Truly the crossroads of civilization linking Asia to Europe, modern Turkey offers more than 4,400 miles of coastline ripe for a sailing adventure. The northern Black Sea coastline contrasts with the Mediterranean warmth of the southern Aegean coast. Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) separates the two.
Some of the best cruising grounds are found in the south near Marmaris, where the Mediterranean and Aegean meet. The old town in Marmaris is an amazing maze of twisted, narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses, plenty of shopping, and many restaurants near the waterfront.
Places you won’t want to miss include:
- Ciftlik, a quaint beach village popular with sailors, lies between Marmaris and Bodrum.
- Bozukkale (the ancient city of Loryma) is the next stop (15 nautical miles) from Marmaris. You’ll want to see the spectacular citadel walls as you enter the port.
- Bozburun, where most people arrive by yacht, offers sheltered bays. Although you may swim here, Bozburun has no formal beach.
- Datca, a largely unspoiled peninsula wedged between Marmaris and Bodrum, serves as your main provisioning stop. Near the harbor, Datca also reportedly has a traditional Turkish bath.
- Serce Limani lies opposite the Greek island of Rhodes on the south end of the Bozburun Peninsula. A magnificent carved stone gate surrounds a natural harbor. Artifacts recovered from an 11th-century shipwreck have been sent to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Sailing the Turkish coast allows you to journey back in time while still enjoying the modern conveniences on a luxury yacht and enjoying some of the loveliest scenery in the Mediterranean.
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