When is the best time for a yacht charter in Turkey?
In the Mediterranean, spring and autumn are the best seasons for sailing. During the high season in July and August, prices are higher and so are the temperatures. If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy pleasant temperatures, we recommend travelling to Turkey in October or April. The only disadvantage is that many shops are often closed during these months. Therefore, May, June and September are probably the best months to rent a yacht in Turkey! In fact, you will have more pleasant temperatures, fewer people and the shops are open! The long summers and reliable winds make for unforgettable sailing in Turkey.
In May, the great Aksu-Giresun Festival takes place, which is composed of several Turkish traditions. One of the rituals is to sail a boat around the island of Giresun to celebrate fertility. Turkish dances are performed, Turkish music is played and there are numerous shows that attract and fascinate countless tourists every year.
June also sees the cherry season and the famous Kiraz Festivali in Tekirdag on the Sea of Marmara.
From where you can start your sailing trip
First of all, the Turkish coast stretches over 8000 km, offering navigators a variety of possible routes. In the bays of the sometimes very steep coastline, you will find beautiful anchorages that protect you from the wind (Meltem) and at the same time invite you to swim in their turquoise waters. With 13 different bases, you can sail in the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean or the Icarian Sea! Depending on which city is best for you to reach or which you like best, you can charter from Istanbul, Bodrum, or Antalya, for example. If you can't decide, we will be happy to advise you!
The Aegean coast:
In the Gulf of Fethiye, the bays are very sheltered, so you can avoid the strong storms from the north. During your yacht charter in Turkey, be amazed by beautiful lagoons, white sandy beaches, unspoilt islands, and incredible nature. Those who appreciate culture, extraordinary experiences, flora and fauna, and relaxation have found their ideal destination in the province of Mugla. Fethiye is a beautiful coastal town with 70,000 inhabitants, popular with water sports enthusiasts and history buffs. Walk through the historical ruins and discover the local cultural heritage. Visit the ghost town of Kayaköy, head to Istuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, and visit the archaeological site of Caunos. Go to the town's typical bazaar and enjoy the smell of spices and local specialities. From Fethiye you can reach the country's main cities by bus around the clock (including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya). Dalaman International Airport is only 45 minutes away.
Sailing the Lycian Coast:
The Lycian Coast is located in south-western Turkey and stretches from Antalya to Kas. Before setting off for Adrasan Bay, sail to the impressive Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, near Antalya, and admire the beautiful natural spectacle. As you sail leisurely along the coast, you can soak up the pleasant Mediterranean sun and jump into the turquoise waters from time to time. Set course for Adrasan Bay, located at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, and enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the bay. Be sure to take a trip to Myra and visit its famous rock tombs, from which you have a beautiful view of the sea. Visit the nearby town of Demré and its Byzantine church of St Nicolas. For anchoring, we recommend Gökaya Creek or Kekova Bay. A sailing yacht charter in Turkey gives you access to deserted beaches and bays that can't be reached by car, giving you the chance to explore this beautiful country from a different perspective!
How to get to Turkey
Want to charter a yacht in Turkey but haven't figured out how to get there yet? Plane is definitely the quickest and most convenient way, as the country is home to many international airports
.Istanbul Ataturk Airport is undoubtedly the most important Turkish airport. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is known for the many low-cost airlines that fly to it daily. The cities of Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir and Dalaman (near Göcek and Marmaris) also have their own airports.If your base is a little further away from the listed, international airports, you can reach it with the help of a domestic flight, by making a stopover in Istanbul.
Take the local bus or a taxi to reach your boat and start your holiday.
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