This western route – with its many reminders of local history such as trees that are over 2000 years old – also has the most amazing views. This flotilla has wide appeal, but especially for the more serious sailors among us, with a total sailing distance for this 2-week route of more than 200 nautical miles.
After an extensive briefing and after stocking up with provisions for the first few days, we start the trip by heading off to one of Skopea Limani’s beautiful bays. The next leg is rather longer, from the bay of Fethiye to the romantic Ekencik, or to Çiftlik. Ciftlik is a striking open bay with a lovely beach. Then we move on to Bozukkale, a much more rugged bay with the remains of an ancient castle. The next day the destination is less certain, eg to Sailors Paradise. The leg will be about 20 nautical miles, and, as with the others, will be characterized by the outstanding beauty of the local area.
Already almost a week into the trip, the goal on day 5-6 is Bozburun. Bozburun is a centre for boat-building, and specifically the building of gullets. The longest gullet in the world was built here, with four masts, 140 meters in length, and designed by a Dutchman on behalf of an Arab Sheikh. Bozburun is a large harbour, mainly for small boats, and has all the facilities you would expect. There are several supermarkets, ATMs and excellent restaurants on the seafront. We recommend trying Osman’s, a well-known local restaurant.
Routes can always be adjusted depending on the weather or the preferences of the group.
Flights Dalaman – only 40 minutes from Fethiye
Flights are widely available from the 4 London airports, and from many regional UK airports.
NOTE: You should purchase a visa to enter Turkey before you leave the UK. There is a facility to purchase visas at Dalaman, but this may not be available when you require it, and relying on it may result in delays.
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