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19th May 2018


A Charter Cruise in Turkey 2018:

Sailing around the Fathiye gulf from Göcek…

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Arrival in Göcek

We arrived at Club Marina, Göcek late Saturday afternoon after a short drive of 20 minutes from Dalaman airport, we were greeted by Tracy the base manager for GMM Yachting, she informed us to board our Charter boat and relax and then take a walk in to Göcek town for dinner and we could complete the check-in with us in the morning. We made a short walk around Göcek to unwind after our travels and explored this idyllic town.

Sunday morning, we completed the boat inspection and checked in, made our plans to set a course for Tomb bay (South west of the Göcek), where we would stay the night. Leaving the marina and motoring out into the Fathiye Gulf was easy and gave us as an opportunity to see the sights around the bay and wow at the number of big yacht and motor boats moored and at anchor. We headed south looking for the afternoon thermal winds, so we could try out the sails. It did not take long, at two O’clock the wind arrived gusting from 10 to 15knots so after putting “Hello Dolly” our Jeanneau 409 through its paces was headed to Tomb bay with a 20kn wind on our nose. Tomb bay was peaceful with only a few boats moored to the pier and a few more dotted around the bay. It was easy to see the ancient tombs on the hills overlooking the bay, but we did not take the opportunity to climb up and make a visit.

Monday morning was slow, but after a swim and breakfast we choose to sail across the gulf to Cold Water Bay, a stunning bay with fresh water springs that push cool, refreshing water up through the rocky seabed. On route, we passed Gemiler adasi, an ancient sunken town dating back to the Byzantine era. The restaurant was disappointing but entertaining and the visiting tour boats that arrived in the afternoon playing very load music, but offered more entertainment when the young local boys dived off the high rocks above the deeper water in the bay.

Tuesday morning before it got to hot we took the short walk up hill behind Cold Water Bay to see Kaya Köy, an abandoned Greek village, it was a great walk with views down in to the bay, though the village itself was disappointing. We needed to restock our supplies, so made a course for marina at Fethiye town, but not before we cruised along the coast to natural bay at Kaya Köy and famous white sandy beach, then further down the coast to Butterfly valley, where we anchored for lunch.  Fethiye is a typical Turkish tourist town with all the trappings you need on holiday, a great market and many restaurants etc.

Wednesday, we wanted to visit Wall bay, so ashorter sail from Fethiye brought us to the beautiful bay with contemporise restaurant with sandy beach, art centre and library. Only a fifteen-minute walk around the bay we found the Lycian tombs and old windmill. We were all impressed with the modern experience with an environmental protection theme here, its comes highly recommended.  

Thursday was our last and night out of our home marina, so we wanted to find a special place to visit, we were told about a great stop over at Boynuz Bükü that had an amazing water front restaurant, so our course was set. After another great sail in the afternoon thermal winds we arrived and it did not disappoint. We enjoyed a swim in the glistening turquoise water, had dinner on the lawn of the restaurant and watched the sunset.

Friday, we returned to the charter base in the afternoon and prepared for one last evening in the charming town of Göcek, but not before we had our last sail around the gulf in perfect wind conditions. We dined at the sea food restaurant in D-Marina, they had a perfect view of the gulf, it was a little expensive, but „ho hum“, it was our last night in Turkey and we needed to spend our local currency.

Love Turkey, can’t wait to return.

Frank & Alexa