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Itinerary: One-Week Sailing Marmaris - Bozukkale - Marmaris

Day: 1 Marmaris/Marmaris (0 h)

Marmaris situated where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet lies in a natural harbour surrounded by pine forests stretching down to the waterfront. Marmaris is one of Turkey' s premier vacation resorts, built around a sweeping natural bay at the foot of a steep mountain slope. The old town is a maze of twisting little streets and alley ways with whitewashed houses amid an excellent shopping bazaar. The beautiful harbour water front hosts many restaurants and bars where you can relax and take in the spectacular view. One look at the yachts in the harbour will tell you that Marmaris is a stylish and cosmopolitan resort. The traffic-free promenade stretching from the marina all the way round the bay to Icmeler has a sophisticated 'Riviera' feel to it, that is vaguely reminiscent of St.Tropez.

Day: 2 Marmaris/Ciftlik (1h20)

Fifteen miles east of Loryma, Ciftlik (ancient Phalarus) is a beach village set in a striking mountain cul-de-sac. This is a very convenient first stop if you are cruising from Marmaris towards Bodrum. The bay is very well protected and has numerous jetties and restaurants around the shore. There are limited provisions available here and if you are lucky you may be able to buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen. We have regularly experienced particularly h3 winds on the passage from Marmaris along with the neighbouring anchorage at Gerbeske, so be watchful!

Day: 3 Ciftlik/Bozukkale (1h20)

Every yacht is sure to call at Bozukkale, which is located 15nm from Marmaris. In ancient times there was a shipyard here. Entering the bay, the citadel walls of the ancient city of Loryma that used to be here can be seen on the western side and is truly a magnificent site. The harbor at Bozukkale was also used during Roman and Byzantine times and by the Knights of Rhodes as well. The inlet is much larger than nearby Serce, and you will find an even greater collection of beach view restaurants. The view is fantastic with the citadel, and the Byzantine ruins all in sight, backed by the mountains definitely one of our favourites.

Day: 4 Bozukkale/Bozburun (1h20)

Ensconced among the green mountains of the Datca Peninsula, Bozburun is a charming little harbour at the end of some wonderful sheltered bays. This splendid area is thickly forested with pine trees and the sweat smell of frankincense lingers in the air. It is totally sheltered by the hills and mountains behind it. While it is possible to swim, there is no official beach in Bozburun. It is fascinating to watch the ship builders on the waterfront assemble the wooden skeletons of embryonic boats in the shadows of the towering cliffs that stand guard over Bozburun.

Day: 5 Bozburun/Datca (2h30)

It is the largest village and the only one of its size on this part of the coast besides Bozburun. Datca is a very picturesque village that is still rather untouched by tourists it is also the main harbour for provisioning between Bodrum and Marmaris and is a must, if you pass this way. The inhabitants of this region make their living by growing and selling olives, almonds, honey and garden fruits and vegetables, catering particularly to tourism. The almonds of Datça are particularly prized in the region.

Day: 6 Datca/Serce Limani (3 h)

Serce Limani is located 13nm from Gerbekse and is situated on the southern side of the Bozburun Peninsula, on the banks opposite Rhodes. The harbour has a magnificent gate carved from stone. It is a safe haven for boats. The waters of the bay are clean and clear. In an underwater survey, a shipwreck dating to the 11th century BC was discovered here. The ship had once been carrying a glass cargo. Artifacts brought up to the surface have been sent to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This discovery has made Serçe Limani a well-known venue.

Day: 7 Serce Limani/Marmaris (3 h)

Back to the base in the afternoon.

Day: 8 Marmaris

Disembarkation at the base.

Itinerary: Two Weeks Towards Sailing Marmaris -Marmaris

Day: 1 Marmaris/Marmaris (0 h)

Marmaris situated where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet lies in a natural harbour surrounded by pine forests stretching down to the waterfront. Marmaris is one of Turkey' s premier vacation resorts, built around a sweeping natural bay at the foot of a steep mountain slope. The old town is a maze of twisting little streets and alleyways with whitewashed houses amid an excellent shopping bazaar. The beautiful harbour water front hosts many restaurants and bars where you can relax and take in the spectacular view. One look at the yachts in the harbour will tell you that Marmaris is a stylish and cosmopolitan resort. The traffic-free promenade stretching from the marina all the way round the bay to Icmeler has a sophisticated 'Riviera' feel to it, that is vaguely reminiscent of St.Tropez.

Day: 2 Marmaris/Ciftlik (1h30)

Fifteen miles east of Loryma, Ciftlik (ancient Phalarus) is a beach village set in a striking mountain cul-de-sac. This is a very convenient first stop if you are cruising from Marmaris towards Bodrum. The bay is very well protected and has numerous jetties and restaurants around the shore. There are limited provisions available here and if you are lucky you may be able to buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen. We have regularly experienced particularly h3 winds on the passage from Marmaris along with the neighbouring anchorage at Gerbeske, so be watchful!

