Kekova Sunken City and Island, Demre

Discovering Turkey’s best sailing area

Surrounded by the Sea of Marmara to the west, the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean to the south and the Aegean to the west, Turkey is blessed with more than 8,000 kilometres of coastline. This means an endless array of choice when it comes to sailing adventures and the routes available to you. But if you’re short on time and want to experience the best sailing area Turkey has to offer, then read on.

Combing UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins, lively beach resort towns and a spectacular natural beauty, the journey from Fethiye to Antalya is one of the best cruise routes in Turkey. This eight-day itinerary takes you to the charismatic town of Kas, which is renowned for its whitewashed streets and eclectic boutiques, as well as the hometown of St. Nicholas at Demre.

Wander amidst the Hellenistic temples of Olympos and witness its eternal chimaera flames, then experience the surreal, semi-submerged ruins at Kekova Island and Kaleköy Castle on the nearby island of Simena. Venture to the sheltered lagoon of Ölüdeniz Beach and the magnificent Butterfly Valley nature reserve or cruise to explore the idyllic “12 Islands” that scatter Fethiye Bay.

If you’re short on time, you can opt to travel along part of the route, with four-day cabin charters from Kas to Demre or Olympos to Fethiye. This will give you a taste of the region and allow you to combine your gulet cruise with a tour to explore the mesmerising landscapes of Cappadocia or the fascinating city of Istanbul.

Once you’ve cruised along the Turkish Riviera, why not travel to some of Greece’s little-known islands on a cabin charter from the Turkish port of Bozburun. Photograph the neoclassical houses that cling to the hills of Symi or discover the remains of ancient dwarf elephants on the island of Tilos. Then travel on to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval Old Town of Rhodes and its ancient cliff-top acropolis at Lindos.

Modern Turkish gulet yachts provide a comfortable way to sail along the Turkish coast, with accommodation, all-inclusive meals and an experienced captain and crew. You’ll drop anchor each night in hidden coves and secluded bays, with the sound of the waves lapping at your yacht. The itineraries also include plenty of time to go swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, creating a holiday experience like no other.