Sailing Away Turkey
Marmaris Harbour – 1
Marmaris – is the first step of our facinating advanture ! Prepare your cameras!
Marmaris is the pearl of the Aegean Sea in Turkey and this resort is by far the most environmentally clean. Marmaris – is a string of beaches, most beautiful lagoon, arrays of mountains covered by forests and plenty of opportunities for all kinds of recreation. The first city on the site of modern Marmaris was founded in ancient times, it was called Physkos. At the moment of the ancient city, leaving only a small portion located on a hilltop. It is the oldest district of the city and is called Ashartepe, for many years, archaeologists working here. Today everyone can climb to the top of the hill and see the priceless antiquities, as well as to admire the beautiful panorama of the city. The most important attraction of Marmaris is considered an ancient fortress, which was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Powerful fortifications with high stone towers perfectly preserved to this day, today is home to the fortress of the two museums – historical and archaeological.
Pay attention to the Old City of Marmaris it is covering the fortres around! Cozy white houses with old design , stony roads and very thing streets drowning in frowers and tropical trees. Too many nice cafes and restaraunts you will find here . It is always calm and fresh here , even in most hot times of summer , thats why most of all rich people choising this territory for living – it is most expensive houses standig here! Old city with very different designed houses will impress you till deep of your heart!
No less important is the attraction of bedesten – indoor market, whose age is more than five hundred years. Of the trading floor, he long ago turned into an important historical landmark, many travelers visit the market as a real museum. A striking architectural monument of the Ottoman Empire and is Caravanserai, it was built in the mid 16th century and was designed exclusively for the Ottoman soldiers. On this territory there are also a magestic chillout place saved from Ottoman Emire times. In oldest times only man could visit this territory to have a rest , to drink and listen art live music and to smoke a waterpipe with biggest choise of aroma. Now you can taste this kind of pleasure, imagine like a sultan yourself , take a sit on the old designed sofas with numerous colourful pillows , listen art-music. You can wear sultan costume and shoot several photos next to old fashioned fontain.
Attraction of the later period is the Ibrahimi Mosque , its construction was completed in 1789. The mosque is near the old market and it is worth exploring the interior of this amazing religious monument. Among the other excursion objects are Aqueduct and Tashhan – inn . Both of them were erected in the first half of the 16th century. One of the most mysterious and mystical objects Marmaris is the tomb of visionary Saria , who lived in the 17th century and became famous for his prophecies . With this landmark connected a lot of interesting stories and legends , many women today visited the tomb to ask the seer about happyness and family.The big attraction for lovers of bicikle the long road created espetially for sport with green palms and lots of flowers from old city to Icmeler. The breathtaking wier expect on this road , dont forget to take camera !
There are lots of company which is giving bicikle for rent .
The city has everything: from the long range of shops and restaurants to the beautiful sights with a rich history. Thus, known throughout Turkey are ancient fortress and a relatively young marina. The town center is a market where you can purchase a variety of products – from jewelry to porcelain.
Incredible, mysterious island Cennet Odasi (Paradise island) will fancy with its beauty. Despite the fact that the island is almost uninhabited, it is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
The island is located opposite the Marmaris and has a clean turquoise water ,this places are rich about fish and seafood (here very often yacht staying or fishing). The first thing to look at – a cave Nmara. Not wide forest road , there is very scenic views and a variety of exotic plants, will bring to cave steps. Fragrant scent of flowers and herbs and sounds of wild birds creates an excellent mood of anticipation. Climbed the ancient stony stairs brings you to a huge-scale hole in the bottom of which hided an incredible cave. Air temperature and silence remain unchanged for many centuries. You will see a bizarre stalactites and stalagmites, as well as, learn the secrets of the cave (at the entrance to the cave is a historical reference).
On the island there is another cave Fosforus, the entrance to it is possible to reach only by boat. Water in the cave has a unique feature – glow in the dark bright turquoise light. Scientists explain this phenomenon is that the water resides in the microbe, and phosphorus at the time of movement in the water creating a friction – the microorganisms are illuminated. Truly a wonderful sight! By the way, at the end of summer, the same phenomenon can be seen in the water on the beach in Icmeler.
Ekincik Bay, Dalyan – 2
Heading to Ekincik . This bay is famous about big blue crab. Later we will visit one of the most beautiful beaches of the world Istuzu beach.
Here you can sunbathe and swim in the river delta of Dalyan on the long sandy beach ( natural reserve area of Turkey) . After lunch on the boat , you can sail with the wind through the reeds to the ancient city with its ancient Lycia exotic settlement . And a trip to the lake along Kogcegz with diameters 65 sq.km. You can discover the old Turkey , observe internationally famous Caretta Caretta turtles , whose ancestors came from the water to the land 95 million years ago. While traveling by boat on the African river Dalyan , you can see not only to get lost among the coastal cliffs , the Lycian tombs of kings (IV c. BC) city of Caunos , inspect the agora , Roman baths , a church and an amphitheater, the breathtaking view waiting for you in every meters of river.
