Gocek – Relax In Nature’s Paradise
Gocek is a stunning marina town located on the south west coast of Turkey, 15 minutes’ drive to Dalaman International Airport, 1 hour flight to Istanbul and 3 1/2 hours flight to London.
Gocek has become an irresistible yachting destination for motor yacht & sailboat charters and the mega yachts of the rich & famous. There are 6 yacht marinas in the town with over 1,500 moorings. Gocek is surrounded by spectacular mountains, idyllic islands and breathtaking Mediterranean coastline.
In ancient times Gocek was named ‘Kalimche’ and according to legend it is in Gocek that Icarus landed in the sea after his famous flight trying to escape from the tower where he was imprisoned. Göcek was used as a harbor for ships loading chrome ore collected from the nearby mountains during the Ottoman period.
Gocek has all the amenities expected of an elite tourism marina & resort yet it maintains the charm of a tranquil fishing village. There are many excellent boutique hotels, fabulous shops and restaurants in the town. There is a local market every Sunday. Two 5 star hotel resorts, Rixos Premium Gocek and D Resort Gocek opened in 2014 and Q Lounge Restaurant & Bar at D Resort Beach opened in 2015.
There are 2 beach clubs in Gocek and many fabulous beaches nearby such as Oludeniz and Butterfly Valley. Take a daily boat trip and explore the many stunning bays and islands of Gocek. Activities in Gocek include horse riding, scuba diving, tennis, kayaking and mountain biking or simply relax with a Turkish hammam & spa.
Fethiye is a bustling tourist centre with the resort towns of Gocek, Kayakoy, Oludeniz, Calis and Saklikent all within a short drive.
The town is built between a stunning natural harbour and the spectacular Taurus Mountains. The traditional Turkish sailing boats (gulets) line the waterfront promenade along with marina cafes, restaurants & bars. There is some fabulous shopping to be found in the old town and the local market that is held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There are many things to do around Fethiye;
• Take a local fishing boat from Fethiye to the nearby picturesque Sovalye Island where there are no cars or roads. An ideal place for lunch.
• Visit the ghost town of Kayakoy, an abandoned village. In 1923, at the conclusion of the Greco-Turkish War, Kayakoy was suddenly emptied of its 6,500 Ottoman Christians and Greek Muslims in a population exchange to ensure that each country had only one main religion. The empty homes, schools and churches are now a protected museum. There are several fabulous boutique hotels and restuarants in the village.
• For the adventurous types, try kite surfing or windsurfing at nearby Calis beach.
• Spend a day at Saklikent Gorge, the second largest canyon in Europe, 300 metres deep and 18 kilometres long. A river runs through the spectacular gorge which you can walk through during the summer months or follow the mountain wall on a suspended walkway.
Oludeniz is a small village and beach resort, 15 minutes’ drive from Fethiye and 40 mins drive to Gocek.
Oludeniz is one of the most magnificent beaches in the Mediterranean. The 3km beach and natural ‘Blue Lagoon’ is part of a national nature reserve. The white sandy beaches and stunning turquoise waters are some of the most photographed in the world.
You can also take a short boat trip from Oludeniz beach to Gemiler island to visit the Byzantine ruins, or to the stunning Butterfly Valley, a wide strip of sandy beach, protruding from a narrow canyon. The beach is bordered by waterfalls and pine forests home to thousands of brilliantly coloured butterflies.
The best way to see the magnificent beaches of Oludeniz and Butterfly Valley is by tandem paragliding from the top of the 2,000m Babadag Mountain offering panoramic views of the turquoise coastline and stunning mountain ranges.
Dalyan is located between Fethiye and Marmaris, 40 minutes’ drive from Gocek.
The town is famous for its stunning 7km long Iztuzu beach, a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. In 1988 the beach was declared a special environment protection area. The turtle breeding season is from May to October.
