Regarded as the place where the mythical Ikarus landed in the sea, Gocek is one of those areas you have to see to believe. The scenery here is simply breathtaking, which would explain why this town, together with nearby Fethiye, is the most famous yacht charter Turkey region.
A famous area in Southern Turkey, Gocek is believed to be the place where Ikarus landed in the sea after his mythical flight. But aside from all the legends, Gocek is one of the most beautiful and most famous yachting centers in Turkey.
Testament to that are the 4 marinas: Club Marina, Skopea Marina, Municipality Marina and Port Gocek Marina, with a 5th being in construction. This is due to the position of the city within a protected bay, surrounded by fertile hills on 3 sides on the hinterland. Together with the nearby town of Fethiye, this region makes up the main center in Turkey.
Travel & Arrival
For flight purposes, the closest airport is the one in Dalaman, which can be reached via the D400 national road. The trip is roughly 30km which translates in about a half an hour drive back to the town center. There are also shuttle services that travel to Gocek and Fethiye, dropping off arrivals at the junction in the center of the town.
As previously mentioned, the D400 is the main road linking the city with the rest of Turkey, as well as other resorts along the coast such as Dalaman, Gokova, Marmaris or Fethiye. If your group is arriving here by car, a good idea would be to leave it at the car-park at the entrance of the town, since everything in Gocek is within walking distance.
By water, there are no ferries or cruise boats that stop in Gocek. The only way to get here in a boat is to charter one.
Avant & Apres Sail
Just like Marmaris or Fethiye, the town of Gocek has a long history and relics, like the rock tombs dating back 2000 years to the Lycian civilization. Other than that, there is little to be seen around the center, but there is always the Bay that can be explored, always an attraction for tourists.
The relative small size of the settlement makes it so that all shops are lined together on one street crossing the city. Here, you’ll find 3 supermarkets, gift shops, clothes boutiques and yachting equipment suppliers, perfect for those skippers looking to resupply.
The dining here is varied and quite eclectic, ranging from international to seafood specialties. There are also pastry shops, and Turkish specialties restaurants, as well as the ubiquitous fast food joints that serve kebabs or pitas. The waterfront is a good place to start looking for a place to eat. Many groups end up at any of the bars and cafes around the marinas.
The relative small size of the city makes it difficult to find quality nighttime entertainment, but for that, you can go to neighboring Dalaman or Fethiye. In Gocek, you’ll have to limit yourself to a couple of live music venues or a quiet drink at some of the cafes or the occasional wine bar.
Events & Actions
Such a prestigious center for yachting had to have its own regatta and the International Gocek Regatta does just that, year after year, at the end of May, bringing the who’s who of the sailing world. For the rest of the year, the main activities for public remain sailing, swimming and exploring the many coves of the bay, either on your own or in organized groups.