Here in Turkey we have some lovely ports to go to. Some people prefer the "yachting life," of staying in well organized larger marinas rather than sailing to more isolated areas, or anchoring out, and this would be the cruise for them. Most days we will do light sailing for three to four hours and then return to the marina, where there are pubs and restaurants, shopping and great showers a short distance from your berth.
On this cruise we will spend most evenings in organized marinas.
Netsel Marina in Marmaris is most likely the best within a 500 mile radius, and rivals the very posh marinas in Italy and France. The pretty harbor has many shops and restaurants right within the confines of the marina.
Our favorite pub is here overlooking the harbor, simply called "The English Pub." It has been our favorite watering hole for years. We have spent many an evening watching the light fade over the bobbing yachts against the backdrop of the spectacular mountains ringing the Marmaris bay.
You have a choice of restaurants for your evening meal, or you can dine at the pub.
On your first day here, we will take a short "shakedown" cruise out in the bay. The wide bay is great for an afternoon sail and the winds are almost always favorable.
The next morning you most likely will want to visit the large Marmaris bazaar. But, should you like a leasurely English, continental, or Turkish breakfast first, you can choose from any of the harbor restaurants on the waterfront.
This afternoon we will cruise a short distance to Ciflik Bay, southwest of Marmaris. Here we will tie up to a makeshift pier run by a very accomdating man who owns a farm just off the beach front. We will dine at his beach side restaurant and visit the farm in the morning. Again our backdrop is the towering mountains along the Marmaris penninsula. We will leave the anchorage in the afternoon so that you can enjoy the morning swiming, reading, having breakfast at the restaurant, or sleeping in! We will sail to our favorite snorkling spot in the isolated anchorage of ArapAdasi. Many pottery atifacts lie on the bottom here in 3-5 meters of water behind the small island where we anchor. If the winds are in the right direction, we will remain here for the night. If not, we will sail in the afternoon when the wind comes up, back to the Marmaris Bay and anchor off of one of the luxury hotels or in Netsel.
Ekincek is our next destination.