The beautiful bay of Orhaniye sits in the Hisaronu Gulf on the Bozburun Peninsula, near Marmaris. Sailing in Orhaniye provides you with the ultimate escape; a peaceful haven tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Turkey’s busier summer sailing destinations, the bay of Orhaniye is the perfect destination to anchor in if you’re looking to completely relax, escape the crowds and enjoy the experience of the real Turkish coast. With excellent local food, beautiful natural scenery and friendly, hospitable people, you won’t want to leave stunning Orhaniye for busier sailing destinations like Marmaris and Bodrum.
Full of unspoilt natural beauty, Orhaniye is situated in an ideal location. Sailing here gives you the opportunity to set up camp in a secluded, safe harbour and explore the rest of this region of coast. The lovely village of Selimiye and the Datca Peninsula are only a short sail from Orhaniye, which puts this beautiful Turkish sailing destination in the perfect spot to explore some of the most amazing islands, beaches and coves of the entire Turkish coastline.
When sailing into the bay of Orhaniye, you’ll come to Marti marina, the largest marina on the Bozburun peninsula outside of Marmaris. The Marti marina creates a welcoming and safe home to the yachts of the Aegean Sea. Orhaniye, and its surrounding coastal region, is a popular sailing destination, so its marina is often full of beautiful boats during the summer time, and it provides all the facilities you’ll need when sailing in Turkey.
The locals refer to the beautiful bay of Orhaniye as ‘Kizkumu’, which means ‘Maiden’s Sands’ and refers to the long stretch of sand that reaches out into the bay and creates the deceiving image of people walking on water as they stroll across it.
Orhaniye is primarily a fishing town, and thus it's known for its delicious, freshly caught seafood and its weekly markets that provide an abundance of excellent local delicacies for purchase. So here, you can stock up on provisions for the days ahead and indulge in some delicious local cuisine. When sailing in Orhaniye, you’ll spend your days swimming in its gorgeous turquoise waters, exploring its beautiful natural surroundings and dining beachside at its fantastic local restaurants.
The closest airport to Orhaniye is Dalaman airport, at around one hour and 45-minutes away on the coastal road. Bodrum airport is about two and a half hours away. The nearest city is Marmaris, and the bus route connecting Dalaman airport to Marmaris can be followed on to Orhaniye. Alternatively, you can book an airport transfer, or, if you’re driving yourself, take the D400 coastal highway all the way around from Dalaman through to Marmaris and on to Orhaniye.
The natural coastal area is interesting and varied, the incredible scenery of Orhaniye bay is hard to beat and its natural harbour and marina provide a safe and secluded home for your boat for the evening. What more could you want? Orhaniye is an excellent destination to stop in when sailing Turkey, so what are you waiting for? Start planning that dream sailing holiday now!