Turkey holds all the mysteries of the exotic orient as well as bordering the lovely Mediterranean Sea. Its coastline is well suited for sailing and stretches for many kilometers (up to 8300) with the many coves, bays and remote sandy beaches. The most famous part is the Turkish Riviera between Cesme and Antalya.
The land covered by Turkey is called the Anatolian peninsula and it’s the gateway between Europe and Asia. Yacht charter Turkey has coastline in the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Aegean, but the most developed for tourism and the most famous are the Mediterranean
Many of you have probably already been to Turkey on an all-included holiday in some luxurious hotel, but how many of you have actually experience the true Turkish coast
? And there is plenty to see, as there are many medieval harbor towns, reminiscent of the once mighty Ottoman empire, crowded bazaars and laid back small fishing villages where time seem to have stood still.
If you decide on a Turkey yacht charter holiday, you’ll be amazed at how untouched by man the local landscape is, which is why it was used as setting in many Hollywood productions. It’s the perfect place to get away from the stress of modern life, lose yourself in wilderness and reconnect with nature.
The cuisine in Turkey is typically oriental, heavy on flavored spices. From the smallest street stall to the fanciest restaurants you can enjoy some of the local recipes like the now famous doner kebab or the rice pilaf. A mixture of cultures and tastes, it’s hard not to find something to like in the Turkish cuisine.
The weather is also one of the strong points of a Turkish yacht charter holiday. It’s almost always sunny and hot on the Turkish Riviera and the warm waters together with the sandy beaches make it a great destination for family outings.
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The Turkish yachting industry has made some significant improvements in later years. Yacht building in particular and marina building have made spectacular improvements. Where once Turkey was just another country in the Mediterranean when it came to the yachting infrastructure, now, thanks to the combined effort of the local government and foreign investor, yacht charter Turkey
has become one of the key players in this art of the Mediterranean.
In the last years new and modern marinas have been built in cities such as Bodrum
, Gocek, Marmaris
and Cesme, increasing the total berth numbers for the Eastern Aegean. Yacht charter operators in Turkey are offering competing rates in an effort to become the leading country in pleasure cruising tourism.
The only thing you need to know about sailing in Turkey is that you need to have a Transit Log which contains information about the boat and the crew chartering the yacht. This Transit Log is valid for one year but it becomes void if you leave Turkish waters.
As always, you’ll need to provide proof of your sailing experience before chartering a yacht, otherwise you should opt for a crewed charter which includes a local skipper for a fee. Apart from being able to fully relax from any responsibility, the local skipper will more than likely know all the good spots to take you sailing.