Fethiye is the fastest-growing yachting base in Mediterranean Sea. The town lies in SE corner of the Gulf of Fethiye, hidden under Fethiye (Şövalye) Island. On approaching; Batıkkaya and Topyalak Burnu will be abeam on straboard, Fethiye Island, Point Çapariz and Sunken Shipwreck Buouy will be on port.There are 10-13m depths in the bay, it gradually get shelves to the east side and the shoal area is marked with two beacons. The shoreline along Point Çapariz ends by Aksaz Cove. Aksaz Cove affords all-round shelter. Boats drop anchor and swing. The bottom is muddy which provides excellent holding. You may have some difficulty rasing your anchor. It is advisable to rig a trip line on your anchor, it will make it much easier to raise. Fethiye is an entry-exit port.
Fethiye provides all-round shelter except in heavy northerlies. A long quay by the ferry port has berthing capacity up to 120 boats and it is administrated by the municipality (Phone; 252 614 35 39). Water and electricty connections are available, fuel can be obtained from a tanker truck. The quay gets crowded by excurison boats and gullets in summer. The settings behind the quay is attractive. There are several ancient Lycian rock tombs on the hillsides. The amphitheatre by the harbour, the archaeological museum in the town and abandoned village of Kayaköy (Karmylassos) are worth visiting.
All sort of provisions are available in Fethiye. The renovated, former Paspatur district has fascinating shops, bars and restaurants. Grocery and fish markets are located here. You can buy fruit, vegetable and fresh fish at reasonable prices. The public market takes place on Fridays.
Mechanical and electrical works can be carried out in the workshops in the industrial zone. Fethiye is easily accessible by air and road. There are regular bus services available for most destinations in Turkey. Dalaman Airport is 50 km from Fethiye.
Diving courses and tours are organized. There are attractive diving spots in the region.
Fethiye carries typical Mediterrenean climate conditions.
Thanks to its strategic position, Rhodes has been important since ancient times. When it became a province of the Roman, and later the Byzantine Empire, it initially lost its ancient glory. But in 1309 the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem conquered Rhodes. They built strong fortifications to protect the island, turning it into an important administrative centre and a thriving multinational medieval city. In 1523 Rhodes was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and the Greeks had to settle outside the city walls. During the Ottoman occupation, new buildings were erected within the Old Town, mainly mosques and baths. In 1912 Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese, were seized by the Italians. The new rulers embellished the city with magnificent buildings, wide roads and squares. The Palace of the Grand Master was rebuilt and the Street of the Knights was reconstructed in order to regain its medieval purity. It was not until 1948 that Rhodes officially became part of Greece. In 1988 the Medieval City of Rhodes was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
An island with rough, mountainous and verdant volumes, hills and plains where four hundred species of flowers and herbs germinate, inhabited by numerous species of rare birds (Bonelli’s eagle, hawks, nightingales, goldfinches, herons, bee-eaters etc). It has picturesque villages and charming beaches. This is the place where the last elephants of Europe lived: The dwarf-elephants appeared in the island 45,000 years ago and disappeared 4,000 years ago.
The whole island constitutes a vast ecological park and is protected by international treaties. In ancient times, Tilos was famous for its herbs and became really prosperous during the classic period. During that period the famous female poet, Irinna, lived on the island. The island extends over a surface of 63 km2, its coastline is 63 km long and it has 500 inhabitants. It can be reached by ferry from Rhodes.
Sights worth visiting
-The medieval fortress, where there are some remaining relics of the Hellenistic acropolis and the church of Archangel Michael.
-The cave Charkadio (2 km SE), where the remains of dwarf elephants have been discovered (1971). Above the cave, there is the castle of Mesaria (1366), with ruins of settlements and Byzantine churches.The Paleontology Collection is where the bones of dwarf-elephants, drafts, photographs and other informative material regarding the excavations performed in the cave Charkadio are exposed.
-The seaside village Aghios Antonios [Saint Antony] (2 km W), a harbor for fishing and trip boats.
-The Byzantine Monastery of Aghios Panteleimonas (15th century), located in a verdant area, full of giant cypresses and plane-trees (9 km SW). Some Byzantine frescos (13th century) and the woodcut temple (18th century) are saved.
Take the opportunity to visit an unspoiled destination formed by volcanic eruptions. It is rather impressive that today Nísyros is still an active volcanic centre together with the volcanic centers of Milos, Santorini and Methana!
