The azure waters of the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara and Black Sea surround Turkey to the south, west and north, making a treasure chest of coves, inlets, bays and beaches in which yachtsmen can choose a different and private anchorage each night.
The sailing paradise of Turkey is also home to the Mavi Yolculuk, or Blue Voyage, an idyllic cruise which travels to the private beach of Cleopatra, the eternal fires of Mount Olimpos and the remains of thousands of ancient civilisations.
Sailing in Turkey also allows visitors to experience the hospitality of the people in the coastal villages and towns. The tempered winds blowing from west and northwest make the long summers ideal for yachting, and seem to encourage an appreciation of nature. From some of the turquoise coast’s unspoilt and sheltered bays you can see mountain peaks rising to almost 3000 meters above the sea level.
Yacht Marinas registered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Yacht Ports with Tourism Administration Certificate
|On shore||On sea|
|Antalya||Secondary Yacht Port||Setur Antalya Marina||169||290|
|Antalya/Kaleiçi||Docking Place for Yachts||Kaleiçi Yacht Port||90||-|
|Antalya/Kemer||Secondary Yacht Port||Akdeniz Kemer Marina||150||150|
|Aydın/Kuşadası||Main Yacht Port||Setur Kuşadası Yacht Port||310||-|
|Balıkesir/Ayvalık||Yacht Slipway Facility Çekek Yeri||Ayvalık Yacht Slipway Facility||-||140|
|Balıkesir/Ayvalık||Secondary Yacht Port||Ayvalık Marina||100||-|
|İstanbul/Ataköy||Secondary Yacht Port||AtaköyYacht Port||700||40|
|İstanbul/Fenerbahçe||Secondary Yacht Port||Amiral Fahri Korutürk|
Yacht Port558-İzmir/ÇeşmeSecondary Yacht HarbourAltınyunus Yacht Port9060Kocaeli/GebzeYacht Slipway FacilityAtabay Turizm Yacht Slipway Facility-60Muğla/GöcekDocking Place for YachtsClub Marina121-Muğla/MarmarisYacht Slipway FacilityAlbatros Yacht Slipway Facility4048Muğla/MarmarisDocking Places for YachtsKumlubükü Yacht Club10-Muğla/MarmarisPrincipal Yacht PortMarmaris Yacht Port676122Muğla/MarmarisYacht Slipway FacilitySun Marina Yacht Slipway Facility-100
Yacht Ports with Tourism Investment Certificate
|City||Type||Port Name||On sea||On shore|
|MUGLA/Bodrum||Pr||Bodrum Yalikavak Yacht Port||336||100|
|MUGLA/Bodrum||Secondary Yacht Port||Kalkedon Marina||200||200|
|MUGLA/Bodrum||Secondary Yacht Port||Karada Marina Bodrum||144||50|
|MUGLA/Datca||Secondary Yacht Port||Meersea Kormen Yacht Port||246||56|
|MUGLA/Gocek||Docking Place for Yachts||Il-tur Tourism and Yachting Administration JSC||80||-|
|MUGLA/Marmaris||Yacht Slipway Facility||Marmarin Yacht Slipway Facility||-||200|
|MUGLA/Marmaris||Secondary Yacht Port||Marti Marina and Yachting Administration JSC||301||70|
|MUGLA/Marmaris||Yacht Slipway Facility||Yacht Slipway Facility||-||100|
|MUGLA/Turgutreis||Secondary Yacht Port||Alacatur Tourist Facilities Yacht Port||40||12|
|MUGLA/Turgutreis||Principal Yacht Port||Turgutreis Yacht Port||455||100|
The singular design of the gulette, Turkey’s indigenous sea-going vessel, blends practicality and tradition in a relaxed style that embodies the Blue Voyage. Over the years gulettes have evolved from traditional fishing and cargo vessels into their present profile of a broad beam and wide deck.
Constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris and Istanbul, and along the Black Sea Coast, these boats are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging. The number of passengers a gulette carries depends on the boat’s size, although most of them accommodate between eight and twelve people. These vessels have speparate accommodation for passengers, and chartering one will also include services and entertainment. Modern gulettes are comfortably equipped with most home comforts, and encourages a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all the passengers with a friendly relationship with the crew.
Travel agencies can arrange charters and fixed tours for a specific group or individually. Unlike cruises on large ocean liners, a gulette can explore the secluded and often deserted bays and coves of the coastline. The small harbours and settlements offer an intimate view of coastal life which large ships simply cannot. In many ways a gulette is like a full-service hotel where every room has a sea view and the scenery changes constantly.
|Pupa Yat Isletmeciligi||Barbaros Bulvari 41/A Besiktas /Istanbuleski Cesme Mah. Firkateyn Sok.19.1 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Yesil Marmaris Turizm Ve Yat Isletmeciligi A.S.||Kordon Cad.No:37 Marmaris Mugla|
|Med Yatciilik Turizm A.S.||Kenan Evren Bul.Amos Otel Marmaris-Mugla|
|Motif Turizm Yat Isletmeciligi A.S.||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.72 Bodrum Mugla -Barbaros Cad.No.10 Marmaris- Mugla|
|Alkor Yat Turizm Isletmacileri A.S.||Barbaros Caddesi No.68 Marmaris/Mugla|
|Ozgun Turizm Sanayii Insaat Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi||Mesrutiyet Caddesi No.15 Bakanliklar /Ankara|
|Deniz Teknik Donatim Sa Deniz Teknik Donatim Sanayii Ve Ticaret Anominsirketi||Hüsrev Gerede Caddesi 106/2 Tesvikiye/Istanbul|
|Era Turizm Seyahat Acentasi||Neyzen Tevfik Sok.No.14 Bodrum|
|Yes Yat Eglence Seyahat Ve Turizm Anomin Sirketi||Fethiye Yat Limani Karsisi Yat Motel Fethiye /Mugla|
|Bumerang Denizcilik Ve Ticaret A.S.||Findikli Celebi Hamami Sok.Gunes Ishani Kat.1 Istanbul|
|Durokos Yatcilik Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S.||Atatürk Cad.No.87 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Trans Orient Turizm Sanayii Ve Ticaret A.S||Cesme Meydani Sener Ishani Kat.1 Daire 3 Marmaris -MuglaCumhuriyet Cad.No.223-2 Harbiye Istanbul|
|Mira Yatcilik Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S||Fevzi Cakmak Mah.No.19 Fethiye -Mugla|
|Flama Tur Turizm Ticaret Ve Sanayii A.S||Caferpasa Cad.Yasemin Sitesi 29/2 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Tum-Tur Turizm Ve Ticaret Yat Isletmeciligi Limited Sirketi||Marmaris Yat Limani No.101 Marmaris-Mugla|
|Servis Seyahat Tussock Turizm Organizasyon Jimnastik A.S.||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.204 Bodrum -Mugla|
|Orsa Deniz Ve Yatcilik Turizm A.S||Cesme Meydani Sener Ishani Kat.1 Daire .3 Marmaris-Mugla|
