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Sailing Routes Along the Coast

1. The Carian Coast

The Carian coast is much indented and is tucked in between Bodrum and Marmaris, the two largest yacht charter bases in Turkey. Highlights are the ports, anchorages and historical sites of Torba, Gümüslük, Cökertme, Akbük, Gökova, Sehir Adalari, Sö─čut, Degirmen Bükü, Körmen, Mersinçik, Knidos, Datça, Bençik, Keçi Bükü, Bozburun, Bozuk Bütü and Marmaris.

Furthermore, it is easy to cross into Greek waters, towards the Dodecanese; the beautiful islands of Symi, Kos, Nisyros and Rhodes are just a day sailing away. Ports of entry along the Carian coast are Bodrum, Datça and Marmaris.
The Greek ports of entry are Kos, Symi and Rhodes.

The normal wind in the sailing holiday season is the meltemi, which blows from the NW - WNW in open waters, but nearer to shore follows the coastlines. Occasionally, in the high season gusts can reach above 6-7 Bft. Outside the season the meltemi is less powerful and even several days of light winds could be expected. Usually the wind will pick up early in the afternoon, which is ideal for anchoring. Yet, there is the possibility that the meltemi doesn't die at the end of the day and continues during the night.

2. The Ionian Coast

The Ionian is ideal for yacht charter holidays like (bareboat) charters and gulet charters. The area is famed for its climate, and is as beautiful and gentle as it was in ancient times. 
You will encounter less (charter) yachts than in the Carian and Lycian coasts, also fewer local boats since the local economy is primarily based on farming the fertile shores, and not by fishing. 
Highlights are the harbours and anchorages of Foça, Izmir, Urla, Çesme, Sigacik, Kusadasi, Gulluk, Torba, Bodrum as well as the archaeological sites of Teos, Ephesus, Latmos, Didyma and Myndos.

Moreover, you can easily cross to the Eastern Sporades: Chios, Samos and Ikaria or to theDodecanese: Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos and Kos. 


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