Actually at the village of Nikia there is a “Volcanic Museum”, the only one of its kind in Greece, exhibiting samples from the most characteristic volcanic rocks of Nisyros.
Strolling along the narrow streets of beautiful Mandráki, the island’s capital and port, is a richly rewarding experience. Don’t forget to observe its colourful houses which are actually built with hewn slabs of andesite and dacite (volcanic material)!
Sandy beaches, turquoise waters, lush vegetation, ancient and medieval monuments, tree-lined wide roads, large squares, parks, a superb city plan and an extensive bicycle-only routes network are the distinctive characteristics of the third largest island of the Dodecanese, Kos! The island’s trademark is its medieval castle (Nerantziá Castle) situated at the entrance of the port. Wander along the impressive avenue with the Palm Trees, or stroll around famous squares like Platánou Square and Elefthería Square and admire legendary buildings, remains of the Italian rule.
Interested in history? Pay a visit to the ancient city of Kos and observe important archaeological finds dating back to the 4th century. Did you actually know that you can sit under the plane tree where Hippocrates himself, the Father of Medicine, used to teach his students and examine his patients? The plane tree must be over 2,500 years old, and it is in fact the oldest in Europe!
Don’t miss the 4th century Asclipiion, the Antimáhia 15th century castle with its imposing battle tower, as well as one of the most scenic villages of Kos with a distinctive traditional character, Ziá nestled amongst a dense cedar forest.
Knidos Light Tower
Fl(2) 10s 104m 14M
36°41’12”N – 27°21’48”E
Knidos lies at the farthest west of Datça Peninsula. Datça Peninsula ends by Point Deveboynu. This point is an important turning point for route changes of the vessels. When entering Knidos during the day , you can not see the Knidos light tower(Fl (2) 10s 104m 14M ) ( (36°41’12”N-27°21’48”E).
If you do see it, it means you are heading for the sunken rock breakwater. Care is needed. It is safe to keep close to the breakwater on your port side then to drop anchor in 10-12 meters in the middle and swing at anchor as it is common practice here. Severe gusts and choppy sea occurs from the strong westerlies at night. The bottom is thick weed. Make sure that your anchor is well dug in. A wooden pier extends from the head of the inlet.
Boats can anchor off with a line ashore. This pier is managed by Datça Governor (Attendant phone: 0533-2351537). Berthing capacity is 10 boats. Water and electricty are provided. A fee is charged. There is a cozzy restaurant ashore. Some provisions are available. Regular transport services are available to Datça.
Knidos is an important historical site. The anchient theatre with attractive surrounding is impressive. It is well worth climbing up to light tower for the stupendous view before sunset.
If your plan is to go northward, you should heave up your anchor early before breeze gets up to avoid cross swells and choppy sea at Deveboynu Cape.
The few who can resist the superb spectacle of the town of Symi stretching its impeccable architecture – all of the buildings there have been listed – on the slopes of the surrounding hills, take off their eyes to look at their book guides. They see the picture of the port of Symi printed on their books. They know it might have been photoshoped; in all likelihood, they expected it to be better than the real thing. Still, when they lift their eyes again to marvel at the breathtaking sight, they realise it belies their expectations: Symi is more than words or photos can say!
Bozburun is an important center and famous in the region for boat building. Quays surround the port. There are no laid moorings. Pay attention while easing your chain. Anchors are often tangled between craft lying on opposite quays. An attendant will come and help you to tie up.
The municipality manages the port. Water and electricity connections are available. A fee is charged. Fuel is obtained from truck-tanker. All provisions are found in the markets. Public market is arranged on Tuesdays.
Immigrations formalities can carried out. The authorities offices are around the port. State clinic, pharmacies, ATMs kiosk and Gendarme station are in the town zone. Regular minibus services are available to Marmaris (55 km). Dalaman Airport is 150 km from Bozburun.
There are cozy restaurants around the port, providing good food and service. Mostly fish menus are presented.
The anchorage on the eastern shore off the port is an attractive place for berthing. There are considerable depths at the head. Yachts go stern or bows-to where convenient. A number of bars and pensions are along the shore line. The sun set is magnificient under impressive settings.
Dense vegitation composed of bushes, small trees and maquis. The weather dry in summer, mild and rainy-relatively warm in winter.
