From Marmaris, a week exploring Datça peninsula

Departing from Marmaris in Turkey this yacht cruise is ideal for those who want a glimpse of the real Turkey. Among the mountains of the Bozburun Peninsula, rural life goes on in much the same way as it did fifty or even a hundred years ago.

Depart Marmaris

Marmaris itself is a busy town with a vibrant nightlife. After stowing your luggage on the gulet, why not take the opportunity to mingle with the crowds, do some shopping, and take your pick of the many bars and restaurants?

Turunç, Kadırga

After breakfast on board, we’ll set sail on the first leg of our journey, landing at the secluded bay of Turunç. Swim in the calm, clear waters off this pristine beach, surrounded by cliffs, or have lunch in the intimate atmosphere of the waterfront restaurant.

We’ll move on to Kadırga, where we’ll spend the night. The bay’s three inlets ensure privacy. Explore the surrounding area with its olive groves, or simply relax on deck with a drink until it’s time to dine.

Çiftlik, Serçe Limanı

The small, circular bay of Çiftlik, our first destination on Day 3, is ideal for snorkelling. Whether you’re a novice or an old hand, you’ll find the warm, clean waters inviting. Serçe Limanı, our overnight stop, is uninhabited territory, although a few small restaurants cater to visitors.

Incirli Ada, Bozburun

If you’ve enjoyed your previous experiences with snorkelling, you’re in for a treat when we reach the island of Incirli Ada on Day 4. You’ll have all morning to explore this rocky little isle, perhaps looking for the figs which give it its name.

After lunch, we’ll move on to the town of Bozburun with its picturesque harbour. Boatbuilding is one of Bozburun’s main industries, and gulets like ours are constructed here. Try the local thyme honey, prized throughout Turkey and sure to be a hit as an unusual souvenir.

Dirsek Koyu, Datça

We’ll spend the night in Bozburun, crossing the Hisarönü Gulf the following morning after breakfast, and arrive in Dirsek Koyu in time for a swim before lunch. The waters here are a kaleidoscope of different hues, seen at their best from the mountain slopes above. You can also spot the remains of an ancient quay, now sunk under the sea.

Datça, our port for the night, consists of a single street linking the town’s two bays and beaches. There’s plenty to do along this strip, with its shops, bars and restaurants. Fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables are on sale, along with honey, olives, and the almonds which are a great regional delicacy.

Çiftlik Koyu

From Day Six, we turn back towards the starting point and head east. This will be a leisurely day, mooring at Çiftlik Koyu before lunch and remaining overnight. The quiet bay is ideal for swimming, sunbathing or relaxing with a book. If you’re feeling more energetic, explore the village. This might be a good night to make yourself comfortable on deck after dark and look at the stars, or even sleep in the open air.

Bozukkale, Marmaris Boğazı

It’s an early start on Day 7, setting off around six in the morning for breakfast in Bozukkale. Catch the sunrise, and enjoy the view of the ancient citadel which guards the mouth of the bay and gives the town its name, ‘crooked castle’. It’s possible to climb up to the ruins for spectacular views across the bay. Further afield are the remains of an ancient city, Loryma.

We’ll move on to a swimming spot near Marmaris Boğazı, with its pine-clad hill and ancient ruins, before spending our last night back in the harbour at Marmaris before saying farewell after breakfast the following morning.

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