The country, which spans two continents, has more than 80 million inhabitants. While only a small part in the west belongs geographically to Europe, the rest of the country is on the Asian continent.
Bordered on three sides by water, Turkey has a coastline of over 8,000 km – ideal conditions for a yacht charter. The Mediterranean region is particularly popular with beginners and advanced sailors alike, attracting numerous sailors from all over the world every year. Short distances between the moorings, good visibility and modern, well-equipped harbours offer ideal conditions for a successful cruise.
Pleasant temperatures from April to November guarantee a long season, but you should include the Meltemi in your planning. It is the prevailing wind in the Aegean Sea and reaches its peak in July and August. Then you have to be especially careful with straits and capes and take the fall winds into account when anchoring. In spring and autumn, however, south-easterly winds (Lodos) are to be expected.
The Turkish Riviera
This is the name given to the approximately 120 km long stretch of coast around Antalya province in the south of the country. It is considered an easy area for sailing and is therefore ideal for beginners, but experienced sailors also discover new features again and again. Characteristic for the Riviera are hidden bays, beautiful fine sandy beaches and green coasts. The most famous cities along the Turkish Riviera are Antalya, the tourist stronghold, Alanya in the east, Side and Belek in the centre and Kemer and Kas in the west of the region.
The Turkish Aegean Sea
The Aegean Sea is a tributary of the Mediterranean Sea and is bordered to the west and north by Greece (Greek Aegean) and to the east by Turkey. The Turkish Aegean not only includes numerous bays, lagoons and gulfs, but also belongs with the offshore islands to the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean – a true paradise for yacht charter crews. The most important yacht charter bases are Çeşme, Bodrum, Orhaniye, Marmaris, Göcek and Fethiye. But also other places are worth seeing, especially two of the seven wonders of the ancient world are located in this region! Marvel at the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus or the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and experience history first hand.