MARMARIS - FETHIYE - MARMARIS
Day 1 - Marmaris
Marmaris is a port city and a tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey, in Muğla Province. Marmaris is a heavenly corner where you can see all grades and harmonies of green and blue during the twelve months of the year. The abundance of bays in the long coastline; its being a natural port; ancient cities; natural attractions; Blue Cruise facilities, the marina for 800 boat and water-sports facilities are the peculiarities making Marmaris a paradise for tourists. Marmaris is one of the most elegant yachting resorts in Turkey. A point to meet the most beautiful boats. Ultramarine blue sea, mountains and pinewoods sketch the landscape. Many choices of shops, cafes, restaurants are to be found along the narrow streets of the town.
Day 2 - Ekincik, Dalyan
Ekincik is an unspoiled natural wonder, blessed with breathtaking beauty. It is uncrowded, pretty and tranquil with a nice little beach nearby. The coastal road there is gorgeous too and is a good base for boat trips and walking tours. The 2 km long stretch of the unspoilt gravel beach meets a small harbour from which the boats departs to Dalyan, located approximately 45 minutes away. The scenery is stunning and there are many opportunities to observe the local wildlife. On the beach, there is a small range of water sports facilities available including banana-boat and water-ski. You may join optional Dalyan Tour from here. You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called “piyade”. Firstly arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) beach and a take a swim stop here. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you sail along in the riverboat. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs and finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated.
Dalyan is one of the most interesting places of outstanding natural beauty. Set on the south-west corner of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Dalyan is an unspoilt village surrounded by pine-clad hills, cotton fields and miles of untouched coastline. There are astonishing rock tombs carved out of the local cliffs 2,500 years ago. There are thermal springs and mud bath near Dalyan. The warm water softens the skin and eliminates wrinkles because it contains high ratio sulphur. Dalyan is one of the few surviving places of paradise, an area of natural beauty and historical interest. The ancient city of Caunos lies here with its ruins dating back to 3000 years. This is also the beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. The nesting time is from May till October.
Day 3 - Adali Bay, Tersane Island, Hamam Bay
South-east of the (Hamam) Manastir bay, in the ruins of a bath in the water because of the region known as Cleopatra's Bath, or Sunken Bath Bay coastal tectonics, such as the formation of the bay in the Gulf with many bays. A careful examination of the hill slope behind the bay, which is active in the past, this hill is a crater lake of tectonic structure and reducing water channels, clearly visible from the shore. The monastery dark, pine trees and up the hill from the shore in some places covered with carob trees. Structure of an ancient wall running parallel to the direction of the north-east coast and other small remnants of ancient Lycia reminds me that you are not far from the city. Lydia Network Port can be reached by a hiking trail approximately 1.5 hours. Hamam is the bay that no blue voyage yachts or daily tripper boats will pass without anchoring. The sailors like to spend their nights here. There are several restaurants with wooden pergolas on the shore serving the yachts.
Tersane Island is also known as Shipyard Island, these are the largest in the Gulf of Fethiye. A deep, 100m long channel provides entry into these islands. There are covered and sheltered bays on the east side, which is also known as summer harbour. The western part is closed due to fierce winds, it is best to anchor here. According to historical sources, Tersane Islands were called Telandria. There are about a hundred ruins of ancient houses that can e seen from the land and the sea. These islands proved to be most secure for sailors in the entire Gulf of Fethiye during the Byzantine period.
Day 4 - Kizil Island, Fethiye
At sunset, the sun hits the stones and turns crimson red in colour, a colour that resembles the island soil. The island got its name from this phenomenon. There is very little infrastructure on this island. The southern tip of the island has a lighthouse that guides maritime traffic. To the north-west is the Deliktas Islands, ideal for diving and fishing. The red waves off the east coast of the island wash the wide sand beach and are best suited for swimming.
Fethiye is a natural harbour city in the western Mediterranean. It's a very popular holiday centre with its magnificent natural beauty and ancient Lycian towns. Oludeniz considered the most beautiful beach in Turkey is nearby, and it is a popular place to start a blue voyage yacht cruise. If all places and all seas were known by colour, Fethiye’s colour would be turquoise. The word turquoise, a blue that has more than a hint of green, comes from the blue used in the Turkish tile work. The most beautiful shade of the colour blue came and settled on the waters of the Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea). Towards evening, around sunset, you catch such a wonderful turquoise you can never see on any other seas. If you call it blue you are wrong, if you say it is green it is not that either but both together. It is difficult to put it into words. It is best if you go and see it for yourself and be hit by a lightning bolt!