The Dalyan Cayi river flows from Koycegiz lake through the town to Iztuzu beach. Take a boat trip down the river delta to Iztuzu beach and see the ancient Kaunos rock tombs en route. Spend time swimming and relaxing at Iztuzu beach. You may be lucky enough to see the famous Caretta turtles. Visit the natural mud baths on the banks of the river on your way back to Dalyan.
not this Dalyan is located between Fethiye and Marmaris, just 40 minutes’ drive from Gocek.
Take a boat trip from Dalyan down the river delta to the stunning 7km long Iztuzu beach and see the ancient rock tombs, built to house the dead kings of Kaunos, en route. Iztuzu beach is a famous breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. In 1988 the beach was declared a special environment protection area. The breeding season is from May to October.
Enjoy time swimming and relaxing at Iztuzu beach. You may be lucky enough to see the famous Caretta turtles. After lunch take the river boat to the natural mud baths on the banks of the river before returning back to Dalyan.
Marmaris is a popular resort town 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive from Gocek. It is known for its busy harbour and buzzing nightlife with many open-air clubs and bars.
The town has several marinas lined with traditional Turkish gulets, motor yachts and sail boats. It is a popular cruise ship and yachting destination. There are daily catarmaran and car ferry services to Rhodes. There is also a pebbly beach and long seafront promenade.
Marmaris sits in a valley surrounded by pine-forested mountains and spectacular coastline. There are many fabulous bays and islands to explore around the nearby peninsulas of Bozburun and Datca.
There is something for everyone in Marmaris from the restored castle of Suleyman the Magnificent and the charming cobblestoned old quarter to the bars and discos of Bar Street.
Kas has prospered from a small port into a major tourist destination exuding a special charm and relaxed way of life. It is located 25km from Kalkan, between Dalaman and Antalya airports.
The town is an ideal base for an adventure holiday. Kas is arguably the best place in Turkey for scuba diving with some excellent wreck dives just off shore. There are two historically important wreck sites, an airplane from WWII and a cargo ship from the 1950's. You will also find a beautiful array of fish and sea turtles around the bays. Other activities available include paragliding, trekking, mountain biking, canyoning and jeep safari.
Kas has plenty of fabulous villas and guest houses to stay. There are quaint cafes and small bars to relax after a day's scuba diving. You can also see remnants of Lycian times with a well preserved ancient theatre in the town and several rock tombs set in the surrounding mountain.
A must visit place is the nearby paradise island of Kekova. There are fabulous beaches, bays and sea caves to explore. Try sea kayaking around the island or simply relax, swim and sun bath in paradise.
Just 6km from Kas is the Greek island of Kastelorizo (or Meis) which is reachable by small ferry and worth a day trip.
Kalkan is a charming harbour town located between Dalaman and Antalya airports.
Once an Ottoman-Greek fishing village, Kalkan has grown into an exclusive tourist resort. It is a relaxing and peaceful place with a small marina and white pebble beach. The town and hillside is lined with local restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury villas.
There are many daily boat trips from the harbor visiting the idyllic islands and bays off Kalkan. Watersports include water skiing, parasailing and scuba diving. Alternatively spend a day at Kalamar Bay relaxing at the beach.
A must visit place is Patara beach, just 20 minutes’ drive from Kalkan. The 12 km beach is one of the best on the Lycian coast and a protected national park. It is a key biodiversity area with abundant birdlife and a breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle. The beach closes after sunset to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs.
There are many ancient Lycian and Roman sites to visit in the area such as Xanthos, Tlos, Letoon and Patara.
Antalya is regarded as the capital of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast, a sprawling modern city with a charming historic centre, luxury hotels, world class golf courses and dramatic sea and mountain views.
The historic centre, called Kaleici, surrounds the Roman harbour. Many buildings date back to Ottoman times and have been restored as boutique hotels, pensions and restaurants.
Antalya has several large beaches with Konyaalti beach to the west and Lara beach to the east. There are other beach resorts outside of Antalya including Side, Alanya and Kemer.
45 km east of Antalya is the luxury golf and tourism resort of Belek. There are many five star hotels and several excellent golf courses. The focus is on providing a first class service to all its guests. The facilities are fantastic with designer shops, restaurants and spas to take care of your every need.