|Fora Turizm Ve Yatcilik A.S||Cumhuriyet Cad No.243 /4 Istanbul|
|Arya Turizmisletmeleri San.Ve Tic A.S||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.Hamam Sok.No.16.Bodrum-Mu?la|
|Anadolu Turizm A.S.||Kordon Cad No.1 Marmaris Mugla|
|Ege Yat Hizmetleri Turizm San.Ve Tic.AS||Pasa Tarlasi No.21 Bodrum -Mugla|
|3.12.1986/39||Ege Yat Hizmetleri Turizm San.Ve Tic.AS|
|3.12.1986/39||Ege Yat Hizmetleri Turizm San.Ve Tic.AS|
|3.12.1986/39||Ege Yat Hizmetleri Turizm San.Ve Tic.AS|
|Halikarnas Turizm Veticaret A.S||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.232/1 Bodrum .Mugla|
|Allstaryat Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S||Barbaros Cad.227 Kisayali Marmaris/Mugla|
|Tayfun Insaat Mut.Tayfun Rifki Kurt||Meclisi Mebusan Cad.Findikli Yokusu Tayfun Ishani No.3/3 Findikli:Istanbul|
|Solaris Turizm Ve Ticaret Anomin Sirketi||Turgut Reuse Caddesi No.126 Bodrum .Mugla|
|Era Turizm Isletmecilik Ticaret Ve Sanayii Limited Sirketi||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.4bodrum.Mugla|
|Deniz Yat Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S||Gerence L001 Sok.Sevilen Ap.7/2 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Tur-Yat Turistik Yatirim Ve Hizmetleri A.S||Ataturk Cad.Nd.30 Marmaris-Mugla Harbiye Mah.Cumhuriyet Cad.No.107Elmada? /Istanbul|
|Cihan Tatil Koyleri Ve Turizm Isletmeleri Anonim Sirketi||Barbaros Bulvari No.137 Besiktas/Istanbul|
|Inter Turizm Sanayii Ve Ticaret Anomin Sirketi||Omurca Mahallesi Milas Yolu Yokusbasi 27/A Bodrum.Mugla|
|Akyel Turizm Ve Dis Ticaret A.S||Yes Yat Eglence Seyahat Ve Turizm A.S.Limani Karsisi Yat MotelFethiye /Mugla|
|Taka Turizm Anomin Sirketi||Samanyolu Sok.Ali Atif Han Kat.5 Daire L0.Istanbul Neyzen TevfikCad.202 P.O.Box L55 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Semre Tur Turizm Ve Yatcilik Ltd.Sti||Erkenekon Mah.Cumhuriyet Cad.233/5 Sisli /Istanbul|
|K.O.Yatcylyk Ve Dis Ticaret Anomin Sirketi||Keresteciler Sitesi Fatih Cad.Yildirim Sok Ugur Ishani L9/6Merter Istanbul|
|Alesta Yatcilik Turizm Sanayii Ve Ticaret A.S||Yat Limani Karsisi P.K.88.Fethiye.Mu?la|
|Mengi Yatcylyk Tasimacilik Turizm Sey Ithalat Ihracat Ve Tic.Lmt.Sti||Tepe Mah.Haci Sabri Sok No.5 Marmaris.Mugla|
|Meersa Turizm Yatirim Ve Isletmecilik A.S||Ali Hafiz Cikmazi Sok.No.47.Marmaris.Mugla|
|Lale Yatcilik Turizm Ve Ticaret Ltd.Sti.||Yskele Cad.No.104 Gulluk .Milas Mugla|
|Pruva Yatcilik Ve Turizm A.S||Iskele Meydani No.942 Gocek.Fethiye.Mugla|
|Salmakis Turizm Yatirim Ve Ticaret A.S||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.106 Bodrum.Mugla|
|Tayat Turizm Yatcilik Ve Ithalat -Ihracaat Ve Ticaret A.S||1399.Sok.No.19/A Alsancak -Izmir|
|Gemici Turizm Hizmetleri Anomin Sirketi||Cemil Topuzlu Caddesi No.13.1ciftehavuzlar Karakoy|
|Pirat Yatcilik A.S||Bestekar Sok.No.38 Balmumcu 80700 Istanbul|
|Mehmet Sedat Akdemir||30 Agustos Cad.No.57.B Antalya|
