Beautiful coastline, friendly people, good fresh foods and delicious local wines, that could easily compete against many European vineyards. The summer is long and good weather is virtually guaranteed between May and as late as end October.
Few countries in the world have such a cultural diversity as Turkey. Spanning over two continents combining the East, the West and the Orient of today with the ancient Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and Persian empires. Turkey stands in a class of its own.
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Bodrum is the premier yachting centre in Turkey. Surrounded by wild mountains, it offers a panorama of history, mythology and spectacular scenery. Dominated by the medieval caste of St. Peter, it was the birth place of Herodotus and an important port and capital of the kingdom of Caria. The city is also home to the tomb of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, belonging to the third century B.C.
Once you leave the harbour, the vast expanse of the Gulf of Gokova stretches before you, this area alone has enough stunning places to visit for at least a week of sailing. Sehir Adalari (Snake and Castle Island) is well known for Cleopatra’s Beach, which she is believed to have made for her lover Anthony with sands shipped from North Africa. The nearby bays of Kesr, Sogut and Degirmen Buku, located in the far east of the gulf are all spectacular anchorages.
Sailing south, guarded by the Greek island of Symi, is the Gulf of Hisaronu, which means Gulf of Fortresses, a reference to the many ancient and medieval forts scattered around the hills of the Gulf. Dacta, being the largest village in the gulf and an ideal place to provision between Marmaris and Bodrum, is well worth a visit as it is still relatively untouched by tourists and very picturesque.
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Set against a backdrop of pine clad hills, Marmaris is a resort that combines natural beauty with an astounding zest for life. Famed forits nightlife, the most extravagant on the entire South coast, this developedresort offers the best of both worlds; the nightlife is unending, andnumerous clubs and bars stretch along the coast from the elegant marinato the curve of Icmeler, the smaller resort close by. On the other hand, thesurrounding countryside offers the best in culture, due to the successionof scenic roads and sympathetic villages, which lead to ancient ruins andunspoilt beaches.Perfect for all age groups, Marmaris is one of the most popular resorts inTurkey. Once you visit it, you will understand why.