Göcek, Turkey, a small corner of paradise
An archipelago located in the north-western enclave of the Gulf of Fethiye, Göcek is an atypical and lively seaside village. One of the most visited marinas in Turkey, it is ideally located between creeks, mountains, and forests. It has also preserved over the years all its tranquility and authenticity. Without a doubt, Göcek is one of the must-see destinations to add to your cruise itinerary in Turkey. When you think of this place, the word “tranquility” comes immediately to mind. Surrounded by bays, majestic mountains and pine forests, the port of Göcek is a popular destination for sailors.
Holiday in Göcek
Mass tourism has not taken hold of this picturesque village. In Göcek, the landscape is not damaged by the construction of a multitude of hotels. The buildings are no more than two stories high, so the authenticity of the village is preserved. You will also find some bars in the village. However, if you are escaping the hectic nightlife, Göcek is the place for you. Local regulations require the music to be turned down after 11.30pm so that it cannot be heard outside.
Blue Voyage in Göcek
“Blue Voyage” means sailing on the Turkish coast, discovering its incredible islands and its Mediterranean landscapes. That includes thousands of breathtaking coves and beaches with crystal clear waters and archeological ruins that will tell you the story of ancient civilizations.
Göcek is one of the first places that come to mind when you think about the blue voyage. The most known reason for this is the geographical location of Göcek. The small islands and calm bays that you will come across along Göcek Bay provide an unforgettable blue voyage experience. Thanks to yacht and boat charter opportunities or daily boat tours, you can stay alone with the magnificent nature of Göcek.
Göcek Bays you should not pass by
Cleopatra’s Bay (Hamam Bay)
Cleopatra’s Baths Bay has dark blue water that turns turquoise when you swim in it. During your cruise in Göcek, we recommend you to visit this mystical place. Legend has it that when Cleopatra’s arrival was announced, people wanted to build a Roman bathhouse for her as an offering.
It is even said that this water was the source of Cleopatra’s beauty. If you visit this legendary place and bathe in the waters of the bay, you will be able to see the ruins of the marine baths.
A beautiful swimming area with its fine sand and clear sea. Sarsala Bay, which is not known to everyone, is the first choice of those who want a quiet and calm time. If you’re going to enjoy the sea, sand, and sun in a secluded way, you should visit the bay at a distance.
Offering a cultural feast with its historical structure, Göbün Bay is famous for the ruins known to belong to the late Byzantine period. In this bay, which resembles an open-air museum with ancient ruins and rock tombs, you can find traces of different cultures. Home to pine and olive trees, Göbün Bay, is also perfect for nature walks. You can have a pleasant meal in the restaurants on the beach or spend time in the clear waters of the bay.
Hiring a boat is a must for everyone that wants to visit Göcek.
The seaside village, which you can reach by air, road, and sea, has the natural beauties that everyone desires. If you want to stay for a longer time, you can always stay in a hotel. But, if you think that staying in a fixed place is not for you, you can charter a yacht and spend every night in a different bay.
Traditional Turkish boat- Gulet
For a more unique experience, “Blue Voyage” implies exploring Turkey in gulet. A traditional gulet is a kind of boat made out of wood that reminds us of the pirate boats.
The gulets used to be chartered with a crew that would typically include a captain, a deckhand, a chef, and a hostess, and these are characterized for giving an exclusive service providing food and drinks on board. Therefore, this trip becomes an excellent alternative to the traditional hotel vacations but with the advantage of being able to discover amazing retreats daily while being in pure contact with nature. A gulet sailing week in Göcek is a perfect kind of holiday for a group of friends or families with kids.