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Discover towering cliffs and secret coves, deserted bays and sandy beaches on a sailing holiday in Turkey.

A sailing holiday is the only way to discover the beautiful coastline of Turkey. The scenery is breathtaking and the hospitality and warmth of the Turkish people will impress you. Keen sailors will enjoy the reliable winds and choice of sailing itineraries whilst families and less experienced crews will appreciate the many sheltered bays along the Turkish coast which encourage you to stop for swimming and snorkelling in clear turquoise water. There will be no fighting for a place in a busy harbour as most nights you will moor your yacht at a wooden jetty built by the restaurant in the bay, meaning you can take full advantage of the reliable afternoon winds and stay out sailing until early evening.

Sailing areas in Turkey

  • Overview

    Fethiye Marina


    Cold Water Bay


    Lycian Rock Tombs

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    22 Fathom Cove

    • Reliable winds, secluded bays & warm hospitality
    • Ancient rock tombs give a nod to the rich Turkish history
    • Family run restaurants can be found hiding in secluded bays
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Meander from bay to bay or venture further west for stronger winds
    • Lighter winds makes this area very family friendly
    • For a fun & sociable holiday choose the Fethiye flotilla
  • Gulf of Fethiye

    Gulf of Fethiye sailing holidays

    Enjoy a relaxing sailing holiday in the sheltered Gulf of Fethiye where the secluded bays, rich history, reliable winds and great selection of yachts are sure to win you over.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2'

Sailing holiday experiences in Turkey

Yacht Charter Sailing Holidays in Turkey

Yacht charter

Charter an extensive range of sailing yachts and catamarans along the southern "Turquoise coast" - Fethiye & Gocek.

Yacht charter

Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Turkey


Flotilla sailing holidays are a great way to discover this exciting cruising area. We offer a flotilla in Turkey from Fethiye.


Learn to Sail Sailing Holidays in Turkey

Learn to Sail

RYA courses are available from Gocek so you can learn to sail while enjoying a sailing holiday in the sun.

Learn to Sail

Crewed Yacht Sailing Holidays in Turkey

Crewed Yachts

Fully crewed Turkish gulets are great fun for larger groups of 8 to 20 people.

Crewed Yachts

"We have just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks sailing from Fethiye. It was easily the best experience we have had with perfect sailing weather throughout. The area around Fethiye Bay is lovely and there is plenty of historic and natural interest as well as beautiful clear water for swimming and great food. Our flotilla leaders, Mike and Debbie are the best we have come across and have to sing their praises! They have so much sailing experience and an excellent knowledge of the local area where they have developed good relationships with local people, that helped to make our visits to restaurants etc even better. We will definitely be visiting Turkey again-would love to sail with Mike and Debbie again-but have been impressed with the maturity, experience and humour of other Nautilus leaders on other trips as well, so, as they say, we'll be back!"

Fethiye flotilla 2016 - M.O.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.