Göcek Bay is one of the best places to sail in Turkey, chosen by Turkish sailors as well as by people of other nationalities. This 7-day sailing itinerary for Göcek will help you discover this area of southern Anatolia Peninsula. You can enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean landscape, a pleasant weather and crystal clear water in which to swim or snorkel.
The best months to sail Göcek are between May and October, when the Mediterranean weather offers the best conditions. The beaches in this part of southern Turkey are quite busy in July and August, so if you seek peace and quiet, it is best to take advantage of the months of May, June, September and October. Navigation on this sailing itinerary for Göcek is quite safe, but you must be careful in the area of the Yassica islands with the ruins of some houses under the surface that could damage your boat.
Wind and weather The Meltemi wind, the typical one of this part of the Mediterranean, blows from May to October and it is particularly strong in July and August. It is a wind that blows from the east in this part of southern Turkey, and it is less intense as sailing eastward. Temperatures are warm in summer and mild in winter, and rain is practically nonexistent in summer, so sailing is pleasant and swimming in the turquoise waters is delightful.
Itinerary: Göcek (7 days, 47NM)
Day 1. Göcek – Tomb Bay (7NM)
On this sailing itinerary for Göcek we suggest you route of just a few nautical miles to enjoy relaxation in the beautiful waters of the Turquoise Coast. The first day of sailing we will start from Göcek and we will sail south to admire the remains of the ancient region of Lycia. We will finish the day at Tomb Bay, known for being a place of pilgrimage for the Turkish painter and poet Bedri Rahmi.
Day 2. Tomb Bay – Sarsala – Fathom Bay (6NM)
The second day we will sail to Fathom Bay. On our way we can admire Sarsala Bay and swim between the half submerged ruins of the ancient baths of Cleopatra. We will end in Fathom Bay, a place where there is no light pollution and at night we can see thousands of stars in the sky.
Day 3. Fathom Bay – Kapi Creek (3NM or more)
This third day of sailing we will sail at our leisure to enjoy the Mediterranean landscape and snorkeling around Kapi Creek.
Day 4. Kapi Creek – Tersane Adasi (7NM)
We will head to Tersane Adasi, the largest of the seven islands of the bay of Göcek. We can admire the cavities in the rocks and the turquoise waters.
Day 5. Tersane Adasi – Fethiye (10NM)
We will sail to Fethiye, one of the major maritime cities in this part of Turkey. There we can see the remains of the ancient city of Telmessos, more than two thousand years old.
Day 6. Fethiye – Yassica Islands (11NM)
We will leave Fethiye and sail to the Yassica islands, close to Göcek. You can enjoy its pristine beaches on the north side. You have to navigate with caution in this area because you could scrape against some of the submerged rests of ancient dwellings in these islands.
Day 7. Yassica Islands – Göcek (3NM)
We will end our sailing itinerary for Göcek returning to the departing port. There you can saunter and enjoy the cuisine of the region (mezedes or mezze, which we mentioned in this post, are typical of Eastern Europe and highly recommended).
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