COVID-19 now appears to be under control across Europe, with the EU and national governments working on how to reopen their borders and start to stimulate tourism for the summer. Turkey looks like it will be one of the first countries opening up to cruising this summer, with the government announcing that it foresees activities to start as of the May 27, to be confirmed.
Should this be approved, all navigational activity will be permitted in Turkish waters from the May 27, including entry and cruising for foreign flagged vessels. The government is currently preparing a schedule to restart domestic and international flights, which will be partially re-activated as of this date, but will be subject to some restrictions.
All marinas across Turkey are disinfected daily by government-certified teams, using environmentally-friendly products protecting both the environment, humans and animals. It is compulsory for all marina staff to wear masks and gloves, and doctors carry out daily examinations.
Hotels will reopen as of May 27, complying with all health and safety requirements, while museums and tourist attractions will reopen in June.
Where to Go
Gökova & 7 Islands
Just east of Bodrum lies one of the Med’s most beautiful sailing spots, the Gulf of Gökova. With breath taking landscapes, the coast is dotted with islands and indented by coves where yachts can find secluded spots to drop anchor. We can guide you to the islands that are the quietest.
At the end of the Datça peninsula stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo as “a city that was built on the most beautiful peninsula for the most beautiful of all goddesses; Aphrodite”. Yachts can moor in one of the two ancient harbours, with one on the Aegean side and the other on the Med side. There are four beautiful bays where yachts can cruise during the day.
Sunken ruins of Kekova
The ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena is a mix of ancient, medieval and modern history. In ancient times, Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes. A place of history, turquoise water and unspoilt nature, it is a must for guests to visit.
Once a fishing village it is now home to superyachts and offers an excellent base for yachts to have all the amenities at hand. Göcek has kept all it's charm from the past and has a large number of sheltered anchorages, inlets and protected coves to anchor. The turquoise waters are surrounded by dramatic pine-clad hills, providing a spectacular backdrop.
Land based activities
For yachts who have guests who are happy to do activities off the boat, we can organise secluded hikes, paragliding and white-water rafting.
For more information and advice on cruising in Turkey this summer, email Muto at Evolution Yachting.