Updated: Jan 14
Where do we even start? We can't think of a better way to get the most of your holiday in Turkey than chartering a yacht there. There is so much to see and do, and it can be very tricky to pack it all in if you are not in a position to move freely and explore at your own leisure.
Turkey finds itself at the crossroads of ancient civilisations and modern life. It is a modern country with second to none nautical infrastructure, crystal clear turquoise sea, rich historical heritage and scenery to die for.
If you have a strong sense of fun and adventure, here are some of the things we would recommend you do while sailing in Turkey.
Swimming and snorkeling
What else would come to mind if the hardest decision you will have to make is which cove to anchor in?
Once you have chosen your cove and dropped the anchor, pop your snorkel and flippers on and dive in. The sea is clean and clear and rich in underwater life for you to see and enjoy. When you are done swimming and snorkeling, your yacht is well equipped with all kinds of other toys for splashing around.
A trip to Turkey simply can not go without shopping in traditional bazaars. You can buy pretty much anything there - from high quality hand woven rugs, leather goods, spices, jewelry, copper, ceramic and glassware to not so high quality knock off designer goods and much more. However, the fun of the bazaars is in the haggle, which is an art form in itself. Turkish expect you to haggle with them so make sure to try it out.
Despite your best efforts at haggling, you are still likely to pay a bit more than the sellers hoped to sell their wares for. Once you've done your trade, you are likely to be offered a cup of Turkish sweet apple tea which you should gracefully accept as it is offered as a gesture of hospitality and friendship.
Bazaars are dotted along the coastline so don't spend all your money in one place!
Turkey is the place where continents, cultures and historical influences collided and merged many times over. The result is abundance of not only interesting but also valuable world heritage sites.
From the impressive remains of the Ancient City of Telmessos to the extraordinary Dalyan Rock Tombs, there is so much to be discovered when you sail the Turkish Coast.
If you get to Dalyan, take time to check out near by mud baths which claim to have many healing properties and perhaps go on a short river boat cruise to the set of 'African Queen' which is also near by.
Stay up late and enjoy the nightlife
Since Turkey is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans and Asians alike, Turkish hosts have perfected the entertainment for all age groups. Promenades are lined with bustling restaurants, bars and night clubs, all competing for your attention and Liras.
It is up to you what you choose at the end of a busy day but the choice will not disappoint you. If you are sailing with children, Turkish love children and generally go out of their way to keep them happy. Don't be surprised if a friendly restaurant owner offers to play with your children or keep an eye on them so you can have your dinner in peace.
Don't forget to sail!
Well, that's what you are there for! Contact us today and we will help you not only select your yacht but plan your sailing route and stops to best suit your group as well as your expectations.
Have you fallen in love with the idea of sailing holiday in Turkey? Choose from a bareboat, crewed or skippered yacht charter for a sailing holiday, custom made for you. We have hundreds of yachts based in Turkey to choose from and are looking forward to seeing you aboard!
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