Lycian & Carian flotillas

The Lycian and Carian flotillas give you a taster of Turkey’s two most popular sailing regions. They offer a range of flotilla sailing conditions, from the sheltered areas of Gocek Bay and the Hisaronu Gulf to stronger winds and more open seas at the west end.

There are a couple of larger towns (Marmaris and Fethiye), and a few smaller ones (Bozburun, Datca and Gocek) along the way. But most destinations are small villages or secluded bays with just a single restaurant.

The dramatic scenery is sparsely populated, with steep cliffs. Winds are good, especially in summer when the Meltemi can blow for days at a time. This can push winds up to force 5. This is less noticeable if you sail from west to east as the winds will usually be behind you.

The Lycian & Carian flotillas are all two week holidays. There’s too much ground to cover to fit in one week. They offer some longer legs and there’s even more scope to extend the mileage on free- sailing days.

Sorry, there are no one week flotillas covering both areas. For one week flotillas in Turkey CLICK HERE

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  • Bozburun flotilla – 2 weeks

    ABOUT THE BOZBURUN FLOTILLA

    From Fethiye’s bustling bazaar to traditional one restaurant bays such as Tomb Bay and Sailor’s Paradise, there’s no lack of variety on the Bozburun flotilla. Climb to the top of the ancient citadel at Loryma and see traditional boat building in Bozburun as you hop between small towns and villages.

    Starting from Orhaniye, the Bozburun flotilla first heads west down the Hisaronu Gulf. Your first stop is the chic holiday village of Selimiye. Then it’s onward to Bozburun itself, a sleepy town.

    After a night at Sogut you’ll head south west to Loryma. Now the fun really begins. The wind is usually behind you as you run east towards Fethiye Bay. A crack in the towering cliffs will take you in to Ciftlik. Then comes the little bay at Asi Koyu.

    Now you’re in to classic Turkish “one restaurant bay” territory. Don’t expect lots of shops but you will experience lots of warm Turkish hospitality. Most of the restaurants are family run and each has it’s own attraction.

    At Cold Water Bay take a dip in the refreshing springs or visit the abandoned Greek village. At Tomb Bay walk up to the ancient tombs or take a massage on the beach. And at 22 Fathom Cove, Ragip will entertain you as only Ragip can.

    Finally your Bozburun flotilla draws to its close in Fethiye where are last the serious shopping can begin. There are plenty of other options too: Have your portrait drawn on the sea front, visit a Turkish bath, explore the bazaar or try a Turkish nightclub.

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs from: Orhaniye           Ends: Fethiye

    Runs: Once only in 2018                             Nearest airport: Dalaman

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Bozburun - 2 weeks11th
    View the Bozburun flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Carian gallery. The page on Flotilla inclusions and options is fairly self explanatory!