|Alper Turizm Ve Ticaret Anomin Sirketi||Ovacik Koyu Kirancagi Mevkii Montana Resort Otel Fethiye-Mugla|
|Atlantis Yatcilik Turizm A.S||Pasatarlasi Cad.No.21.P.K.Bodrum.Mugla|
|Eda Tur Turizm Anomin Sirketi||Tepe Mah.41.Sok.No.37 Marmaris/Mugla|
|Bodtur Turizm Ve Ticaret Anomin Sirketi||Gazi Bul.No.66/702 Cankaya.Izmir|
|Yuksel Insaat Anomin Sirketi||Netsel Marina No.12 Marmaris/Mugla|
|Ronesans Yatcilik Ve Turizm Isletmeleri A.S||Yat Limani Bozburun/Mugla|
|Bordo Yatcilik Ve Turizm A.S||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.Hamam Sok.No.16 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Es-Er Yatcilik Turizm Ticaret Lim.Sir.||Haci Mustafa No.107 Marmaris/Mugla|
|Bitez Yatcilik Turizm Ltd.Sti.||Turkkuyu Mah. Keles Cikmazi No.9 Bodrum /Mugla|
|Marmara Turizm Ve Otel Isletmetmecilik Nakliyat Ve Ticaret A.S||Anafartalar Caddesi Cennet Apt.No.14/2 Antalya|
|Apaz Denizcilik Turizm Ticaret A.S||Husrev Gerede Cad.Saair Nazim Sk.8/E Besiktas/Istanbul—TepecikMah.No.144/Bodrum/Mugla|
|Poytur Poyraz Yatcilik Tur.Ve Tic. A.S||Fulya Mah.Buyukdere Cad.No.40 Sisli Istanbul|
|Roman Yatcilik Turizm Sanayii Ve Ticaret A.S||Yat Limani Karsisi Fethiye/Mugla|
|Piri Tour Turizm Ticaret Limited Sirketi||Corsi Mah.Kale Cad Han Ici No.29 Kat.L Bodrum/Mugla|
|Eskisehir Cimento Fabrikasi T.A.S.||Köbrübasi Kanatli Ihsani Kat.2 Eskisehir|
|Kahramanlar Turizm Ve Yatcilik A.S||Cumhuriyet Cad.No.9 Kas.Antalya|
|Asama Turizm Yatcilik Sanayii Ve Ticaret A.S||Atatürk Cad.Bulus Ishani Kat.5 Bursa -Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.4.Bodrum|
|Vesta Turistik Tesisleryatirimve Isletme A.S||Kisayali Mah.Haci Mustafa Sok.Pektas Apt.Kat.4 Marmaris.Mugla|
|Top Leisure Yat Isletmeciligi A.S||Adakoy Kirlilik Mevkii Yat Cekek Yeri Marmaris.Mugla|
|Osman Sagmanligil||Yat Limani No.6 Kemer/Antalya|
|S.J.Turizm Seyahat Ve Insaat Ticaret Ltd.Sti||Eski Cesme Mah.Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.128.A.Bodrum.Mugla|
|Neyzen Turizm Seyahat Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi||Cevat Sakir Cad.No.60 Bodrum|
|Hatko Teknik Donanimlar Mum.Ve Tic.AS||Visnezade Cad.Acisu Sok.No.119/C Besiktas Istanbul|
|A-Marine Yatcik Turizm Sanayii Ve Ticaret A.S||Cemtur Turizm Ve Sy.Isl.A.S.Cumhuriyet Bulvari 137.2 Alsancak-Izmir|
|Tim-Yat Turizm Insaat Muh.Yat Ve Tic.A.S.||Atatürk Bulvari 223/14 Ankara|
|Olgaç-Armayat Turizm Yatcilik Ve Ticaret Ltd.Sti||Cevat Sakir Cad.No.133/G Bodrum -Mugla|
|Fantezi Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S.||Turgut Reis Cad.No.398/A Gumbet-Bodrum-Mugla|
|Mar Tur Turizm A.S||Netsel Marmaris Marina Tesisleri No.E-45-Marmaris/Mu?la|
|Gemi Kurtarma Denizcilik Ve Turizm A.S||Ismet Inonu Cad.Akad Palas 22/6 Gumussuyu-Istanbul|
|Blue Fun Yatcilik Ve Turizm Akdeniz Gemicilik Turizm Sanayii VeTicaret A.S||Turgut Reis Cad.No.350 Migros Yani Bodrum-Mugla|
|Holitur Turizm Isletmeleri A.S||Büyük Liman Setur Marina Yani Antalya|
|Ugurguru?cu Bel-Sun Yat Isletmeciligi||Atatürk Mah.Sahil Cad.No.45.A Foca-Izmir|
