Asian mystery fuses with European flair in the birthplace of great civilisations
From slender minarets and ancient domes that punctuate the endless violet sky to fertile plains planted with cotton, grapes, and olives, Turkey is a country that warmly embraces its east-meets-west origins. Walk the steps of the Silk Road Traders, Julius Caesar, and Alexander the Great to discover ancient ruins, dazzling harbours, and vibrant cities alive with energetic street life.
The cruising grounds of Turkey’s southern coastline, known as The Turquoise Coast, are a justifiably popular luxury yacht charter destination. Dramatic and diverse, its hidden coves, rustic villages, and picturesque settings combine with modern luxury in the regions hottest boutique hotels that are scattered along the coast. Lapped by warm, transparent waters that play host to abundant marine life, it is also the perfect place to explore beneath the waterline.
Istanbul, the vivacious capital, is quintessentially Eastern and bursting with Byzantine treasures. Specifically, it is home to many glittering mosques, ruched velvet night-spots, smart hotels, and beautiful vistas. Visitors are able to plunge into bazaars redolent with rich spices and explore the spectacular Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and breath-taking frescoes of the Chora Museum.
Beyond the beach, the old quarter of Kaleici captivates locals and visitors alike, while in a nearby Roman amphitheatre during June and July the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival get underway. Along the coast, Bodrum beckons with its whitewashed houses and riot of bougainvillea, the city’s twin bays making it a magnet for yachtsmen, while history aficionados will find Roman Ephesus a revelation.
The lively resort town of Marmaris is known as Turkey’s yachting capital and rests on one of the world’s largest harbours, a sweeping bay backed by majestic mountain peaks. Discover its secluded paradise islands, snorkel in the clear waters, and explore mysterious phosphorus caves before heading into the jungle for and off-road trek.
Long considered one of the best sailing spots in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Gocek is home to four of the main Turkish marinas. The bustling port is a registered area of special protection and, as such, has remained a charming fishing village without being tarnished by tourist resorts. Turkey’s intoxicating allure and varied attractions make it as beautiful as it is vibrant, ensuring pleasure and relaxation wherever visitors find themselves roaming.
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