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Sailing on the coast of Turkey is one of the best ways to see and discover Turkey. Lie back and watch the beautiful scenery stopping off as the fancy takes you.
Turkey is surrounded by sea to three sides, and has a coastline of over 8.000 km in length. One of the best ways to see Turkey is from the deck of a boat, where you can lie back and watch the beautiful scenery, stopping off as the fancy takes you to explore a historic site or visit a charming village.
Turkey has a wealth of world class marinas, providing excellent facilities for those who have their own yacht or who have chartered one.
The large cruise liners usually only stop off at Istanbul and Kusadasi both large ports which are perfectly situated for access to some of Turkey's most interesting historic sites.
Turkey is perhaps best known for the blue cruise, the coastal voyage on board a traditional Turkish wooden boat known as a gulet.
It all started in Bodrum with Cevat Sakir Kabaagac, who wrote a book in the middle of the last century called blue cruise in which he described his sailing around the coast of Bodrum with the local sponge fishermen. He became known as the Fisherman of Halikarnas and inspired many others to seek the pleasures which he described.
Turkey is full of isolated bays, inlets and tiny islands, some of which can only be explored from the sea so it is a great way to see the best of the coast and get away from the crowds. Those who don't like the idea of a whole week at sea, can take a day trip from most resorts. Either book through your operator or a local agency or simply go along to the harbour first thing in the morning.
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