Charter a yacht to explore turquoise waters, pine-lined coasts and soft sandy beaches
Charter a luxury yacht in Turkey for a stunning sun-drenched adventure in pristine azure waters. With 300 days of sunshine a year, the sailing season in Turkey is longer than in other parts of the Mediterranean. From April through to October you can charter a yacht from a choice of beautiful coastal locations and enjoy immaculate weather and steady breezes. Discover hidden bays, crystal clear coves, ancient ruins, fabulous cuisine and bustling bazaars, mooring up in award-winning marinas or picturesque anchorages.
Whether you’re a keen sailor looking for a bareboat experience, or more of a sun-seeker who prefers a crew to do the hard work, you’ll find your ideal charter yacht in Turkey. Here, the Mediterranean climate means average temperatures of 33 degrees in the height of summer with warm nights. The famous Meltemi winds blow from mid-June to September, bringing westerly breezes which pick up in the afternoon. Usually, you can expect wind speeds between 5 – 12 knots, but occasionally they can gust up to 20 – 24 knots, so keep an eye on the forecast. These winds die down in October when the air cools, making late summer a peaceful time of year for a gentle sail.
The lively harbour town of Bodrum is known for two things: parties and boats. Flying in to Bodrum airport, you’re just a short hop by road to Bodrum’s many marinas and your luxury charter yacht. Stock up in the shops and markets of the bustling town and enjoy the famous nightlife if that’s your thing. Admire the imposing medieval castle which guards the entrance to large blue harbour and set sail to the east for fine sandy beaches, hidden bays and many miles of pretty coastal villages along the pine-lined shore. With the Greek Dodecanese islands to the south, this beautiful area is easy to navigate. It’s also well equipped with waterfront restaurants with easily accessible docks and small coves for jumping into the warm clear sea, snorkelling or paddle boarding. You’ll find charming traditional local villages all along the Bodrum peninsula, and we recommend visiting the peaceful village of Gümüşlük, which was built on the ruins of an ancient city.
Just east of Bodrum you’ll find the entrance to the wild and wonderful Hisarönü Gulf. This natural wonderland is filled with protected coves, ancient settlements and hidden beaches only accessible by water. Board your charter yacht or stop to restock at Orhaniye’s modern Marty Marina which offers everything you could need, from shops to restaurants, a beach and even a luxury spa. The atmosphere of the gulf is refreshingly peaceful after the bustle of Bodrum, so choose your anchorage in a sandy bay for a snorkel or moor up on a pontoon and spend a few hours soaking up the sun. There’s nothing like a dip in the glass-clear sea after an energetic hike through the fragrant pine forests, perhaps followed by a traditional Turkish tea, fresh pomegranate juice or something stronger at sunset in a small waterfront village.
Whether you’re here for one of the town’s famous open air parties or the serene, olive-lined hills and pretty bays, Marmaris has something for every Turkish yacht charter holiday. The harbour at Marmaris is as calm as a lake, making it easy for manoeuvring your charter yacht as you sail in and out to explore the surrounding area. Spot sea turtles and dolphins in the nearby Dalyan Delta, head beneath the surface for a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling and come up for air and a stroll along the prom in the evening. By night, choose from a wide range of eateries… why not tuck into a delicious Turkish feast of freshly caught fish, sizzling meat koftas, local olives and hummus? Summer temperatures are higher here than further west and can reach 27 degrees at night, which makes air-conditioning in your charter yacht a delight if you have it. Easily accessible from Dalaman airport, Marmaris is the point where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet, so once aboard head in whichever direction you choose for steady winds, scenic swims and rich Turkish charm.
Sailing your charter yacht through the Gulf of Göcek, you will quickly see why the south-western edge of Turkey has the nickname ‘the Turquoise Coast’. Sprinkled with tiny islands and sandy coves, this pristine area is a nature-lover’s dream. Here you can meander through the waterways, anchor by a deserted island for the night, or take a longline to the shore and wake up in your own slice of gloriously wild paradise. The town of Göcek offers a sheltered bay and a large, lively marina, well equipped for anything you might need. Moor up along an island jetty and discover ancient shipyards and byzantine ruins, or simply relax on deck and enjoy the view as you explore this haven of turquoise tranquillity.
The natural harbour of Fethiye is home to a leafy, family friendly port town with fantastic restaurants and glorious sandy beaches. Famous for the 4th century Lycian rock tombs which grace the cliff face, this atmospheric spot offers a lively bazaar where you can buy your fill of baklava, traditional Turkish flatbread, fruit, spices or even carpets. The shaded old town is also superb for finding souvenirs or pausing in a taverna for a Turkish coffee. Sail in on the gentle breeze and relax into the slower pace of life in this remote Turkish idyll, with plenty to explore by sea nearby. Be sure to take your charter yacht to the waterfalls and sandy coast of Butterfly Bay nature reserve and snorkel in the jaw-dropping blue lagoon at Oludeniz. The breeze here is usually a gentle 15 knots, making it ideal for new sailors, families or those looking for an easy trip with plenty of swimming and water sports. East along the coast from Fethiye, the larger ports of Antalya and Kas are reachable by sea for more experienced sailors. Offering hotter weather and stronger gusts, this part of the Mediterranean coast provides a more rugged challenge which keener sailors will relish.