Яхтинг в Турции: побережье между городами Бодрум и Мармарис
The TURQUOISE COAST
The coast between Bodrum and Marmaris
The coast between Bodrum and Marmaris has deservedly earned the name "Turquoise Coast" because of the color of its waters. Here, long jagged pine-covered peninsulas and mountains enclose fjords of the deepest blue.
Going from Bodrum to Marmaris while visiting all the sites and bays we mention below will take about 2 weeks. However, it is possible, if you do not have the time, to concentrate your blue voyage in only one of the main gulfs of Gokova or Hisaronu. Each of them would take from 5 to 7 days depending on your plans.
OUR STARTING POINT: BODRUM
Bodrum, on the north shore of the Gulf of Gokova, is the undisputed "hot spot" of the Aegean Coast. This swinging, singing, dancing town, with its bohemian atmosphere, gathers together Turkish and international artists, intellectuals and lovers of the good life. A lovely week on the coast between Bodrum and Marmaris allows you to visit any of the places mentioned in the two sections below.
GULF OF GOKOVA
A yachting tour of the Gulf of Gokova starts in Bodrum. The best time to sail from Bodrum is in the early hours on the morning when the heat and crowds have not yet dissipated the freshness of the air. The Gulf itself can provide you with enough sites and bays for a whole week or even more. The translucent and deep waters of the Gulf on the southern shore of the Bodrum Peninsula vary from the darkest blue to the palest turquoise, and the coastline is thickly wooded with every hue of green. In the evening, the sea reflects the mountains silhouetted against the setting sun, while at night it shimmers with phosphorescence.
About 9 miles east of Bodrum is Orak Island, an islet of bare rock and thorny shrubs that seem to float in the clear morning light. Cokertme is another wonderful place to stop, a charming fishing hamlet, perfect for a fish lunch and famous for its hand-made carpets.
Camalti Cove is a delightful location for swimming and for a nice half-hour's hike that will take you to Oren, an old village that co-exists with the strange and evocative ruins of ancient Ceramus.
Akbuk is one of the best anchorages in the area, enclosed within splendidly rich scenery and hidden behind a forested promontory. The excellent cozy restaurants are as good a reason as any to linger for a tasty meal after an afternoon of snorkeling and diving.
Sedir Island, popularly known as Cleopatra's Island, is the site of ancient Cedreae. This island boasts an incredible beach with fine sand composed of fossils and a magnificent view of the Kiran Mountains across the bay. It is one of the most enjoyable sites to visit, the ruins of Cedreae whilst of a modest size are overrun with shrubbery and olive trees set in the gentle protected waters and offering a selection of breathtaking views. Many a guide book suggests that you take your evening cocktail to the theater at sunset to experience an atmosphere not found in many places, not everyone takes the advice so don't worry about it being too crowded.
As you sail along the island's south-western coast, forests stretch out to meet the deep inlets of the bays. The jagged coastline, known as the Bay of Sixty-six Inlets, has an almost surreal appearance as though it were the imaginary scenery in the oft-told tales of pirates. Numerous coves and little bays offer such incredible anchorages as Sogut Cove with it's freshwater stream, Kers Cove and Degirmanbuku, also known as "English Harbour" in memory of an English fleet which took refuge here from pursuing German warships during World War II.
Another interesting place in the gulf is the Seven Islands, a group of, surprisingly, four islets forming an exquisite harbor of translucent sea and rich aquatic life.
GULF OF HISARONU
The Gulf of Hisaronu hosts several very important ancient sites on the Turquoise Coast. At the end of the Datca Peninsula stands the ancient Carian city of Cnidos, described by Strabo as "a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas."
There are many other bays and coves on the coast whilst sailing from Cnidos to Datca. Palamut Cove, Hayit Cove, Ova Cove, Parmak Cove, Kargi Bay… everyone of them inviting and beautiful.
The town of Datca has become a popular stop-over for yachtsmen, and offers many colorful seafood restaurants, pubs and discotheques.
Keci Buku Bay is rich in natural beauty: surrounded by mountains and forests, with a natural sand formation resembling a sunken pier.
On leaving the Gulf of Hisaronu we find hidden away in its own exclusive inlet the town of Bozburun, famous as one of the gullet-building centers of Turkey. If you visit the area during the summer months you can probably see the team of American and Turkish archaeologist that are excavating a 9th century Byzantine shipwreck very close to the little town of Selimiye.
Loryma, at the tip of the Bozburun Peninsula where the ruins of the ancient harbor and castle remain can only be reached by boat. Kumlubuku, a turquoise paradise, lies on the southern side of the bay; on the north side, above the water, stands the ancient Rhodian city of Amos. At Turunc a natural harbor opens out into a wide expanse of spectacular blue water. From this point you can return to Bodrum or complete your tour at Marmaris.
The coast between KUSADASI and BODRUM: Saint JOHN'S HERITAGE
The coast between BODRUM and MARMARIS: the "TURQUOISE COAST"
The coast between MARMARIS and FETHIYE
The coast between FETHIYE and KAS
The coast between KAS and ANTALYA: the "COAST OF LIGHT"