Picturesque Gocek sits on the lower south-western corner of the Turquoise Coast, between Fethiye and Dalyan in the region of Lycia. Rather than being known as a mainstream holiday destination, Gocek is favoured by sailors and lovers of the glamorous Turkish Riviera scene. A stopping point on many ‘Blue Voyage’ routes, Gocek has moved away from its traditional roots to become a high-class holiday destination for Europe’s elite. With a phenomenal natural environment to explore and glorious sheltered waters to boot, Gocek is one of the Mediterranean’s top spots, and is a must-see destination if you’re sailing Turkey’s coast.
Gocek’s exclusive yacht clubs, stunning harbour and lovely beaches create a quiet and safe haven for those sailing to Gocek. Gocek is the home of six fantastic marinas that attract luxurious yachts and motorboats from all over the coast: Skopea Marina, Marinturk Gocek Village Port, Club Marina, Municipality Marina, Marinturk Gocek and the swanky D-Marin Gocek.
Gocek’s beautiful waterfront is lined with an abundance of great restaurants and bars, and local life revolves around its bustling town square, which is full of vibrant shops selling antiques and crafts.
Gocek Bay is surrounded by pine-covered mountains and is excellent for sailing around. The beautiful Gocek Bay offers 12 stunning islands to explore, with excellent beaches and spots for snorkelling. One of these islands, Tersane Island, features the partially submerged remains of a Byzantine Monastery and ancient boatyard, and there’s also a restaurant on the island where you can grab lunch.
The private beach of the D-Marin Resort Hotel is one of the most lavish along this stretch of coast, but it will cost you either a day fee or a season membership to anchor there. There’s also Inlice beach, located just outside Gocek towards Fethiye, which is a popular beach with visitors during summer. Sarigerme beach is also a lovely spot to relax and, further along the coast, is the famous Iztuzu beach, an extraordinarily beautiful beach that’s world-renowned for being the protected sanctuary home of the amazing Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta-carretta).
Sitting in the Gulf of Fethiye, Gocek is a sailor’s paradise, with sheltered bays, coves and islands perfect for day trips. You’ll be only a short sail from the most incredibly scenic and unspoilt stretches of coast in Turkey, including the gorgeous anchorages of Boynuz Buku, Four Fathom Bay, Ruin Bay, Wall Bay and Tomb Bay.
Gocek is situated on the Dalaman-Fethiye highway, just a 20-minute drive over the mountains from Dalaman airport, where most European carriers frequently fly. Buses run hourly from Dalaman airport, and from Marmaris to Gocek to Fethiye, and they also operate from other European and Turkish cities, such as Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.
Known for its exclusivity as a destination for luxury yachts, many people treat Gocek as a place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the Turkish coastline away from the busy crowds. With its sheltered waters and beautiful harbour and marina, Gocek is a fantastic destination to stop in when sailing Turkey. So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring rental boats in Gocek now!