Turkey could be considered a very large peninsula, with the Black Sea to the north, the Aegean Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Turkey is inextricably linked with the water and its seafaring history spans thousands of years. The earliest culture in present-day Turkey began as far back as 6000 B.C., steadily evolving as the roots of modern civilization took hold in the Middle East. Among the most advanced of the early peoples of Turkey were the Lycians. They occupied the mountainous, heavily forested, and cliff-lined shores of the Mediterranean Sea roughly between Antalya and the Dalyan River. To the west was the land of the Carian people. Today, the Lycian Coast is one of the least crowded cruising grounds in the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful. Pine-studded shores, sheer cliffs, beaches (some with pink sand from pulverized coral), numerous coves and bays, and ancient ruins are among the attractions of a Fethiye cruising vacation.
Season: This charter destination is closed from November 12 - April 15.
Cruising in Fethiye
A Fethiye yacht charter vacation on Turkey’s Lycian Coast is a journey through a Mediterranean paradise. The passages between islands are mostly short, providing plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures of tranquility on the water as well as for sojourns ashore to explore, sample the local cuisine, and to sit idly with a cocktail at a café to soak in the wonders of Turkey. The cruising season runs from April 15 through November 15, with an average of 10 hours of sunlight every day. Gentle and warm winds seldom exceed 15 knots. Morning sea breezes and afternoon land breezes are the norm. The only exception to the tame winds is the summer meltemi, which can blow strongly from the northwest or west-northwest, especially in July and August at its maximum. The tidal range is just one to two feet and therefore tidal currents are not a concern. Average temperatures during the cruising season range between 74°F and 80°F. A Fethiye yacht charter is well within the reach of captains who have basic skills in coastal navigation.
A Fethiye cruising vacation is distinctly historic in character. It couldn’t help but be otherwise in a region so steeped in the past, evidence of its history just about everywhere in the form of ancient ruins and tombs ensconced amid the tall pines that line the shores and crowd the hills of the Lycian Coast. But a Fethiye yacht charter is also all about the onboard experience. Within the bays and around the islands are some of the best cruising grounds in the entire Mediterranean Sea, with sandy beaches ideal for swimming and snorkeling, snug anchorages, and picturesque harbors where restaurants can usually be found. The waters of the Lycian Coast are so beautiful, shimmering in the bright sunlight as a gentle warm wind fills the sails, that they are responsible for the area’s nickname: Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, quite fitting for such a splendid and special place to explore aboard a graceful yacht.