Lycian Coast (West): Ports

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Cleopatra’s Bay / Ruin Bay The south west corner of Gocek Bay, opposite the Wall Bay restaurant, is home to be what are claimed as the remains of Cleopatra’s Bath House. Until the purges of the late 1990’s there was a pretty restaurant here boasting one of the most rickety jetties in Turkey (and that’s saying something)! The restaurant was run by Rajip, one ... Read more
  • Ekincik & Dalyan This large bay is a popular stop for those heading between Marmaris and Gocek Bay and also provides the base for the popular boat trip to the famous Turtle Beach and Dalyan village. Ekincik village itself is rarely seen – it’s on the far side of the bay away from the yacht moorings provided by the ... Read more
  • 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
  • Gocek Once a small village of no importance, Gocek is now a major hub for sailors thanks to it’s proximity to Dalaman airport, 25 minutes drive away. It’s still small, but has a good selection of mini markets around the square and along the main street. Restaurants and bars fill the tree lined esplanade, but you can ... Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tersane A delightful spot with the shallow waters at the edge giving the air of a blue lagoon. The restaurant ashore seems to suffer mixed fortunes though it was open when I was last there, albeit without a jetty. This is surprising as it’s a popular spot, though many of the visitors during the day are trip ... Read more
  • 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
  • Wall Bay In the far south west corner of Gocek Bay is the Wall bay restaurant, run by the family that some years ago used to run the now demolished restaurant round the corner in Deep Bay. Set amongst the trees, it’s a shady spot. Food is cooked on a traditional open fire. As is usual around Gocek ... Read more