|Burcu Turizm Ticaret A.S.||Netsel Marina D.21.Marmaris/Mu?la|
|Kopella Yatcilik Ve Turizm A.S||Kemeralty Mah.Talatpasa Sok.No.7/1 Marmaris|
|Novella Yat Isletmesi Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S||Caferpa?a Cad.Bila No.Pachatur Ofisi Karsisi Bodrum/Mugla|
|Tarabya Isletmecilik Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi||Yahya Kemal Caddesi No.40.1 Sariyer-Rumelihisar.Istanbul|
|Arslan Gumrukleme Nakliye Ticaret Ve Sanayii A.S||Ra Yacting Belediye Yat Limani Iskele Karsisi Gocek-Mugla|
|Günsu Turistik Tesis Isletmeleri Sanayii Ticaret A.S||Caferpasa Cad.No.51 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Karadeniz Yatcilik Ve Turizm A.S.||Ugursokak No.10 Kagithane /Istanbul|
|Mega-Mar Turizm Ve Ticaret A.S||Tepe Mah.Munevver Apt.B/6 Marmaris-Mugla|
|Adam Voyages Mustafa Nalbantoglu||Kumbahce Mah.Imren Sok.No.6 Bodrum/Mugla|
|Deniz Yat A.S||Bebek Cad.No.304/Bebek-Istanbul|
|Karayel Yatcilik Limited Sirketi||Yat Limani Gocek-Istanbul|
|Turmet Yatcilik Turizm Seyahat Ve Ticaret A.S||Kumbahce M.Ataturk Cad.No.76 Bodrum|
|Bel-Sed Turizm Yatirim Ve Isletme A.S||Barbaros Sok.No.139 Marmaris/Mugla|
|Yyldyz Yatcilik Turizm Ve Ticaret Ltd.Sti||Neyzen Tevfik Cad.218/B Mugla|
|Orpel Turizm Sanayii Ithalat-Ihracaat Ve Tic.Lmt.Sti.||Turkkuyusu Cad.Baba Cikmazi No.79 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Valena Turizm Yat Isletmeciligi Tic.Ve San.A.S||Barbaros Cad.No.45 Yat Limani Marmaris/Mugla|
|Trans Anadolu Turizm Ticaret Ve Gemicilik A.S||Netsel Marina Marmaris-Mugla|
|Turmarin Yatcilik Ve Turizm Ticaret Ltd.Sti||Netsel Marmaris Marina Ici Marina Carsisi No.E.37/Marmaris-Mugla|
|Ekinoks Yatcilik Turizm A.S||Dr.?evketbey Sok.4/1 Sisli -Istanbul|
|Genko Denizcilik Tur.Ve Tic.Lmt.Sti.||Atatürk Cad.328/A Izmir|
|Halikarnas Turizm Ve Yatirim A.S||Kumbahçe Mah.Cumhuriyet Cad.No.178 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Oasis Yatcilik Turizm Gida It.Ih.San.Ve Tic.A.S||Eski Cesme Mah.Neyzen Tevfik Cad.No.28/10 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Ertur Petrol Urunleri Gemi Isl.San.Ve Tic.Ltd.Sti.||Yeni Liman Kavsagi Ertur Shell Akaryakit Istasyonu Yani -Antalya|
|Tyfyl Turizm Yatcilik Ve Ticaret Lmt.Sti.||Gerence 100l Sok.No.10 Bodrum-Mugla|
|Zefirya Turizm Yat Isl.Ith.Tarim Su Ur.Hay.Ltd.Sti.||Carsi Mah.Gerence Sok No.48 Bodrum / Mugla|
Sailors will love the wonderful natural landscape surrounding İstanbul, the open seas and magnificent sunsets, as well as a voyage through Byzantine and Ottoman history as they sail past the impressive castles, palaces and mosques. After navigating the Bosphorus and sailing under the two enormous bridges spanning Europe and Asia, meandering along the mosque-lined Golden Horn or cruising in the coves and bays of the Princes’ Islands, it is easy to return to one of the two large marinas in the area. Both Ataköy Marina (on the European side) and Kalamiş-Fenerbahçe Marina (Asian side) offer a 24-hour service.
