Bodrum is the ideal starting point for sailing the Aegean coast of Turkey. The Gökova Gulf is acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe. With abundant sunshine, crystal clear waters, continuous blue skies and good anchorages, this coast offers many diversities. There are many unspoiled areas rich in natural beauty.
Wherever you may come from, and however old you may be, after a week or two afloat in this scenic wonderland, you will become of one heart with the beauty and serenity of nature.
Departing Bodrum, you really do leave civilisation behind and enter a world of pine clad mountains falling precipitously to the waters edge, blue and turquoise coloured seas and the remnants of ancient civilisations waiting to be explored.
Within the Gulf of Gokova are various bays, coves and inlets that sport nothing more than a jetty and a restaurant. There are several bays on the northern coast, including Cokertme, Akbuk and Alakisla Buku, but it is the south east of the gulf where you will find a treasure trove of small anchorages and bays. Of note are Yedi Adalari (in particular, 'Amazon Creek') and Kargili Buku.
Make sure you visit Cleopatra's Island. You can experience great snorkelling, swim ashore and visit the famed sands of Cleopatra's beach - the sand is white and fine, some geologists argue that these sands originated from north Africa and others say they are from Turkey. The legend goes that Cleopatra so loved the Turkish coastline that she frequented these shores often and that Mark Anthony brought the sands found on this beach from north Africa for her as a gift.