Carian Coast: Ports

Descriptions of sailing destinations on the Carian Coast, Turkey, in alphabetical order. Click the name to see full details. These give detail of what to see and do, and the facilities ashore.

  • Akbuk Koyu (Gokova Gulf) A beautiful tree lined bay in a superb setting at the foot of the mountains. The bay is ringed by a long beach, unfortunately not sand but still a great launch spot for a dip in the cool green waters. One suspects that before the yachts came there was nothing here but a few fishing boats ... Read more
  • Akyarlar Koyu This small resort on the south west corner of the Bodrum peninsula is one of the nicer places in the area. Akyarlar is a market town with a small but decent beach (though it does get crowded). A cobbled street leads down from the coast road, lined with shops and ending with an array of ... Read more
  • Amazon Creek / Kucukgunluk Koyu This charming inlet offers a beautiful, tranquil and well sheltered anchorage. It is devoid of habitation except for the camp site. The camp site’s restaurant and bar are open to visitors, as are the showers, toilets and camp site shop. And that’s all there is by way of civilisation, which is really the attraction of ... Read more
  • 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
  • Bitez / Agacli Koyu Bitez sits in a large bay ringed by a long crescent shaped beach. The beach is lined with restaurants, cafes, bars and the occasional shop. The village itself is separated from the beach by olive and citrus groves. The village is a laid back resort with pensions and small family hotels rather than the dense multi storey ... Read more
  • Bodrum Bodrum is a popular tourist destination, though many visitors will rarely leave their resorts scattered around the peninsula. In the town itself, there’s plenty to see from cultural attractions such as the Castle, Mausoleum and Amphitheatre, to the many shopping opportunities in the bazaar and elsewhere. The place heaves with restaurants and bars though as is often ... Read more
  • 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
  • Bozburun Channel As you head up the channel towards the town of Bozburun, there are a couple of mooring options. At the southern end, on the east side is the Hotel Aphrodite which has it’s own jetty. A long wooden terrace provides a sunbathing platform and a dining area for the restaurant. On the west side is an ... Read more
  • 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
  • Cokertme Set amongst pines and olive groves this tiny village boasts three restaurants. The small carpet shop actually makes them on the premises so you can see the skill and care involved. It’s a great place for a swim. Although the beach is pebbles rather than sand, there’s plenty of it, and being well off the main ... Read more
  • 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
  • Degirmen Buku / English Harbour & Okluk Koyu A lush green sloped bay which offers great shelter. The popular anchorage at English Harbour is uninhabited, but on the opposite side of the bay there are a couple of restaurants in the Okluk Koyu inlet. It’s a very tranquil spot but for the more energetic, as well as being a great place for a swim ... Read more
  • 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
  • Kameriye Adasi / Camellia Island This small island, just west of the entrance to Selimiye Bay, is the site of a number of Byzantine ruins, including a church and monastery. The church was apparently going to be restored a few years back but looked unchanged when I passed by in late 2012 (though I didn’t have time to go ashore). Other ... Read more
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  • Kargili Koyu / Longoz This small creek is full of character, taking you right in amongst the woods. There’s nothing here but a tiny restaurant which serves food from a barbecue. Take a stroll through the woods but don’t get lost! This really does feel like the back of beyond, but in a nice way. Read more
  • Knidos Boasting two amphitheatres and other significant ruins including the remains of several temples, Knidos is a major historic site. For a small entrance fee you can wander the well labelled remains at your leisure. Those must have been heady days; today, apart from the ruins, a jetty and a restaurant, there’s nothing else here, though it’s ... Read more
  • Kormen It’s all change at Kormen. Previously little more than a dock for the ferry from Bodrum, with a lone restaurant, big things are promised in the shape of a new marina. And unlike many planned developments one hears about, it seems this one is actually happening. Work is reported to be under way with a planned opening ... Read more
  • Kumlu Buku This large beach lined bay offers several restaurant options, though as often the case in Turkey, the quays are provided by the restaurants so you have to chose before you tie up. Notable for being different is the Yacht Club which offers Chinese food, perhaps not what you went on holiday for but a welcome change ... Read more
  • Kuruca Buku & Ciftlik The long pine lined beach of this pretty anchorage provides a great spot for some sunbathing and swimming. A short walk across the spit at the west side of the bay, reveals Ciftlik bay, with an up market chalet resort and camp site amongst the trees. There’s at least one restaurant on the beach and there’s ... Read more
  • Kuzbuku Kuzbuku is in the Hisaronu Gulf, between the bays of Selimiye and Sailor’s Paradise. It’s another classic “one restaurant” bay, the Kuzbuku Yacht Club having opened in 2014. The newly build restaurant and jetty has already proved popular with flotilla and bareboat charter yachts alike. You can dine outdoors on the terrace, or  in the shade ... Read more
  • 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
  • Marmaris Marmaris is a popular holiday destination, for both beach holidays and yacht charter. Arriving by sea the view isn’t promising with high rise hotels lining the beach. Fortunately the town centre and the main marina are at the far end so you need not see any more of the “Costa del” style development for the ... Read more
  • Mersincik Mersincik is a bay at the north west end of the Datca pensinsula. The bay offers fairly good shelter if you’re lucky enough to get a spot at the west end, less so in the middle of the bay where there can be some swell. So in calm weather it’s fine as a night stop but otherwise ... Read more
  • 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
  • Ova Buku / Hayit Buku A lovely spot with a sandy beach, rocks to snorkel around and a great restaurant, run by one of the area’s characters, Ogun. The restaurant offers more variety than most including fresh fish caught by Ogun’s cousin. You may get some free post dinner games thrown in too. These may involve someone getting wet, though ... Read more
  • Palamut The village is named after a local fish, which we would call Bonito. Though it boasts a number of guest houses, other than yachtmen, most visitors are Turks. Many yachts that call here are refugees from Knidos who appreciate the more sheltered moorings. Once tied up you can relax on board or head to the long ... Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • Serce Limani A stunningly pretty inlet, voted best stop of the trip by my crew on my last visit. The one restaurant, Captain Nemo’s, offers fairly standard fare but the setting is delightful and the owner is a character (though husbands are advised to place a guard around their wives). Though there’s a road in to the bay, ... Read more
  • 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
  • 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
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