Second stop yacht awaits us in this day of healing and rejuvenating skin diseases for lifestyle sources. Natural pool filled with sulphurous water , and the bottom is covered with healing mud .
Kas – 3
It is located at the junction of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean and is quite secluded resort that has not yet experienced over the massive influx of tourists.
Kas`s map resembles human eyebrow . By the way, this similarity was discovered a long time ago , and the very name of the city translates this part of the human face.Unusually beautiful place , cozy and quiet green paradise . Kas is located in the hills and from far its creates a whimsical views of the city .While walking along the shady streets , filled with the scent of jasmine in the heat you will meet extraordinary restaurants with Turkish and Greek cuisine and distinctive interior and live music , gorgeous oriental hookah clubs and plenty of souvenir shops which is ready to impress you throughout your stay.Pay attention to the singing of the Muslim Ezana . In Kas – this singing special.
Throughout the coast near the sea there are a terrific platform for diving. Beauty of the deep sea is supplemented unique wrecks and ruins of ancient cities , destroyed once the force of earthquakes. Top underwater attractions see many divers who seek from around the world , it is submerged ruins of the cities of Simena , Aperlay , Theymussa and Kekova and picturesque coves , underwater caves , lying at the bottom of Douglas aircraft and several ships.
Among the attractions located on the surface , tourists can also see many interesting things. The city and surroundings have an interesting tours , in which you can see the ruins of a small Hellenistic theater and ancient temple , carved into the rock Doric tomb, two-storey Lycian tomb of Leo, as well as being in the vicinity of the ancient Lycian settlement Patara , Xanthos and Floater .
Kekova – 4
The Kekova archipelago consists of two small islands : Toprakada and Karaad – Kekova . Long and narrow island of Kekova located close to the mainland – opposite the city of Simena (Simena), previously – Kale (Kale) and villages ucagiz or Yuchayzlar (Ucagiz), separated by a narrow strait from the port or Kalekoy Kalk Kay (Kalekoy), in antiquity Simeiz .
On the northern shore of the island you will find the ruins of the ancient city , most of which flooded as a result of earthquakes and therefore is of great interest for underwater exploration . Earthmoving excavations carried out in the city , but were underwater explorations . Jacques-Yves Cousteau , who arrived in Kekova on Calypso made a movie about this places .
After looking carefully through amazingly clear water you can see the ruins of ancient buildings IV-V centuries BC – Stone stairs , sidewalks, walls of houses, waterfront.
Currently Kekova is the main point in the yachting routes. Meandering coastline , ancient sarcophagi, protruding from the water , traditional restaurants with fish dishes – all hallmarks of the island. Swimming in the clear waters , you can accidentally touch the Lycian sarcophagus , which , like a magical vision , occurs on the surface of the sea. You can see the sunken city , as a result of geological changes and shifts completely gone under the water , and the ancient fortress on a peninsula Simena . The touch of eternity impressive …
Kalkan – 5
Because of the city is still not covered by mass tourism , Kalkan remains a quiet and unspoiled lush nature with crystal clear sea , ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality .
In past it was a Greek fishing village , but still retained its historic charm. White houses of the old quarter , built in the style of Greek architecture , characterized by traditional wooden shutters and balconies overhead .Today it is a picturesque town where the main attraction – its lovely beaches . Here are three main beaches – pebble Komyurlyuk in the eastern part of the city, a small sandy and pebble beach at the mouth of the canyon Kaputash 6 km . From the town and the beach between Gelemishem Akbel and 2 km to the north- west of Kalkan . the longest beach in Turkey – is Patara which is 25 minures away from Gelemishem Akbel. It is believed that Patara was founded Patarusom , the son of Apollo . In ancient times, the temple of Apollo at Patara predicted international and everyday events. Alexander the Great conquered the city in 333 BC. e . then replaced in Patara Longest Greek rulers , until the city fell under Roman protectorate , and later under Byzantine rule . Patara – the birthplace of St. Nicholas ( c. 300 BC. E . ) Surrounded by ancient walls of the archaeological site of Patara are many ancient ruins of three Roman arches lead there .
Also, you can visit the ancient city Xanthos .
Xanthos – a city that played an important role in history, is an archaeological jewel of Turkey. Xanthos is the territory of the Turkish province of Antalya , and today is known to all as Knk . This city many years ago was the capital of the Lycian state and one of the most powerful and majestic cities of Turkey. Due to its undeniable cultural values, Xanthos was listed in UNESCO World Heritage List .
