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 towns such as Datca 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 some great sailing.

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

There’s just the one at present:

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

    Datca Flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Easy            Departs from: Saturdays from Fethiye        Nearest airport: Dalaman

    Starts: Alternate weeks from July to September

    2020 Dates and Route Map
    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Datça - 2 weeks4th 18th1st 15th 29th12th
    View the Datca flotilla on a map

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

    Datca Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average17Note: 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: Sun12
    • 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
    3: Mon36
    • 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
    4: Tue17
    • 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
    5: Wed13
    • 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
    6: Thu15
    • 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
    7: Fri16
    • 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
    8: Sat7
    • 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
    9: Sun17
    • 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
    10: Mon16
    • 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
    11: Tue30
    • Ekincik 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
    12: Wed8
    • 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
    13: Thu23
    • 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
    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.

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