Day 5 - Gocek, Yassica Islands
Gocek is a natural harbour lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Turquoise coast of Turkey, just 22km from Dalaman International Airport. Protected by the wooded foothills of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf. When you arrive in the centre, you will see a long street called Turgut Ozal Street that offers many outlets for antique and modern carpets and textiles, gifts shops, restaurants etc. It is possible to find all your needs in this street. Famous supermarkets Tansas, Migros and Bim - have branches in Gocek town, in addition to many smaller family-run markets that an everything that you will need for either yacht provisioning or self-catering. While you are walking along the main street to the seafront, you will see smart, plain, quiet, restaurants, fish restaurants, cafes and pubs, all playing good international and local music. However, you should also walk inland a little to see the restaurants and bars hiding in wonderful green gardens, surrounded by colourful flowers. You will find the atmosphere dizzy with the flower aromas, your cocktail and the unusual high oxygen levels, which we know you don't normally breathe.
Some of these islands appear as the Yassica Islands group on several maritime maps. Anchorage is available at the nearest port of Gocek. Yassica Islands in the Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most romantic places, ideal for spending quality time with your partner and photographing gorgeous sunsets. The islands are covered with pine and olive trees, have many sheltered and shallow bays and are ideal for water sports enthusiasts. There are no establishments on the islands. The biggest one has a sandy beach and there is a small pool cape off the lagoon. It looks purpose-built for children to play in. You can swim here without fear of danger from anything between the islands. The minimum distance is 12m between two islands. If you have half an hour you can swim to and from four islands. You can explore the islands by walking if you wish but don’t forget to take sturdy shoes or boots with you as the ground can be very stony. Despite their small size, these islands have a good variety of different plants and foliage.
Day 6 - Bedri Rahmi Bay, Domuz Island, Aga Limani
Bedri Rahmi Bay is also known by the Lycian name of Taşyaka or ‘Dark bay’, due to its natural beauty and historical significance. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu was an esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting. In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honour of the great master. Bedri Rahmi Bay is well sheltered from strong winds and is, therefore, a good point of anchorage. It is also known for its pine and olive covering the hills behind the oleander flowers, small beaches and turquoise waters, creating an image of fantastic proportions!
Some people name this island as Prince Island. Once upon a time, there were a lot of wild pigs here; therefore the island was named Domuz (Pork) Island. Many yachts can be found anchoring in protected areas of the island.
Near the tip of the Cape of Kurtoğlu in the Gulf of Fethiye, you would be tempted to dock at what consists of the twin bays of Aga Limani. As a Network Port, it allows you to relax, swim, fish, or take a long walk on the beach. The sea is so clean it here and water is cool because of an underwater source close to the beach.
Follow the path to the bay for about an hour to reach the ancient Lycian city of Lyda.
Day 7 - Kumlubuku, Paradise Island
Kumlubuku is a large bay laying one mile north of Kadirga Limani, close to Marmaris. Set in a beautiful landscape, the bay is overlooked by the ruins of the ancient settlement of Amos. There are an acropolis, an amphitheatre, a temple and an altar to Dionysus to explore. It’s quite a hike up to this important historic site but the efforts of those who persist will be rewarded with spectacular views out over the bay. And on the way down, the excellent crepes served by the Hotel Dionysus, located on the bay, will taste all the better. A restaurant with enticing straw huts full of giant cushions sits right on the shore and is a delightful place to lounge for a few hours. The restaurant serves pretty decent Chinese food, which may be of interest if you have overdone it on the meze or had enough grilled meat on your Kumlubuku yacht charter. As the sun sets, the staff from the restaurant light huge torches all down the beach and the jetties are lit up with underwater lights – it’s a spectacular sight. The pristine clear waters of the bay offer good snorkelling.
Paradise Island is actually a peninsula covered with forests. It is located at the entrance of the bay of Marmaris and is especially popular among the places frequented daily boat tours. Almost every boat stops here to allow the tourists to partake of the natural beauty of this place. You need to walk for about 8 km before reaching Liar Strait from where you can walk straight up to Paradise Island. The trail offers a unique opportunity for a nice nature walk. The Liar Strait received its name from the geographical structure of the Bosphorus strait that resembles a liar. This is quite a rocky area but you can avail a Gulet yacht and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Paradise Island. There are many good restaurants and cafes around the island. Paradise Island is also very ideal for swimming. You can spend a full day on the island without getting bored.
Day 8 - Marmaris
We will leave the boat by 10:30 after breakfast.