Kuşadası boasts wonderful seafood restaurants, lively bars and cafes, beautiful parks and superb beaches. The shopping is rich with everything from beads and bangles to leather, jewellery and carpets.
Kuşadası Turban Marina is one of the best-equipped in Turkey, with wintering facilities for boats both afloat and on shore. The town is also renowned for its nightlife, thanks to its numerous bars, jazz clubs, discos and cabarets.
South of Kuşadası, the beautiful waters of the Dilek Peninsula National Park welcome yachts into its serene inlets and coves. The Temple of Apollo in Didim was once a sacred site, and although looted and burned many times in its history, it still has an elegant beauty. Nearby, Altınkum’s beautiful beach tempts visitors with sailing, swimming and relaxation.
The fishing village of Güllük has an attractive port and numerous guest-houses and small hotels, and a little further north in Kıyıkışlacık is said to be the birthplace of the mythological Dolphin Boy. The Bodrum Peninsula comes into view while sailing out of this gulf.
The undisputed hot-spot of the Aegean Coast, Bodrum is a swinging, singing, dancing town and its bohemian atmosphere gathers together Turkey’s artists, intellectuals and lovers of the good life.
An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The Castle of St Peter (Bodrum Castle) now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Shopping here is a delight for souvenirs hunters, and the Bodrum Turban Marina is one best-equipped in the region.
One of the best anchorages is the scenic Akbuk, hidden behind a forested hill. Sedir Island (ancient Cedrai) boasts an incredible beach with fine sand scattered with fossils, and great views of the Kiran Mountains across the bay.
The town of Datca has become a popular stopover for yachts, and offers many seafood restaurants, pubs and discos.
In the Gulf of Hisaronu is the peaceful Kecibuku Bay. The mountains and forests surrounding the Korfez Marina has a rich natural beauty, and the long Kizilkumu has a natural sand formation. After the Gulf of Hisaronu, the town of Bozburun is hidden away in its own exclusive inlet, and famous as one of the gulette-building centres in Turkey. Kumlubuk, a turquoise paradise, lies on the southern side of the bay, and above the water on the northern side is the Rhodian city of Amos. The natural harbour at Turunc opens out into a wide expanse of spectacular blue water, and Marmaris is next port.
Marmaris Bay resembles a calm lake and offers ideal mooring for yachts. The Marmaris Netsel Marina, is one of the largest and best-equipped in Turkey, and the Marmaris Albatros Marina, one of the best for wintering and maintaining yachts, make Marmaris an excellent starting point for the Blue Voyage tour of the Aegean Coast.
Delikli Island lies on right off the coast, southeast of Ekincik. Dalyan Delta, has a long, golden, sandy beach at its mouth and 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 harbour-city of Caunos, magnificent tombs were carved into the rocks. Sailing southeast from Delikli Island, the next destination is Sarigerme.
The Gulf of Gocek is one of the Mediterranean’s best sailing spots. Dotted with islands and indented with many coves, its land and seascapes are irresistible. 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.
