Lycian Coast (East): Ports

Descriptions of sailing destinations on the eastern 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. (This section is still in preparation – where there’s no text below, I’ve not yet documented that port).

  • 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
  • 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
  • Gemiler The island of Gemiler is home to numerous ruins dating back to the 4th Century. Excavations have only begun in recent times but have already revealed an impressive mosaic pavement. Who knows what more will emerge in the coming years. You can anchor just off the island and there’s a small admission fee if you go ... Read more
  • Kalekoy Dominated by it’s castle overlooking the bay, Kalekoy is a small village with no road connection. The several restaurants each have their own quay and all have electricity and showers. It’s a great walk up to the castle through the rustic village, with several mini markets on the way if you need to provision. There is ... Read more
  • Kalkan The port is relatively young, dating from the 19th century. The small town is now a tourist haven though not greatly commercialised and very quiet during the day when most visitors head out to the beaches. Just east of the harbour is a pebbled beach but a 10 minute taxi ride takes you to sandy Kaputas ... Read more
  • Karacaören Tucked behind some rocks on the west side of Gemiler Bay, this is a great spot for some snorkelling and swimming and the family run restaurant is a friendly place. There’s often a better choice of fish here than many other places nearby and unlike many of the Gocek Bay restaurants they have showers! Read more
  • Kas Built on the site of the Lycian town of Antiphellos, the amphitheatre from that time remains well preserved. Kas however has moved on and has become something of an activity centre, with scuba diving, paragliding, sea kayaking, white water rafting, jeep safari’s and mountain biking all on offer. For the more sedate, the winding cobbled streets ... Read more
  • Kastellorizo / Kastelorizo You’re more likely to visit this Greek island when sailing in Turkey – it’s much closer to the Turkish coast than it is to any other Greek territory. The island has been hotly fought over for centuries with the castle after which the island takes it name having been knocked down and rebuilt several times. There ... Read more
  • Oludeniz / Olu Deniz If you’ve only seen one postcard of Turkey, you’ll probably have seen a picture of Oludeniz. This long sandy beach with it’s lagoon at the north end is a popular beach resort though many of the hotels are in the village inland. The beach is sufficiently large it never seems over crowded, though resist the urge ... Read more
  • Ucagiz What can you say about a place whose name means three mouths! Like its nearby neighbour Kalekoy, Ucadiz always looks a bit ramshackle to me but it’s just the way it’s built! Hopefully is will last better than the settlement nearby that sunk and slipped in to the bay in the second century. You can still see ... Read more