Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, which stretches around Turkey’s Mediterranean south-west corner, is home to the world famous Blue Cruise. Since antiquity, the locals have used schooners and gulets to travel up and down the Turquoise Coast – fising or carrying freight – following the coast or striking out into the Mediteranean to visit the rich islands that dot the sea between Turkey and Greece and beyond into the Aegean Sea. More recently, these boats and their owners have found a new use – to ferry tourists around this historically rich, culturally fascinating area.
Turkish tourism has taken a bit of a hit in recent years. The heady heights of 2014, when over 42 million foreign vsistors came to its shores, seems to be within reach again in 2018 as specialist holidays – from golf holidays to Gulet Charter, to Halal Holidays attract new and old visitors alike.
The excellent Ministry of Tourism in Turkey has been behind a lot of the development of the country’s resources – promoting and protecting its natural and cultural treasures in equal measure – and the Turquoise coast has been central to its efforts.
Ports for Gulet Cruises round the Turquoise Coast
The main airports to fly into with easy access to the Turkish harbours of Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris and Gocek are Bodrum and Dalaman. If you want to put in some nautical miles you could also consider flying to Antalya at the eastern end of the region, but you would do best to stay central to the coast
Bodrum is the most westerly harbour. The mix of ancient and modern come together around its natural harbour with the old castle keeping watch over visitors and locals alike.
From here, head east towards Marmaris along the Fortress Coast – considered to be one of the best cruising areas in the world, not just the Mediteranean – with crystal clear waters, secluded inlets and fabulous history.
Marmaris has been transformed by the tourist industry into a lively spot where you can let your hair down – its full of hustle and bustle and is a complete contrast to the peace and tranquility of any night spent gazing at the stars on the deck of your own Gulet and the perfect example of the difference in pace available in this fascinating country.
Head further eastwards to the Gulf of Fethiye and the region known as Lycia where coastal villages and harbours act as the gateway to the ancient world’s most fascinating treasures – ancient cities, tombs, amphitheatres dot the countryside and tempt even the most avid of sailors off of their boats and onto dry land, if ony for a short visit!
The two ports in the Gulf are Gocek and Fethiye itself. A yachting haven you could almost spend a week here just pottering along the coastline out around the small islands that dot the area, or heading up into the hills and into the rich Turkish countryside.
Some Turkish Phrases
Hello – Merhaba! MARE-HA-BA
Good-bye (if you are leaving) – Hoşçakal! HOSH-CHA-KAL
Good-bye (if you are staying) – Güle güle! GUU-LEH GUU-LEH
Please – Lütfen. LUT-FEN
Yes – Evet.EV-ET
No – Hayır.HI-EAR
Thank you – Teşekkür ederim. TE-SH-QU-ERR ED-ERR-IM
You’re welcome – Birşey değil. BEER-SHEY DEY-EEL
I don’t know – Bilmiyorum. BILL-ME-YOR-UM
Okay – Tamam TAM-AM
How are you? – Nasılsın? NA-SEL-SIN
I am fine, and you? – İyiyim, sen nasılsın? EE-IM, SEN NA-SEL-SIN
Do you speak English? – İngilizce konuşur musunuz?
INN-GLIZ-JE CON-NUSH-OR MUS-UN-UZ
I don’t speak Turkish – Türkçe bilmiyorum! – TURK-JEH BILL-MI-YOR-UM
I don’t understand – Sizi anlamıyorum.SI-ZI ANN-LA-MA-YOR-UM
Pleased to meet you – Tanıştığımıza sevindim./Memnum oldum TAN-ISH-TI-IM-IZA SEV-IN-DIM/ MEM-NUM-OLL-DUM
Where is the toilet? – Afedersiniz, tuvalet nerede?AFF-ED-DER-SIN-IZ TOO-WA-LET NER-REY-DE
How much does it cost? – Ne kadar?NAY KAD-AR
I am sorry – Özür dilerim.OUZ-UR DILL-EAR-IM
Excuse me – Afedersiniz.AFF-ED-DAR-SAN-IZ
Your yacht is sinking – yatın batıyor YATAM BATAYOR