Gocek is a lively marina village in the beautiful area known as Skopea liman. It is a great place to start a cruise, as it’s only half an hour from Dalaman airport. Gocek boasts many good restaurants and has three marinas.
First day out is an easy one sailing within Skopea. A string of islands gives shelter from the open sea so the water is always calm; it’s an un-spoilt area with many bays for lunch stops and evening anchorages. At night you can eat at one of the charming ethnic restaurants.
Today is a little more adventurous; we leave Skopea and head out to “Fish-tail Bay” for swimming and lunch. In the afternoon we cross the bay of Fetiye to Gemeler Island that has a fascinating Byzantium site dating from the fifth century AD. Wonderful in the early evening light! Dinner can either be taken aboard or at a local beach restaurant.
A longer sail today down-wind past the Seven Capes on to the picturesque town of Kalkan. This used to be a Greek fishing village and is an interesting blend of Greek and Turkish architecture. It’s a great place to wonder around and has some lovely restaurants in the old village.
Today, as a complete contrast we head due South East from Kalkan to a Greek island called Kastalorizo. This is the last outpost of the Greek Dodecanes islands, only two miles from the Turkish coast. It has a fascinating history and is a great place to explore with its idyllic fishing harbor surrounded by small restaurants and cafes dotted along the waterfront.
Leaving Greece behind we continue East to a magical area called the “Kekova Roads”. This a group of bays protected by Kekova Island. There’s a lagoon, many anchorages, an Ottoman Castle and underwater ruins to snorkel over, plenty to see and do. Ucaiz is our overnight anchorage and is the place to eat fish at a restaurant right on the beach.
Sail North to the bustling market town Kas, its very Turkish and has some ancient Lycian tombs, an amphitheatre and good shopping. A great fun place to finish the perfect cruise.