Day 3: Ciftlik/Bozukkale (2 h)

Every yacht is sure to call at Bozukkale, which is located 15nm from Marmaris. In ancient times there was a shipyard here. Entering the bay, the citadel walls of the ancient city of Loryma that used to be here can be seen on the western side and is truly a magnificent site. The harbor at Bozukkale was also used during Roman and Byzantine times and by the Knights of Rhodes as well. The inlet is much larger than nearby Serce, and you will find an even greater collection of beach view restaurants. The view is fantastic with the citadel, and the Byzantine ruins all in sight, backed by the mountains definitely one of our favourites.

Day: 4 Bozukkale/Orhaniye (2 h)

The Keci Bürü bays are very comfortable. You are protected from any north winds. You will also find a couple of small markets here. On a small islet within the bay, ruins of an ancient fortress are visible, reminding us of the past. The local population of the village is around 1000.

Day: 5 Orhaniye/Bencik - Selimiye (1h30)

Selimiye is situated on the fifth hill of the town at the top the imperial Mosquée of Yavuz Selim. Down in the town on the Corne d'Or side you can find a superb example of Byzantine arts such as the St Nicolas Church. In the bay is a section called Buruncuk that is suitable as an anchorage. A little inland from this bay near the village of Selimiye is the ancient city of Hyda..

Day: 6 Selimiye/Dirsek (1h30)

Dirsek is the last of the inlets in the Hisaronu gulf and to enter this you would need to sail round Kargi Island. On the southern side of Dirsek Cape are the underwater remains of an ancient quay.

Day: 7 Dirsek/Datca (2 h)

It is the largest village and the only one of its size on this part of the coast besides Bozburun. Datca is a very picturesque village that is still rather untouched by tourists it is also the main harbour for provisioning between Bodrum and Marmaris and is a must, if you pass this way. The inhabitants of this region make their living by growing and selling olives, almonds, honey, garden fruits and vegetables, catering particularly to tourism. The almonds of Datça are particularly prized in the region.

Day: 8 Datca/Palamut (2 h)

Palamut is a small and calm fishing village with a sheltered bay and pebble beach. Rounding the Cape of Divan, one enters Palamut Harbor located before it. The Triopium, the religious center of the Dorian Confederation, was located here. One may anchor off the island and also along shore.

Day: 9 Palamut/Bodrum (2h30)

Is the first yachting centre in Turkey. Surrounded by a wild mountainous area it offers a panorama of history, mythology, and spectacular scenery. The port is dominated by the medieval castle of St Peter, which also houses a very interesting museum with an important collection of ancient glass and marine object.

Day: 10 Bodrum/Mersincik (3 h)

Situated in the gulf of Gökova is Mersicik, which is located about 3 km from Mersicik Island. The bay is surrounded by forests. The best places to moor are two bays, which are located in the NW and NE. If you have the Meltem blowing do not go to Börgürten due to the wind being extremely h3 in this region.

Day: 11 Mersincik/Hayit Bükü (3 h)

This is a good harbour if you have the Meltem blowing, as you would only experience small waves coming inside. Hayit Buku is sometimes more comfortable than Knidos as it is less windy. Anchorage is by 30 meters in clear water.

Day: 12 Hayit Bükü/Bozburun (3 h)

Ensconced among the green mountains of the Datca Peninsula, Bozburun is a charming little harbour at the end of some wonderful sheltered bays. This splendid area is thickly forested with pine trees and the sweat smell of frankincense lingers in the air. It is totally sheltered by the hills and mountains behind it. While it is possible to swim, there is no official beach in Bozburun. It is fascinating to watch the ship builders on the waterfront assemble the wooden skeletons of embryonic boats in the shadows of the towering cliffs that stand guard over Bozburun. D

ay: 13 Bozburun/Serce Limani (3 h)

Serce Limani is located 13nm from Gerbekse and is situated on the southern side of the Bozburun Peninsula, on the banks opposite Rhodes. The harbour has a magnificent gate carved from stone. It is a safe haven for boats. The waters of the bay are clean and clear. In an underwater survey, a shipwreck dating to the 11th century BC was discovered here. The ship had once been carrying a glass cargo. Artifacts brought up to the surface have been sent to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This discovery has made Serçe Limani a well-known venue.

Day: 14 Serce Limani / Marmaris (1h30)

Day: 15 Marmarisd

Disembarkation at the base.

Weather Conditions

These are ideal navigational conditions with a minimum of 10 hours sunshine per day and average temperatures ranging between 25° to 30° from June to September and 20° to 30° during May and October.

The "Meltemi" is a thermal wind that occurs mainly during the summer season (June-September) but also in May and October you may frequently experience this dry wind, although it will not be as h3. One should anticipate its maximum during July and August. It can reach force 4/7 during the day, growing h3er in the afternoon then it dies down at sunset and continues the next day, a pattern that can be repeated over many days.