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Turkey

Goçek Bays & Islands, Turkey

Around the bay of Goçek, in the Gulf of Fethiye, small islands, many of which are uninhabited, lie strewn across jewel-coloured waters of many shades of blue and green.

On the shores of the bay, the pretty village of Goçek, from where we set sail, is surrounded by the wooded Taurus Mountains and forms a natural harbour at the head of the Gulf.

Considered one of the best sailing destinations in Turkey, with smooth, calm protected bays and harbours, warm waters and playful afternoon breezes, Goçek has developed as a yachting centre with a consequent cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Within the town, where all development is carefully controlled and thus avoids mass tourism, a strong Turkish identity is also much in evidence as seen in its restaurants’ authentic cuisine, with European dishes if you prefer, and individual boutiques selling indigenous crafts and artefacts.

TurkeyGoçek’s chic, laid-back charm sets the mood for easy living as we head off from Skopea Marina at our own leisurely pace to sail round the islands, with their vestiges of ancient civilisations, and the heady meditative quality of being surrounded by nature.

We eat and drink well among friends, with fresh food prepared on board and wine flowing, and moor at spots where water activities can be enjoyed, anchoring overnight in sheltered bays.

Want to stop at a particular spot to snorkel? Wind conditions being right, the captain will oblige. Stretch out on deck, breathe deep, read, sunbathe, listen to your own music and enjoy a sense of solitude, but have a camera at the ready to capture many memorable moments.

Spectacular bays and high pine clad cliffs inspire, while the waters which form part of Turkey’s famed Turquoise Coast, stretching 560km from Kusadasi in the north to Antalya in the south, are truly mesmerising in colour and clarity.

The many islands around the Gulf include the Yassica Islands, so small they have no names, and the Tersane Islands, here Tasyaka Bay is also known as Bedri Rahmi Bay in honour of a famous Turkish artist who visited with friends and whose art can be seen on a rock at the bay’s entrance. 

Among many other possible stop off points are Göbün Bay, with rock cut tombs and ruins; Sarsala Bay, ideal for swimming with a long stony beach and inland wooded valley and Lycian ruins; Yavasu and Kuyucak Bays for excellent underwater viewing, and Boynuz Bükü Bay with its many varieties of plants, birds and wildlife.

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