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    Sailing holidays in Marmaris

    A Guide to setting sail in Marmaris: A vibrant resort on the Turquoise Coast

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Marmaris

    Charter a yacht in Marmaris, a popular seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera and enjoy cruising along the crystal clear waters, making stops to visit some of Turkey’s most impressive historic sites. Enjoy calm and pleasant sailing in this gorgeous meeting point of Europe and Asia.


    • Scenic views of mountains and tree-lined beaches
    • Ancient ruins and historic sites
    • Easy access to Greece
    • Best time to sail
      June – September
    • Currency
      Turkish Lira
    • Boat base locations
      Marmaris – Bodrum – Dalaman – Fethiye
    • Languages spoken
      Turkish, English
    • Closest airports
      Dalaman (DLM)
    • Tips
      Marmaris Water Park, Aegean Islands, Historic Bodrum
    Sail along the Turquoise Coast

    An ideal spot for sailing holidays on the Turkish Riviera, Marmaris offers steady sailing waters and a great coastal location with nearby historical sites, scenic mountain views and vibrant towns and villages. Marmaris is located in a bay between the other popular port towns of Fethiye and Bodrum on the south-western coast of Turky. Sail in the summer for the best weather. You’ll need a visa to enter, but it costs only $20USD and can be bought online or paid for on arrival.

    Dalaman has the nearest airport, an hour and a half away by shuttle or taxi. You can book ahead to ensure smooth passage from the airport to the harbour. Currency is the Turkish Lira, and you’ll find the Netsel and Marinas, as well as several smaller yacht clubs and a range of anchorages offering many choices for setting up base before starting your sailing holiday in Marmaris.


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    View of Marmaris port from a beach
    View of Marmaris

    The resort town of Marmaris is a wonderful mix of modernity and tradition with its chic restaurants, beautiful castle and several nearby historic port side towns such as Fethiye and Ölüdeniz where you'll find the Blue Lagoon to the east. Also visit Bodrum, another sailing hub which makes a great stopping point before exploring the Greek islands such as Kos.

    At Marmaris port, enjoy the delicacies at Nil Balik and Pineapple Restaurant with tasty Turkish seafood. The bar scene is particularly renowned with the neon lights of Apple Bar and Black Mirror enticing visitors to enjoy a drink with the local revellers. The beaches include Paradise Island, which is in fact a peninsula, and you can also take a safari through the mountains and surrounding villages in a Jeep.

    There are also a number of scuba diving centres here including Divers Delight, Aquaholics and Paradise Diving. Enjoy seeing the superb underwater geography of this stunning corner of Turkey. Back ashore, relax at one of the Turkish baths where you can enjoy massages and saunas. Excursions to Fethiye offer the best taste of the area’s extraordinary ancient history with its ancient rock tombs. Take in the sites of Turkey from up high by heading to Mount Babadağ, near Ölüdeniz, where you can also go paragliding.

    The resort town of Marmaris is a wonderful mix of modernity and tradition.

    Visit the bazars around Marmaris

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    Take a trip to Datca Beach

    Marmaris Harbour is a great starting point for sailing in the area, as you’ll be right between two other popular port towns and have the choice of heading in either direction. To the east are the historic towns around Fethiye, with Rhodes to the south and Bodrum towards the west.

    The protected coastal area around Marmaris serves as an excellent place to start exploring the stunning beaches and incredible natural parks that border the Lycian Coast in the province of Muglia. After breaking in popular beaches like Icmeler, make your way west towards the isolated and beautiful bays like Datca.

    The peninsula features many charming villages to visit on your Bodrum boat trip.

    A sailing holiday in Marmaris also gives you easy access to the lovely islands of Greece. Take time to visit the Aegean Islands, including Tilos and Kos, with historical sites and more superb beaches. Stop at Rhodes and see Faliraki, also great for partying, as well as the quiet village of Afandou where you can go golfing. Mandraki is the primary port of entry to Rhodes, and you can also anchor in the bay at Lindos. This is a well protected area largely shielded from the Meltemi winds. Marmaris Harbour also offers anchorage in sand, which can be an option when the buoys become booked up in the high season.

    A sailing holiday in Marmaris also gives you easy access to the lovely island of Greece.

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    Beach on the Turkish Riviera
    gulets in the sea with mountains in the background
    Gulets are the boat of choice in Turkey

    In general, the area enjoys exceptionally steady sailing conditions in the summer with gentle winds and optimum temperatures. Expect air temperatures in the 30s with sea temperatures of 20°C and higher. The Meltemi generally blows from the north-west and reaches its peak in the late afternoon, meaning morning sailing is best. At this time, speeds around 5km per hour are common, with currents of around 1.2 knots and waves up to 1.5 metres at the absolute most, but usually less than a metre and with no significant tides to be concerned about.

    In general, the area enjoys exceptionally steady sailing conditions in the summer with gentle winds and optimum temperatures.

    You’ll generally need to take things slowly on your sailing holiday in Marmaris as you navigate into the bay around the tight passage past the peninsula leading to Marmaris although the surrounding geography makes for very well protected anchorage. If heading to Bodrum, be aware of the Dikilitas Reef that sits about 1 nautical mile to the west, as well as some strong winds at Cape Kum which is near Kos. Remember, you can also book a skippered sailing holiday with Zizoo if you want to relax even more and not steer the boat yourself.

    An ideal spot sailing holidays on the Turkish Riviera, Marmaris offers steady sailing waters and a great coastal location with nearby historical sites, scenic mountain views and vibrant towns and villages.

    gulets and other ships in the port of marmaris, turkey
    Port in Marmaris

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Turkey

    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. 


    • Crystal clear waters and pristine beaches
    • Lively markets and historic villages
    • Ancient ruins and cultural sites

    • Best time to sail
    • Currency
      Turkish Lira
    • Boat base locations
      Istanbul, Bodrum, Dalaman, Göcek
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Bodrum, and Dalaman
    • Tips
      Butterfly valley, bustling capital of Istanbul, snorkelling in Hidayet Bay