Sailing and boating in Turkey
Discover the biggest ports in Turkey like Marmaris and Setur marina and read the most important sailing information for skippers.
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The Turkish coastline is worth visiting as they have beautiful beaches with clear waters. Turkey has the second largest number of beaches that were awarded the ‘Blue Flag’, which is given to beaches and marinas with excellent water quality, great services and environmental safety. Apart from the seaside resorts on the Turkish Riviera, you can visit the historical sights of the country in Istanbul, Ankara and Troy. The weather is usually sunny and the temperature is mild with occasional rainfalls.
Sailing conditions in Turkey
Turkey has an exceptionally long season of sailing, from April to November, and sailing conditions are great with some northwestern winds. To sail in Turkey, you need to have the necessary experience with yachts of similar size, and every skipper chartering a yacht must hold an approved skipper licence. Most restaurants there won’t charge for mooring, but in the bigger marinas like Netsel and Marmaris you need to pay about 50-100 euros depending on the size of your sailboat.
Major Ports of Turkey
Here are some of the biggest ports of the region we recommend visiting.
Setur Kalamis & Fenerbahce Marinas
These two adjacent big, modern blue flagged marinas are located on the Southern coast of Bosphorus, in the lively district of Kadikoy. You could find many good quality restaurants near to the marina. Setur marina has a good infrastructure and can host 750 boats. There is a sailing school nearby (Kalamis Yelken Kulübü).
One of the youngest marinas of Istanbul, Viaport Marina is located on the Asian side of Istanbul in Tuzla. The big, modern and well equipped marina offers a high quality vacation for visitors, top restaurants, cafes that are easily accessible. Accommodation can be found on the islets that have been built on the sea. The marina has an amusement center. The Aquarium worth a visit but you can also opt out for a ride on the highest roller coaster in Turkey.
This big, modern marina is situated 8 km away from the city center. The marina, which is part of a huge tourism complex in Marmaris, hosts many of the largest and most well-known mega and super yachts of the world throughout the year. The marina has restaurants, a swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, jacuzzi, volleyball field, and sea swimming platform to offer. They also offer lifting and launching up to 300 tons.
Marinturk İstanbul City Port Marina
This well-equipped, modern, big marina is situated in the lively district of Pendik, Istanbul, on the Asian side, just two miles away from the Prince Islands to the West and opposite of Kadikoy on the Marmara Sea. The port provides many services (diving, laundry, mooring, business center), and it is also said to be the centre of Turkish Yachting. Restaurants and hotels are within walking distance on the coastal streets, shopping streets are near to the Pendik train station.
Marmaris Netsel Marina
This big, modern and really prestigious marina is located in the Eastern Mediterranean, next to Marmaris. It is only a 2-minute walk to the center. Netsel marina has a total of 720 berths that are suitable for yachts up to 90m. It is a well-protected marina, one of the safest shelter against bad weather conditions. Shopping center, market, car rental, Input-Output (Cruising Permit) operations, ATM, Marmaris International Yacht Club (MIYC) are just some of the services that visitors have access to in the port. Restaurants are within a 5 minutes walking distance.
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