SAILING FROM MARMARIS TO FETHIYE
IN THE STEPS OF ST.PAUL
Marmaris Bay resembles a
calm lake and offers ideal mooring for yachts. Ancient Marmaris, Physkos,
was an important stage on the Anatolia-Rhodes-Egypt trade route. In the 16th century, Suleyman the Magnificent had a citadel built on a hill just
beyond the harbor; today, its remains house the Marmaris Museum. Pine forests cover the
mountains which surround Marmaris; on shore a white line of sand and rock separates green
from blue. The beach areas sparkle, and provide visitors with a perfect opportunity to
dive, snorkel and swim in relaxing conditions.
Yachts and boats decorate the coast of this lovely tourist center where thousands
converge to enjoy a funfilled, self-indulgent holiday. Those who surf and water ski will
thrill at the conditions in Marmaris. Energetic entertainment at a lively bar, or dancing
untill dawn at a sophisticated discotheque can end an ideal day.
There are many good buys in Marmaris' boutiques, colorful bazaars and markets. You can
find excellent leather and suede goods, copper and brass wares,
jewellery and objects carved of onyx. Turkish carpets, textiles and embroidery make good
handscrafted souvenirs, and the locally produced pine-scented honey called cam balı
The Marmaris Netsel Marina,
one of the largest and best-equipped marinas in Turkey and the Marmaris Albatros
Marina, one of the best for winteringand maintaining yachts, make Marmaris an
excellent starting point for the Blue Voyage tour of the Aegean Coast. In May, the
Marmaris Yacht Charter Show provides an opportunity to meet the captains and their crews.
With plenty of provisions aboard, you set sail in the craft of your choice and languidly
explore the spectacular beauty of southern Turkey.
At Ekincik, a delightful yacht-mooring you can enjoy the breathtaking
beauty of this area and the friendly hospitality of its people.
Delikli Island lies right off the coast, southeast of Ekincik.
Yachtsmen enjoy a change of pace when they anchor at the island and take a smaller craft
excursion into the Dalyan Delta. The
Delta, with a long, golden sandy beach at its mouth, is a nature-conservation area and a
refuge for sea turtles (caretta caretta) and blue crabs. At a bend in the river, high on
the cliff face above the fascinating ancient harbor city of Caunos,
magnificent tombs were carved into the rock. From Delikli Island, sailing southeast, you
arrive at Sarıgerme with its pleasent holiday complexes, nestled in cozy
pine forests. Yachtsmen will want to anchor at Baba Island, across from
the pristine sandy beaches.
The Gulf of Gocek, with the friendly Club
Marina set in a beautiful pine forest, is one of the Mediterranean's best sailing
spots. Dotted with islands and indented with many coves, its land and seascapes are
irresistable. The ruins of Arymaxa, an ancient city at the southern tip
of the gulf, lie at the edge of the azure waters. Opposite on Tersane Island,
stand Byzantine ruins,including those of the ancient shipyards. From the Gulf of Gocek
sail on into Fethiye. After Fethiye, you can see a very famous beach Ölüdeniz