Along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and facing the Mediterranean is the port town of Gocek. Nestled in the country’s best area for cruising, a yacht charter in Gocek is within easy reach of other popular destinations such as Bodrum and the Aegean Islands.
Gocek is a small town with a substantial port near other sailing hubs including Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum in Turkey. Gocek is one of the Mediterranean’s top spots, and is a must-see destination if you’re sailing Turkey’s coast. Sailing is best during Turkey’s long summer, when you’ll enjoy calm conditions in steady waters. You’ll need a visitor’s visa, which you can buy online or pay for in cash at the point of entry for $20USD. The currency in Gocek is Turkish Lira
The nearest airport is Dalaman, just half an hour away by shuttle or taxi. The main marina of D-Marin Gocek will likely be your base when mooring in the area. Also nearby is Setur Marmaris Netsel Marina and the major port of Bodrum further up the coast. This also has a lot of historic interest as the former site of the city of Halikarnassus.
Spending your sailing holiday in Gocek and around the Turquoise Coast is particularly appealing for its fine range of fascinating historical stopping points, such as Dalyan and Patara, to admire as you take your boat tour in the region. Gocek, with its location among natural coves, was specifically built up from the 1980s as an ideal sailing town. These are known as Gocek’s Twelve Islands that you can sail around as you admire the pine forests and mountainous surroundings. 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 Central Mosque in town is particularly striking and makes for an interesting visit during your stay. Nearby Ayten Koyu has a great beach, or sail to Marmaris and relax at Paradise Island.
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. A string of brilliant restaurants line the main promenade, including Ozcan and West Café Bistro. Blue Lounge Bar is great for an evening drink, or head to Switch Gocek Sports Bar for a lively night out.
The best diving nearby can be found at Fethiye just across the bay. This is also an excellent place to visit a Turkish bath and unwind during an afternoon ashore. Further along the coast back to the west, Bodrum is one of Turkey’s principal locations for water sports, along with camel riding and gulet rentals. A gulet is a unique type of boat that’s traditional to the area, making for a unique sailing holiday experience.
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.
You could head towards the east and explore Fethiye's historic surroundings and rock tombs. Near here is Ölüdeniz, another cultural port town next to a lush green forest that’s also great for sports like paragliding. You could head south to Rhodes which is very popular for beach holidays and also offers scuba diving and mountain climbing experiences at Mount Attavyros.
The Aegean Islands include Kos and the minor isles such as Ios, Lerus and Nisyrus that make for peaceful touring of this scenic area. You can moor at Kos Harbour and then use this as your next starting point for the surrounding archipelago, or continue exploring the Turkish coast at Bodrum.
With a phenomenal natural environment to explore and glorious sheltered waters to boot, Gocek is one of the Mediterranean’s top spots.
The sailing conditions around Gocek and the surrounding waters are excellent. In the summer months, air temperatures frequently hit the 30s with sea temperatures of 20°C or more. The dominant trade wind, the Meltemi, is usually north-westerly and is strongest in the late afternoon. In the morning, expect wind speeds of about 5km per hour and currents of 1.2 knots. Waves sometimes rise up to about 1.5 metres, although this is quite rare. Tidal shifts are virtually non-existent here.
Gocek’s exclusive yacht clubs, stunning harbour and lovely beaches create a quiet and safe haven for those sailing in 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.
If heading to Marmaris, the tight passage leading up to the port can sometimes be somewhat gusty. It requires careful navigation, but the area is well charted and not too much of a problem for experienced sailors. The Dikilitas Reef to the west of Bodrum and frequent strong winds at Cape Kum around Kos also need to be considered. Otherwise, conditions are exceptionally calm and even beginner sailors should find they have no problem navigating these gorgeous waters. But if you prefer to sit back and relax, you can also book a skippered sailing holiday in Gocek with Zizoo.
Gocek’s exclusive yacht clubs, stunning harbour and lovely beaches create a quiet and safe haven for those sailing to Gocek.
Once you experience a sailing holiday in Turkey on the southwest coast – appropriately nicknamed the ‘Turquoise Coast’ – you’ll develop a lifelong passion for this special place. Discover the incomparable beauty of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas on your Turkey yacht charter as you sail past the country's stunning coast where remains of ancient civilizations testify the country's importance as the meeting point between east and west.