Xanthos has experienced many things: during its existence many times alternated rulers – were in power and the Persians , Greeks , Romans and Macedonians . not once the city was destroyed, but that did not stop it to resurrect each time, to flourish and become more beautiful and more magnificent than before.
Today, tourists can plunge into history of Xanthos . After all, this city has retained many of the attractions and historical monuments . Especially popular are the famous Lycian tombs .
Also is impressive the Hellenistic gate, on top of which there is an inscription that they are made in honor of the ancient Greek gods – Artemis and Apollo. The important historical value has Ksantossky obelisk on which is engraved the inscription in the Lycian language . Scientists still can not decipher these 250 lines , but under the inscription is a small explanation of the 12 lines in Greek, according to which , the obelisk was made in honor of the fearless and strong warrior.Xanthos is located on a small hill in a wonderfully picturesque valley called Escher , and from there you can enjoy beautiful landscapes framed by the Taurus mountains.
Gemiler Island, Cold Water Bay – 6
Gemiler island , also called the St. Nicholas Island , famous for its many ruins that have survived since the time of the Byzantines. Easiest to get here from the Gulf Gemiler or Blue Lagoon.
Island preserved traces of a large Byzantine settlement , which at one time was the center of Christianity . Between V-XI centuries there were construction. Despite the fact that most of the buildings almost completely destroyed , there is still a lot of interesting things you will see . In the northern part of the island is located the sunken ruins of the wharf and warehouse.
Particularly noteworthy are the ruins of churches and chapels . On the hill the palace , which was decorated with amazing floor mosaics. On the island were dug many wells and tanks built , traces of which survive to this day . Once there was a queen whose skin was very sensitive and to let her swim in the sea there was built covered swimming pool. Its ruins is still possible to see .The beach of Blue Lagoon covered with restaraunts and tavernas. The beach are prepared for water sports and for comfortable sunbath.
Later , we will g oto Cold water bay for diner and overnight staying.
Demre, Myra – 7
The ancient city Mira (now Demre ) is known as a place of pilgrimage and holy faith . This is the city, where preached the Nicholas . Exact date of foundation settlement is unknown, but according to some Lycian inscriptions, it already existed in the fifth century BC. The Mira has been one of the biggest cities of Lycia , and since the reign of Theodosius II was its capital. In the III-II centuries BC , when it was part of the Lycian Union , the city has received the right to mint coins . In the first century AD the Mira visited by the Emperor Germanicus with his wife Agripina , in honor of the city in the bay which were erected statues of the emperor and empress . Miras decline came in the seventh century , when the city was destroyed by the Arabs and mud flooded river Miros .
Saint Nicholas Church is considered to be the third most important religious building of Byzantine architecture in the East. This historical monument survives today in the form of a cruciform basilica, consisting of one large room . Appearance of the temple , which can be seen in our time , the basilica received only in 520 . The church still avaliable for to see the icons, frescoes , mosaic floors and sarcophagus , where the assumption rested incorrupt relics of St. Nicholas .
The ruins of the Mira is located five kilometers from the coastal strip between the modern town of Demre and the sea. Fortunately, you can still explore the city walls, defended acropolis dating from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Necropolis of the city is located at the top of the cliffs and affects a huge number of Lycian rock tombs. Most crypts have beautiful facades with inscriptions and reliefs excellent .
The modern city is pretty quiet . You will find plenty of shops and cafes souvenirs near historic place.
Olympos, Adrasan Bay – 8
Olympos ! The word raises you on the mountain peaks, right there where live terrible and wonderful gods of ancient Mediterranean . Excursion to Olympos , which is a national park – is an entertaining journey that combines natural beauty and cultural experiences .
Olympos beach is really very beautiful and picturesque , with the purest water , about 3 km long . Groves of orange trees , pine with reddish trunks , turtles that lay their eggs on the beach … Mountain , which the Greeks called Olympos , now called Tahtali .
Those interested in history to wander among the ruins of Olympos . Remains of the town partly hides the vegetation , but it only makes the walk of his buildings more romantic. You will see the remains of buildings , colonnades , the ruins of a small but expressive amphitheater for 5,000 spectators.You can climb the mountain and see the fire of natural origin, which is lit at the top year-round and the fire is lit for a few thousand years. Ancient Greeks laid down about this true legend , one of the characters in the Hellenic mythology , the hero Bellerophon , married the beautiful Lycian princess and decided to release from Lycia Chimera – a fire-breathing monster with the body of a snake . He managed to defeat the Chimera and bury it in the ground under the stone arches conclude . The mountain called – Chimera .
