With this 7-day Turkey sailing route from Marmaris, you will discover why this country is so well-known as a nautical destination. During this trip, the gates of Orient will open so you can contemplate the wonders it shelters on the south coast. Set sails from the city of Marmaris to navigate across a handful of beaches and towns. You will find a vast array of landscapes, colours and flavours. Although it may still seem the Mediterranean, they evoke a feeling that will bring you to a completely different part of the world.
The area of Marmaris is especially rich in history and nature, apart from having a particular position. It si is located in the union between the Aegean and the Mediterranean, and thanks to its strategic location, it has been the home of various civilizations throughout history. The area, which is one of the most famous tourist centres, offers a large number of places to visit.
In the last decades, more and more boaters choose Marmaris as their starting point, and it’s not difficult to wonder why. The multitude of bays along with its coastal strip, its proximity to the ancient cities, its modern ports for yachts and the opportunities that its gulf offers for all types of water sports are some of the reasons why this natural harbour attract so many tourists every summer. What are you waiting for? Discover in detail why this country is so beloved by sailors with our Turkey sailing route!
Climate and Temperatures
Turkey has three main climatic areas that follow different geographical characteristics. Along the Mediterranean coast, the climate has warm summers and mild winters with a similar trend to the coasts of Greece. July and August are the hottest months when temperatures easily reach 34-35 °C and down to Syria they even reach 40 °C. Rainfalls during summer are rare while concentrating, and sometimes abundant, from mid-October to mid-April.
Winds and Sailing Conditions
Turkey has an exceptionally longer sailing season, starting in April and continuing until November. Sailing conditions are characterised by excellent winds of 15-20 knots. The North Winds, otherwise called Meltemi, blow from May to October being at its strongest in July and August. This is a strong and dry wind that starts late in the morning to late afternoon. It is not suggested to sail when it blows at 7-8 or 9 Beaufort.
Sailing in Turkey: Marmaris – Marmaris
Day 1. Marmaris – Ekincik (17 mn)
Your Turkey sailing route starts from the city of Marmaris, in the southwest of Turkey. In this place, shopping lovers can indulge themselves having a stroll in its streets full of stores and flea markets. After the check-in, navigate to Marmaris National Park to take the first bath of this itinerary and later go to Ekincik. It is the perfect place if you want to avoid crowds and only enjoy the sea and wildlife. If you are interested in history, you can visit the ancient ruins of Kaunos, dating back to 400 BC, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In its calm waters, you can drop the anchor to have dinner and then rest in your boat.
Day 2. Ekinchik – Sarigerme (12 nm)
On the second day, sail to Izutzu beach by noon, a 4.5 km long beach near Dalyan. It is often referred to as “Turtle Beach”, as it is one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. Afterwards, visit Sarigerme, a peaceful coastal village with a magnificent beach in which you can moor, eat in one of its traditional restaurants, and walk along its extensive beach. From it, you can contemplate an unforgettable sunset full of reddish tones.
Day 3. Sarigerme – Uzunyurt (24 mn)
During this day navigate to Uzunyurt, a spot that is a few miles to the south of Fethiye that stands out for its peaceful ambience and its natural heritage, for it has outstanding beaches where you can admire another beautiful sunset from the deck of your ship. Come back at night to Uzunyurt to have dinner and rest in your boat.
Day 4. Uzunyurt – Fethiye (19 nm)
Early in the morning visit the bay of Ölüdeniz, whose bay is undoubtedly the most famous in Turkey and one of the most famous around the world. Later, cruise to Fethiye for lunch and spend the whole afternoon exploring one of the most well-known places of interest in the country. In it, the City Museum can be found, as well as the rests of the ancient city of Telmessos. Besides, you can let yourself go by the vast array of colours and flavours that the local market offers.
Day 5. Fethiye – Göcek (10 nm)
In Göcek, you will have a pleasant stroll along the promenade, sit in any of its terraces and satisfy the appetite by eating mezze (starters) accompanied with rakı (traditional grape-based beverage). Göcek is a true pearl of the Mediterranean, situated in a quiet bay surrounded by a pine trees forest. The region is a national natural park and is under state protection. During the afternoon you can explore the coves or, if you feel like it, explore the virgin isle of Göcek Adasi, to then eat and sleep in your boat.
Day 6. Göcek – Yassica Islands – Sarsala Bay (7 nm)
After navigating a few minutes from Göcek, drop the anchor in the Yassica Islands, in which you will enjoy the wonderful beaches of the north that lead to many rocky islets covered by dense vegetation. They constitute a group of five beautiful islands within the Fethiye Gulf. Later, head to the Bay of Sarsala and then set sails to the south, where the ancient Baths of Cleopatra can be found. If you want to have dinner, moor in the dock and stop over one of its restaurants nearby, to top off your day and rest for the way back.
Day 7. Sarsala Bay – Marmaris (41nm)
During your last day of this Turkey sailing route you will contemplate the Turkish coastline from the deck of your boat, so navigate east to eat in Sarigerme, and after having a lovely, quiet afternoon aboard while going back to Marmaris. Upon arrival, if you have not done so the first day, visit this beautiful city.