A Turkey Sailing Trip to the Beautiful Bay of Gocek
Gocek, a small town on the Turkish Riviera, is at first glance just another of the many lovely seaside settlements that decorate the Turkish coastline. However, Gocek has long had a reputation as one of the best Turkey sailing and diving spots on offer and for that reason has been a firm favourite with the yachting crowd for generations.
The town is set in some of the most unique natural settings in the Mediterranean and its coves and islands in the Gulf of Gocek, known generally as the ‘Twelve Islands’ (‘Oniki Adalar’ in Turkish), are a major draw to the region.
The area is protected by strict development laws that ensure its natural beauty stays that way and any building developments and hotel complexes are few and far between. As a result, Gocek remains an untouched and almost undiscovered gem amidst a sea of tourist hotspots.
Primarily a boating haven, boasting six large marinas, Gocek is the ideal spot for anyone on a Turkey sailing tour and sailing is the best (and only) way to see and discover all its tiny islands and hidden coves.
Setting off from the picturesque town, nestled at the foot of forested mountainside, each of the Twelve Islands offers something unique to be explored, whether this is ancient ruins or simply the beautiful stretches of coastline. In particular, visitors should stop at Tersane Island, which, as well as being the biggest island, features partially submerged Byzantine ruins off its shores and is perfect for both keen divers and history buffs.
Other must see spots en route include the Yassica Islands, a group of five tiny islets that boast narrow straits and stunning lagoons that are perfect for swimming, Hamam Cove, reputed to have been the bathing spot of the infamous Cleopatra and where tumbling ruins can still be viewed today and Gobun Cove, hidden amongst pine trees and ancient royal tombs.