish coffee.
For some of the world’s most luxurious suede and leather items, including handbags, belts, shoes and more, Turkey’s prices and quality will not disappoint. The only difficulty shopping and bargain hunting in Turkey will be choosing from the many hundreds of products and styles.
There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country.