Sailing to the yachting heart of Gocek, cruise from Bodrum across the stunning Gulf of Gokova to take in some idyllic spots on the Datca peninsula first. Then head further south to explore the Gulf of Hisaronu with its myriad secluded bays and coves, crystal clear turquoise waters, rich ancient history and outstanding natural beauty.
01Begin in the buzzing and eclectic marina town of Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, great for shopping and dining before cruising to the Datca peninsula. Here explore Knidos at sunset, an ancient harbour city with a truly unique ambience positioned between 2 protected bays, one facing the Aegean and the other the Mediterranean Sea.
02Cruise to Dislici Island or Bencik Bay, favourite spots for swimming. Sail through stunning pine fringed bays and between the islands to the charming village of Selimiye, well known for its beautiful almond orchards, and more recently for a few great waterfront restaurants and irresistible boutiques.
03Beautiful little outlets and coves in between Catal Islands here provide lovely private spots to anchor for swimming and relaxing on board. Explore the caves, ancient citadel and cisterns at Loryma. Then hike at Kufre to discover its hidden houses in the pine forest.
The 9th century Carian site at Dalyan features some truly breathtaking rock-cut temple tombs situated high over the river Kalbys, and viewed from a river boat cruise through the high reeds and swampy landscape. This network of rivers meets the sea at the ancient Kaunos Bay, a pristine sandy beach known as a natural sanctuary for Caretta Caretta, giant loggerhead turtles.
The twin coves at Aga Liman on the Cape of Kurtoglu are perfect for dropping anchor to swim, try fishing or taking a hike inland. Follow the path behind the cove for an hour’s walk to reach the ancient Lycean city of Lydae. Continue onto Batik Hamam for some fantastic snorkelling amongst the ancient underwater baths.
Cruise to Bedri Rahmi cove – one of the most important inlets in the region. Turkish painter and poet, Bedri Rahmi Eyupoglu was the one of the pioneers of the Blue Voyage. When anchored here in 1973 he painted the mural of a fish on the rock here, thereby becoming the namesake of the bay. Cruise on to the Yassica islets for some of the best swimming spots imaginable.
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