Where it all started
Turkey is famous for sailing opportunities and Bodrum is one of the most popular areas to start, finish and generally enjoy during a yacht charter in Turkey. This lively port city can be found in the southwestern corner of the beautiful Turkish peninsula of the same name and is filled with historical and cultural attractions, as well as numerous cosmopolitan bars, great restaurants and stylish shopping districts. Whether you mingle with the hustle and bustle on land or find your own piece of tranquillity floating in the blue of the Aegean, here you can enjoy the many pleasures of the meandering Eastern Mediterranean summer season.
If you are spending some time on land, there is a lot to see, eat and do, the most important of which is a visit to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. This ancient tomb, which dates back to 353-350 BC, was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and stands today as one of the most famous places in Turkey. What remains of the ruins today gives an idea of the importance of the site in Bodrum, and the intricacy of sculptures and architecture combined with the extended gardens creates a perfect cultural setting.
Marmaris is known as the yachting capital of Turkey and is based on one of the world's largest ports, a vast cove backed by majestic mountain peaks. Explore secluded paradise islands, snorkel in crystal clear waters, and explore mysterious phosphorus caves before heading into the jungle for a trail trek. Among the livelier yachting spots of Bodrum and Marmaris are the stunning unspoilt peninsulas of Gokova and Bozburun, which border the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Here you can explore Turkey's rural beauty, from rugged coastlines to idyllic coves and islets, making it the perfect place to shut up and enjoy the surroundings.
This can also be an excellent opportunity to expand your charter itinerary to the stunning Turkish Riviera and the magnificent Greek islands. Go traditional on a majestic Turkish Gulet or pamper yourself on a glitzy luxury superyacht. Long considered one of the best sailing spots in the Mediterranean, Gocek Bay is home to four main Turkish marinas. The bustling harbour is a registered privately protected area and has remained a charming fishing village without being tainted by tourist resorts. Turkey's dizzying charm and diverse attractions make it as beautiful as it is vibrant, providing pleasure and relaxation wherever visitors wander.