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Orhaniye / Keci Buku This large bay has become a base for several charter companies, encouraged by the development of the marina. For marina-phobics there are several other restaurants with their own quays clustered at the end of the bay. The cost of using the marina has resulted in a number of the charter companies basing themselves at the restaurants ... Read more
    2: Sun7
    • Selimiye Once a sleepy village, Selimiye has become a place to be seen, with an up market feel attracting well heeled Turks from far afield. It’s kept it’s charm though and with a good choice of restaurants and several mini markets one wonders how it ever coped before the quay was extended. Selimiye has also welcomed home ... Read more
    3: Mon6
    • Sailor’s Paradise / Kocabahce Buku Few stopped at this bay until the restaurant opened and now we all wonder how we managed to sail past such a great spot so many times. The restaurant is a friendly place and deserves it’s success. Sit under the shade of the trees with a cold drink and admire the view, or if you’re feeling ... Read more
    4: Tue11
    • Bozburun This small laid back town is a great place to stock up, clean up, and unusually, see traditional Turkish boat building first hand. With several anchorages nearby, there are some good opportunities for a swim too. In a land where most quays are built by local restaurants, Bozburun actually has a traditional town harbour. The harbour itself is ... Read more
    5: Wed6
    • Sogut This small village is the port for a slightly larger village of the same name, up in the hills. It’s a popular stop with charter sailors. In recent years it has been adopted by one of the flotilla companies as their local sailing base. A couple of restaurants sit near the quay with traditional wooden boat building still ... Read more
    6: Thu15
    • Loryma / Bozukkale / Bozuk Buku The barren bay of Loryma is a fantastic natural harbour. The ruins of the Citadel that look out across the harbour attest to it’s naval past and there is documentation of settlements here going back to Roman times. In fact recent excavations suggest that there was habitation here 3000 years ago. The bay is sufficiently large ... Read more
    7: Fri16
    • Ciftlik Pronounced chiff-lick, this bay contains several restaurants spread along the pebbled beach, along with a gift shop (in a tent) and basic provisions. For a short while, it also offered free drinks at the all inclusive resort in one corner until the staff got wise and started more diligently checking for wrist bands! In usual Turkish style, the ... Read more
    8: Sat22
    • Asi Koyu Asi Koyu is a small bay with a beach and restaurant (with showers)! It’s a convenient stop off for yachts transiting between Marmaris and Gocek/Fethiye Bay that don’t want to detour to Ekincik. The restaurant has provided a jetty for yachts but the bay is also accessible by road (albeit a rather basic one) so sailors ... Read more
    9: Sun26
    • Cold Water Bay / Bestas Limani / Kalevezi Koyu The bay is named after the fresh water springs that make for a cooling swim. There’s a single restaurant offering some provisions set on the hill overlooking the bay. Highly recommended is a walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy, last inhabited in the 1920’s but still remarkably intact. The family run restaurant offers similar fare ... Read more
    10: Mon16Free sailing. I suggest
    • Sarsala Tucked in amongst the pine trees, this is another one restaurant bay. The speciality here is pide, traditional Turkish pizza which is served as a starter. The restaurant also offers home made pine honey which makes a better souvenir than some of the tat available in the souvenir shops in many of the larger towns. Those feeling ... Read more
    Or
    • Kapi Creek A small bay now completely filled by the restaurant and its moorings. A short walk up the hill behind the restaurant offers panoramic views of the approaches to Gocek Bay. For those with a little more energy, the local village is a little further away – ask the staff for directions. When I first visited, you ... Read more
    11: Tue5
    • Boynuz Buku / Laundry Bay A classic Turkish one restaurant bay, containing nothing more than a jetty and a small restaurant. The reed beds at the head of the bay make for slightly different surroundings to the other bays in the areas. Apparently the bay was often known as Laundry Bay as boats from Gocek used to come here to wash ... Read more
    12: Wed6
    • 22 Fathom Cove And now for something completely different! A restaurant afloat, run by Gocek Bay’s local eccentric, Ragip and his long suffering wife. You’ll spot him immediately in his bearskin hat and if he really likes you he’ll show you his extensive gun collection! Ragip used to run the excellent restaurant at Cleopatra’s Bay, until the authorities deemed ... Read more
    13: Thu4
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    14: Fri13
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    15: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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View the Loryma flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Loryma flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate         Departs from: Fethiye          Ends: Orhaniye