The resort town of Fethiye has an important marina and overlooks a beautiful bay strewn with islands, and has a great historical interest with Lycian rock tombs cut into the cliff face, reproducing the facades of ancient buildings. Belcegiz Bay and Oludeniz are interesting to explore, where the calm, crystal-clear waters are ideal for swimming, diving and other water sports. On Gemiler Island, Byzantine ruins lie tucked among the pines.
An ancient theatre on the long Kas Peninsula is within walking distance of the town. The island of Kekova is a one hour sail from Dalyanagzi (ancient Andriace), and there are many more picturesque islands with numerous bays and ancient cities. These bays provide natural harbours throughout the year.
Along the northern shore of Kekova Island, at Apollonia, earthquakes once disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clear water and creating a sunken city.
Demre (Kale) is the site of ancient Myra, 25 km from west of Finike, with many interesting carved rock tombs overlooking the magnificent Roman theatre. St Nicholas (better known around the world as Santa Claus) was the bishop of this Mediterranean city during the 4th century and died here.
Slipping around the Kirlangic Peninsula into the Gulf of Antalya, the first sight is the ancient city of Olimpos, on the southern side of Mt. Tahtali. Oleander and laurel bushes shade the Olimpos Valley, which can be approached by land and sea.
The fully equipped Park Kemer Marina has facilities for all activities and yachtsmen can enjoy the unspoiled bays and beaches south of the town.
Today Antalya’s palm-lined boulevards, beautiful parks, historical buildings, monuments, museums and the picturesque old quarter of Kaleici, (with the Kaleici Turban Marina) blend together to create the ideal holiday atmosphere. The Antalya Marina and Leisure Centre, which has won several awards, is considered one of most beautiful marinas in Turkey. Setur Antalya Marina is quieter, but either makes a suitable break from a voyage around the Turquoise Coast.
Yachts entering or leaving Turkey must do so only at frontier ports. Ports of entry along the Turkish coasts are: Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Samsun, Hopa, Rize, Sinop, Zonguldak, Tekirdag, Istanbul, Çanakkale, Bandirma, Akçay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Çesme, Kusadasi, Didim (Söke), Güllük, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya, Alanya, Anamur, Tasucu, Mersin, Botas, Bartin, Gemlik, Mudanya, Bozyazi, Inebolu, Derince, Eregli, Iskenderun harbours.
Formalities concerning the documentation of yachts departing from their last port of call, or entering a port or mooring for a winter lay-up, shall be carried out at that port.
When entering Turkish Waters, foreign yachts must be recorded in the yacht owner’s or captain’s passport by the customs authorities. This will be cancelled by the customs authorities on departure for foreign ports, or when leaving the yachts for winter lay-up in marinas.
According to regulations, there are various taxes and charges in addition to Customs tax payable by Turkish and foreign yachts. This is collected by the relevant administration, after calculating which harbours will be visited according to the proposed route, and is maintained by an officer appointed in connection with 36th article of Yacht Tourism Regulation.
These taxes include the payment for the other harbours for the entire voyage during the validation period of the Yacht Registration Form, which will be checked on the final departure from the country.Yacht Registration Form (Transit Log)
Various details must be recorded in the Transit Log by the authorities, which include customs, passport details, health and the sailors, passengers and staff on each yacht. Once these details have been logged by the various authorities, they will be checked on entering and leaving each port but will require no further processing, until leaving Turkey. The process for yachts in winter lay-up is performed at the harbour where they will be staying. Once completing the Registration Form, any yacht may enter Turkey. There will be exceptions made, however, in the cases of obligatory departure and entrance due to extraordinary conditions, in connection with laws protecting life and property.Health Process
Processes, including visa and patents, performed within the yacht registration form, are valid for one year without any other additional processes, as long as no other harbours outside Turkey have been visited within that time. In the event of any death or infectious disease, the nearest Harbour Directorate or highest Governmental Authority of the region must be immediately informed.Importing Equipment
Foreign yacht owners can import spare parts and equipment duty-free for use on their own yachts, under customs authority control. Such spare parts and equipment will be recorded in the yacht’s inventory.Cabotage Laws
Yachts staying in Turkey during the winter, or foreign-owned private yachts entering from foreign harbours, are only permitted to sail in Turkish waters on condition that the owner is on board. Yachts owned jointly or owned by yacht clubs or associations can be sailed by any one of four nominated owners per year. Turkish and foreign private yacht owners may have foreign or Turkish guests on board for the purpose of travel, sport and leisure but not for any commercial undertaking.The use of private yachts that have entered Turkey by yacht owners or staff, or boarding of Turkish or foreign guests free of charge, or the use of rented yachts without staff by yachtsmen, are not accepted as seamanship, and yachtsmen cannot benefit from the normal rights of sailors.