After lunch and a swimming break we will be heading to Adrasan Cavus Bay for dinner and overnight stay.
Porto Ceneviz, Phaselis – 9
Faselis is located in a beautiful place with beaches and spectacular cliffs , at the foot of the mountains unique Tahtali ( Olympos ) , the one that describes the legendary Homer in Iliad . In the city’s harbor is always a lot of yachts. But the main advantage of the city – its antiquity . According to legend , it was founded in the 7th century BC by colonists from the island of Rhodos . The same legend says: instead of land colonists offered locals dried fish .
The Lycian city Faselis was formed , which was considered the largest settlement and had three harbors – Eastern , Central and South . In 333 BC, Alexander the Great gave the city a golden crown . In that times Phaselis was famous about purple oil and roses . After Alexander the city several times passed from hand to hand , and in 167 BC he became a member of the Lycian League and minted coins modeled on the union. Phaselis periodically plundered by pirates. And later the city passed under the dominion of Rome. From this time for three centuries Phaselis only flourished.
Most of the preserved ruins belongs to the Roman and Byzantine periods. Right from the entrance to Phaselis are the most ancient city walls of the fortress (3rd century BC. E . ) , And the ruins of a temple or tomb. On the slopes in the northern harbor you can see the necropolis. According to legend , this is where Alexander the Great is buried .
Marvellous beach Phaselis to your services. This place is interesting for divers under water you can see the ancient buildings as well as to enjoy the crystal clear water which is let you to see very deep under the water. Phaselis – is a protected national park , so you will not find shops and restaurants here.
Kemer – 10
This is a resort town , consisting most of all from hotels.
In the northern part of Kemer is Yoryuk Park live ethnographic exhibition on the history of the Turkish people , that kind of open-air museum , which tells about the lifestyle of nomadic Turkmen tribes . Inside the park home presented , household items and utensils nomads , their workshops. Here you can see the process of creating handicrafts and taste traditional food nomads.
Not far from the Yoryuk Park the park is the beach- park complex Moonlight . For the little children’s club , as well as the dolphinarium is open . Additionally, the Moonlight work shopping center, restaurants and bars, equipped 2 pools, tennis courts and sandy beach .
Near Kemer lie the ruins of the ancient Lycian port city of Phaselis , founded in the 7th century . BC. Phaselis was the city of the three ports . Ancient Street , reaching 24 meters in width , runs through the center of the city , and its southern part ends with sea gate of Hadrian. Along the road are preserved the ruins of warehouses , marketplaces and public spaces : the Roman baths , the agora and the theater , dating back to the 2 . BC. e . Between downtown and the Plateau laid waterways ; survived numerous sarcophagi.
In Kemer wide pebble beaches.The swimming season in Kemer lasts from May to October. Lovers of nightlife Kemer offers a selection of some of the best on the coast discos (Aura, Inferno, Budda), many waterfront bars and restaurants. In Kemer (especially – Tekirova ) perfectly prepared seafood and the local taverns in small town Chamyuva serve great dishes of lamb .
Antalya – 11
Stunning , picturesque town of Antalya will surprise you smoim variety!
This is one of the most popular resorts in Turkey , cultural center, here the most ancient monuments coexists with developed entertainment industry . Famous shopping centers, restaurants , museums, theaters , water parks, as well as one of the largest aquariums in Europe ( under the water where you can take a walk ) . There are many parks and children’s entertainment centers , as well as a huge zoo entrance to the town and 4 very large , stunningly beautiful waterfall (Kursunlu Waterfalls, Duden Waterfall ( 2 ), Manavgat waterfall.
The first thing to see the old city of Antalya with the Ottoman fortress on a rock . With stunning views of the cliff on the high rocky coast, where the right stone for many centuries the river falls . Small yachts that make a tour along the coast of Antalya swim close to a waterfall and a cave behind him.
Old Town – it’s just a place of ancient excavations. Visit the ancient harbor mangle, it is surrounded by ancient walls and away for many excursions in the Mediterranean Sea .
Strolling through the streets of the ancient original , visit the museum houses the Turkish aristocracy. Architecture and decor, interior gardens in every manor unique.You’ll find lots of interesting gift shops, vintage studio and house painters. Visit one of the local taverns . In such places, the atmosphere is special , unique music played here and you will be offered a stunningly delicious lamb or seafood .Antalya is famous for several beaches , the most famous – Lara . 12 kilometers of clean, equipped beach – a favorite place of surfers .Nightlife in Antalya is not quenched. You will find plenty of bars and discos with different music and stunning interiors.
Antalya – 12
Upon agreement, the guests will leave the gullet with precious memories by 10:30.