    Runs: Once in 2018                                  Nearest airport: Dalaman

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Loryma - 2 weeks28th
    View the Loryma flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Carian gallery and the Lycian (west) gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average14Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun17
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    3: Mon16
    • Cold Water Bay / Bestas Limani / Kalevezi Koyu The bay is named after the fresh water springs that make for a cooling swim. There’s a single restaurant offering some provisions set on the hill overlooking the bay. Highly recommended is a walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy, last inhabited in the 1920’s but still remarkably intact. The family run restaurant offers similar fare ... Read more
    4: Tue16Free sailing. I recommend:
    • 22 Fathom Cove And now for something completely different! A restaurant afloat, run by Gocek Bay’s local eccentric, Ragip and his long suffering wife. You’ll spot him immediately in his bearskin hat and if he really likes you he’ll show you his extensive gun collection! Ragip used to run the excellent restaurant at Cleopatra’s Bay, until the authorities deemed ... Read more
    5: Wed22
    • Asi Koyu Asi Koyu is a small bay with a beach and restaurant (with showers)! It’s a convenient stop off for yachts transiting between Marmaris and Gocek/Fethiye Bay that don’t want to detour to Ekincik. The restaurant has provided a jetty for yachts but the bay is also accessible by road (albeit a rather basic one) so sailors ... Read more
    6: Thu22
    • Ciftlik Pronounced chiff-lick, this bay contains several restaurants spread along the pebbled beach, along with a gift shop (in a tent) and basic provisions. For a short while, it also offered free drinks at the all inclusive resort in one corner until the staff got wise and started more diligently checking for wrist bands! In usual Turkish style, the ... Read more
    7: Fri16
    • Loryma / Bozukkale / Bozuk Buku The barren bay of Loryma is a fantastic natural harbour. The ruins of the Citadel that look out across the harbour attest to it’s naval past and there is documentation of settlements here going back to Roman times. In fact recent excavations suggest that there was habitation here 3000 years ago. The bay is sufficiently large ... Read more
    8: Sat14
    • Sogut This small village is the port for a slightly larger village of the same name, up in the hills. It’s a popular stop with charter sailors. In recent years it has been adopted by one of the flotilla companies as their local sailing base. A couple of restaurants sit near the quay with traditional wooden boat building still ... Read more
    9: Sun13
    • Dirsek This large sheltered bay is set in the rolling hills at the end of the peninsula. With nothing but the small restaurant at one end, you’re out in the country but with good food at hand! The restaurant offers traditional fare and you will be invited in to the kitchen to make your choice. With no ... Read more
    10: Mon15Free sailing. For some nightlife head for:
    • Datca This is a small town of contrasts. Walk around the harbour to the sandy beach and it’s a tranquil harbour town. Head in to the town itself and it’s a thriving commercial centre. Moor opposite the bars and come evening it’s a thriving tourist spot. Fortunately, it’s too far from an airport to have suffered ... Read more
    For a one restaurant bay I suggest
    • Asardibi This remote bay is due south of the Bozburun channel. A new restaurant opened here in 2014, the Phoenix Beach and Restaurant. The owners have taken full advantage of the local woodworking skills to produce a decked area where you can relax and dine under the parasols. There’s also a small beach area. Other than the restaurant ... Read more
    For a compromise you want
    • Bozburun This small laid back town is a great place to stock up, clean up, and unusually, see traditional Turkish boat building first hand. With several anchorages nearby, there are some good opportunities for a swim too. In a land where most quays are built by local restaurants, Bozburun actually has a traditional town harbour. The harbour itself is ... Read more
    11: Tue16
    • Sailor’s Paradise / Kocabahce Buku Few stopped at this bay until the restaurant opened and now we all wonder how we managed to sail past such a great spot so many times. The restaurant is a friendly place and deserves it’s success. Sit under the shade of the trees with a cold drink and admire the view, or if you’re feeling ... Read more
    12: Wed6
    • Selimiye Once a sleepy village, Selimiye has become a place to be seen, with an up market feel attracting well heeled Turks from far afield. It’s kept it’s charm though and with a good choice of restaurants and several mini markets one wonders how it ever coped before the quay was extended. Selimiye has also welcomed home ... Read more
    13: Thu7For those that want a restaurant head for
    • Turgut / Turgutkoy / Turgut Koyu Nestled between Orhaniye and Selimiye, Turgut is often missed by yacht charter crews. The beach and surrounding restaurants will provide for your needs but the real attractions are inland near the village. A short taxi ride or a 20-30 minute walk will take you in to rural Turkey. Here you’ll find Turgut’s ice cool waterfalls, the ruins of ... Read more
    If you refer a night at anchor why not try
    • Bencik Koyu Bencik Koyu is a long narrow inlet on the north side of the Hisaronu Gulf. It offers excellent shelter and is an ideal spot for those fancying a night at anchor. The inlet is lined with pines and quite scenic the the water may not be quite as clear as you’ve seen elsewhere. There are several ... Read more
    14: Fri2
    • Orhaniye / Keci Buku This large bay has become a base for several charter companies, encouraged by the development of the marina. For marina-phobics there are several other restaurants with their own quays clustered at the end of the bay. The cost of using the marina has resulted in a number of the charter companies basing themselves at the restaurants ... Read more
    15: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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