A yacht lay-up during winter or departure from a foreign harbour or a yachting organisation including foreign flagged yachts, can be boarded by yachtsmen from a Turkish harbour with the aim of yachting, and leave the yacht at another Turkish harbour.
Foreign flagged commercial yachts licensed by the Ministry, are subject to these regulations are not permitted to voyager transport between Turkish harbours and within the harbour against cash and bill of lading. However tourist-related activities of these yachts are not deemed as voyager transportation.
Should an undocumented foreign flagged yacht organise a voyage under a certain programme, or carry yachtsmen or passengers against payment within Turkish harbours, Cabotage Law will be applied. Evaluation of yachting activities, important in connection with tourism and advertisement outside of this article, is possible with the approval of the Ministry.Leaving Yachts in Turkish Marinas
Foreigners may leave their yachts in Turkey at a licensed yacht harbour or docking area for the purpose of storage, maintenance or repair, for a period of two years and leave the country.
In such cases, they must apply to the regional customs office with a document issued by a yacht harbour or docking area, and the requested process will be recorded in their passports. Owners may leave their yachts for up to five years, provided that the yachts sail from the harbour at least once every two years. At the end of 5 years, the Ministry of Tourism has the right to extend the length of stay.
Documents to be requested during time extension:
l – Yacht ownership certificate
2 - Certificate proving the stay of yacht for five years
3 - Certificate proving the usage of yacht by yacht owners at least once every two years
a - Yacht Registration Form copies
4 - Certificate of stay in yacht harbour or yacht docking area licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
a – Docking agreements
The Blue Flag Campaign is one of the four projects executed under the co-ordination of the Europe Environmental Education Foundation (FEEE). The Environmental Education Foundation of Turkey (TURCEV) designates which beaches and marinas have the right display a Blue Flag, which is judged on the basis of cleanliness of water, environmental concerns, security, safety and services.
Nominees are evaluated by a national, then a European jury, after which the successful ones are awarded the Blue Flag for one year. The sea-water analysis is performed every 15 days during the high season by the local department of Health, and funded by the Ministry of Tourism, and take into account the physical, pH and microbiological parameters.
Blue Flags Awarded in 2001
16-Club Ali Bey
17-Çolaklı Süral Beach
35-Palmiye Holiday Village
36-Kemer Public Beach
42-Akdeniz Holiday Village
59-Turunç Public Beach
66-Palmiye Holiday Village
69-Aktur Tatil Sitesi
70-Datça Aktur Camping
92-Camp of Ministry of Health
95-La Route Holiday Village
98-Elezığ Municipality Public Beach
99-Altınkum Halk Pl.
Yacht Ports With Blue Flags
2-Setur Çeşme Marina
3-Setur Ayvalık Marina
4-Setur Kuşadası Marina
5-Karada Marina Bodrum
7-Marmaris Martı Marina
8-Kemer Antalya Marina
9-Setur Antalya Marina
10-Setur Finike Marina
11-Setur Amiral Fahri Korutürk Kalamış ve Fenerbahçe Marinaları
12-Port Göcek Marina