Serçe Limanı lies 1.2 M on NE of Çatal Adaları. The narrow entrance (135m) of this bay between two high humped points, can not be identified from a distance. As you get closer, you can pick out the passage between steep points against the mainland behind it. Care is needed at the entry, there are reefs off the western point, extending out for about 10m.
Glass objects were excavated from an 11th century Byzantine wreck. These finding are displayed in Bodrum Museum.
Serçe Limanı is fjord-like; you get a kind of shiver at the entrance, with its huge steep rocks. The water in the bay is deep; 40 m at the entrance and 30m in the inlet.
There are two ancorages in the bay. After the entrance, the bay indents to the north and narrows-this part is called Serçe Limanı. The southern corner is Akça Limanı. The water shelves to shore on the north, dropping 10m depth in the middle. Local fishing boats occupy the shores on the west. Watch out floating laid moorings of the restaurant, which can be use if you can find one free. The bottom affords good holding and you can anchor off with a line ashore.
There is a restaurant and a buffet among the trees. You can get some limited provisions. A rough path in the valley goes to Fenaket Village (9km). Donkey tours are organized to the village. It is said that there are 41 cisterns around. 40 cisterns are already found, but the last one fully covered with gold is still missing.
Serçe Limanı is an attractive anchorage. The water is cool and very clean. The slopes are covered with olive trees. The anchorage on the south is wider. There are sufficient depths for anchoring. Drop the hook in 5-8 m with a line ashore. Akça Bay, ends in a shingle beach, and there is a restaurant ashore. There are floating moorings of the restaurant.
Serçe Limanı provides all-round shelter. When prevailing wind blows strong, it pushes swell into the bay.
Ekincik Bay is on the north shore of Port Köyceğiz. Wild, steep wooded slopes surround the bay. The shore line is a sandy beach. It is one the prettiest and most picturesque bays in the region, and best place to leave your boat when you visit anchient Kaunos.
You can arrange Dalyan excursion through boat cooperatives and communicate with them via VHF 16-06.There are several anchorages in the bay. Boats drop anchor off the beach and swing. The anchorage on the north of the pier is adequate to be tucked up. Boats can be anchored off in 5-10m. The bottom is sand-weed. It affords sheltering from the northerlies.There is a long pier on NW corner. This pier is administrated by the cooperative, allowing berthing up to 15 boats. Boats anchor fore-and aft. Water and electricty connections are available. A fee is charged. Provisions are available from the grocery shops in the village.
Fuel can be supplied from truck-tanker, it comes from Köyceğiz (35 km).The SE corner of the bay, Maden İskelesi Koyu; provides adequate shelter. Boats anchor in the S and take a line ashore. Maden means ‘ore’ in English, this bay was formerly a chromium ore loading port. A wooden pier on the east, belongs to a restaurant. There are laid moorings tailed on pier. Water and electricty connections are available. This restaurant is one the best in Mediterranean Sea, providing a variety of excellent seafood to visitors. The slopes are densely wooded in pine. The restaurant is hidden like a nest among the trees. The setting is wonderful. It is worth arriving before sunset so you can fully enjoy the tremendous view of the bay.
If you dont see this unique environment, you will miss a little bit of paradise
This creek looks like a pool. The bottom is thick weed. Boats drop anchor in 10-15m off the south or west sides and take a line ashore.
The prevailing wind blows from the strait and causes swell, but it has a welcome cooling effect in summer. A restaurant stands among the olive trees, to starboard as you enter. A wooden pier of the restaurant offers berthing capacity up to 25 boats.
A demolished wall, buit to protect ancient settlements in Kapıdağ Peninsula. It is still in good condition.
Kapı Koyu is a cool anchorage and the settings are very attaractive. The anchorages are always loaded by visitors.
Turunç Pınarı is on SE corner of Point; Şahin Burnu on E shore of the Gulf Fethiye. Pine trees line the shore. There is clear turquoise water, and ends in a sandy beach.
A cozy restaurant is hidden under attractive surroundings. There is a pier of the restaurant with berthing capacity up to 15 boats.There are laid moorings tailed on pier. Water is available and some provisions can be found from the restaurant.
There is tasty spring water under a walnut tree on the hillside.The western shoreline provides good shelter from the prevailing wind. Boats drop anchor off the beach in 20-25m and take a line ashore. Ease your chain longer, but keep some distance off the shore. There are sea-level rocks in the vicinity, but they are easily spotted.Bali massage relaxation is under the arbor.
Turunç Pınarı is not accesible by land.