Chartering a yacht in Bodrum Peninsula and Gökova Bay / Turkey
International flair, restaurants, hotels and world class entertainment have made Bodrum the favorite destination of the jet set. The best thing about the city is that it has something for everyone, making Bodrum (called Halicarnassus in ancient times) an extremely popular resort. The adjacent coastlines are divided into peninsulas, capes and bays and offer the perfect backdrop for sunbathing and relaxing.
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- Yalikavak (Palmarina)
- Turgutreis (D-Marin)
- Bodrum (Milta Marina)
- Bodrum (city harbor)
- Karacasögut (jetty)
This is where Alexander the Great won over the Persians, and Cleopatra and Mark Antony chose to honeymoon. It’s a place that’s full of history, wonderful scenery and crystal clear waters.
The landmark of the city is the mighty crusader castle of St. Peter. Bodrum is particularly well known for its nightlife and is known as the St. Tropez of Turkey. Not surprising then that many citizens of Istanbul have a holiday home here.
At first glance it seems as though Bodrum is just full of restaurants, bars, gold dealers and carpet shops. You have to venture quite far into the side streets to find residential houses and local people going about their daily lives. The old Bodrum houses are exquisite – made of solid natural stone and boasting beautiful garden walls with blooming oleander and bougainvillea.
Here you will find one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The mausoleum tomb of the Persian King, Mausolo, lies in the castle. You will also see parts of the old city walls and an ancient theatre.
One of the most beautiful regions in the area is the bay of Gokova, in the Gulf of Keramos. The entire area of the Gulf of Gokova is now a nature reserve and home to squid, dolphins and the rare sweetgum tree. Although the bank on the north is rather sparse, look eastwards and you’ll find a breathtakingly lush, 900 metre high expanse.
The southern part of the gulf is very varied, with pine and oak forests lining the blue shores, studded with incense trees, junipers, cypresses and many Mediterranean herbs.
In between you’ll find small fishing villages with well stocked shops for supplies that are perfect for short breaks and a good choice of taverns. The bays offer plenty of moorings with small bay pubs, where you can moor free and usually get access to fresh water.
The taverns offer simple but delicious starters, fish and meat dishes, often served with freshly baked bread from the oven. Most bay pubs have no direct road access and rely on donkeys or boats to deliver produce. This explains the often slightly elevated prices.
The west of the Bodrum Peninsula is bare and overbuilt. Much better is the romantic natural harbor of Gumusluk in the ancient area of Myndos. The fish restaurants have an excellent reputation here. The Greek islands of Leros, Pserimos, Kalymnos and Kos are all nearby.
Picturesque and protected bays are located on the north coast, from Yalikavak to Gulluk. Asin Limani (Kurin) – Ancient Iassos – Ilica Bükü, Golturkbuku and Gundogan are all worth seeing, as is the ancient site of Didyma.
Wind & Weather: In the Gulf of Gökova on the north coast from west to west-northwest during the afternoon, south west, then from the West up to 5 Bft in summer. During the
day they cross the Gulf. Storms from southeasterly direction sometimes occur in spring and autumn.
Best Sailing time: May-October
Difficulty: Moderate. Take caution on the north side, as there are many squalls with winds from the north.
Navigation: pilotage with maps and compass are sufficient, because the charts are very accurate and up-dated.
Ports and anchorages: Three large modern marinas with water, electricity, Wi-Fi, showers & toilets, a supermarket, restaurants, bars and rows of shops are located on the peninsula. On the western coast there is the Marina D-Marin Turgutreis Marina and Port Bodrum Yalikavak in the north, both of which offer a good starting point for a trip to the Dodecanese.
Çökertme – A good berth only half a day from Bodrum can be found in the north of the gulf, the sheltered bay open to the south, where even more the preferred places are, for example, the lagoon behind the Seven Islands or English Harbour. The highlight here is Sehir Adasi or Cleopatra beach which, according to legend, was where the Egyptian queen and Mark Antony spent their honeymoon.
Karacasögüt – surrounded by dense pine trees, you’ll find a good place to drop anchor in Karaca Limani. Food and water supplies can be found in the Marti Marina Beach Club in Karacasögüt. Avoid Kucuk Cati in heavy seas and instead choose Büyük Cati, a quiet, picturesque place that unfortunately doesn’t have any food or services. Both bays are sandy and easy to anchor.
Mersincik – The last point on the coast of the Datca Peninsula is the fantastic.
Regulations and authorities: To enter you’ll need a valid passport or identity card. There are harsh sentences for drug offenses and the acquisition, possession and exportation of “cultural and natural heritage”. An official sailing license for yachts with coastal navigation is also necessary. In order to sail along the Turkish coast every charter yacht will require a Transit Log which will be paid for and handed over during takeover. Travellers from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus (Greek part), Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom can obtain a visa on-line.
Getting there: The international Turkish airports of Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir are served by various charter operators as well as schedules airlines from most major European cities. Turkish Airlines fly from all major destinations via Istanbul.
Not to be missed: Crusader castle of St. Peter and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Marinas – ports in Turkey
- Cesme / Alacati Marina
- Gocek, Izmir / Teos
- Kalkan, Karaca Sögüt
- Turgutreis / Bodrum Peninsula
- Yalikavak / Bodrum Peninsula