Marmaris

Marmaris gulet itineraries

Marmaris is an unappealing and over-developed place that nevertheless makes an excellent embarkation point for gulets. The daily ‘legs’, that said, do tend to be a little longer than itineraries out of Bodrum as there’s not quite the choice of anchorages whichever direction one heads, at least for the first couple of days.

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Gulets either make southwest to round the Loryma Peninsula, exploring the wealth of bays and coves northwards from Söğüt and Bozburun towards Selimiye and Datça. But my preference is to head east, passing the famed Iztuzu Beach and river delta at Dalyan (a splendid outing in a rented caique in its own right) for the cruising waters of Fethiye Bay. This is an area famously rich in islands, coves, and waterside ruins like the monastic settlement at Gemiler. Gemiler is about as far as week-long itineraries get, assuming they terminate back in Marmaris; there’s much to be said for arranging a one-way itinerary and an alternative embarkation, say at Kaş, so as to reach idyllic areas like Kekova.

   

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