Cultural Immersion while sailing in Turkey
Little do people know that the history of the TURKISH COAST is not Turkish...it is 95% GREEK, and going back you will find a noticable presence of the Romans, before the Greeks, the Lycians and other indigenous tribes. This coast, south of Marmaris, is where you find the beautiful ruins, in particular around the Fethiye Bay and just further SE, on Gemiler Island. Nearby Kayakoy is also a very interesting place to visit -an "abandoned city" with a pecuilar history, described in the book "Birds Without Wings".
These places and others are part of the spectacular Turkish coast which we know well; I began sailing in these waters in 1995 and take guests there every year, aboard PWYLL, the 44' sailing yacht on which I live, 6 months of the year. I love the gentle and so hospitible culture of this costal area of Turkey. Sailing from port to port you can enjoy the beauty of the coastline, the freedom of sailing, and the wonderful culture of the quiet coastal villages.
I start my trips in Marmaris for convenience, - but it also has a good market and baazar worth a visit before setting sail.
Most of the time will be spent in "out of the way" places, quiet ancorages, tiny harbors, small villages and towns.
16 years of experience living and sailing in this area of Turkey has given me the oppoturnity to learn and to love this culture. This is what I share with the guests that come to sail aboard PWYLL for 10-13 days, to experience The Turkish Coast and living the sailing life. This area was actually more Greek than Turkish until 1921, I highly recommend the book mentioned above to understand the recent history of this area, it is quite unique.
If you want to come to Turkey to experience this beautiful culture, this is the best way to do it; live a board my sailing yacht, enjoy the freedom and comfort of living on Pwyll as we do as live-aboard sailors, learn about the Turkish people, we have our favorite stops and know many people along the way. Visiting in a yacht, you are not a tourist, you are a traveler.
Interested in learning to sail? You can do it at your leisure as we sail along the coast, the winds are quite gentle here. Trips are in May and September, to avoid the heat.
Our itinerary will normally include these stops: CIFLIK, DALAYAN, EKINCEK, FETHIYE COVES, GOCEK, and coves along the penninsula extending north from Marmaris, an area still quite inaccessable by road.
What is it like to walk among 1000 year old ruins - no crowds, no hassles? What is it like dive off of the boat into crystal clear blue waters, and there are NO dangers here!? What is it like to be at the helm of a 44' yacht? What is it like to gaze into an inky black sky at infinite numbers of stars? You will know, when you sail aboard PWYLL along the Turkish coast.
Contact me to learn more or discuss a possible trip.