There are few nicer places to cruise in crystal clear warm waters than in the Eastern Mediterranean. The region commonly referred to as the Eastern Mediterranean includes the Aegean and its Greek Islands. There are regular direct flights into Bodrum in South West Turkey from most regions of Europe and the Middle East. It is just a short step to climb aboard one of the Blue Cruises from Bodrum to enjoy a relaxing holiday, swimming, catching the sun and savouring the fine cuisine.
There is no need to hurry. The whole point of a holiday is to relax and your port of embarkation has much to enjoy before you set sail. Bodrum’s history dates back centuries; it was a village settlement in the 5th Century BC and an ancient Greek city where one of the Ancient Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Mausolus once stood in the harbour. It is long gone but that does not mean that there are no examples of the history and culture of the region worth visiting. The Castle is an obvious example. It was built in the 15th Century from much of the stone from the Mausoleum by the Knights Hospitaller who ultimately surrendered as the Ottoman Empire was founded. However, it remains one of the finest examples of Crusader architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean.
When you take a Blue Cruise you are guaranteed an experienced crew that not only know the waters well but they will happily cater for your every need. There are some obvious places that you may want to visit. Forget the stories about Turkey and Greek relations at government level. There is no animosity between the countries at the local level and the nearby Greek island of Kos is a chance to experience a little of Greek life during your holiday. The Island is very close and all your captain will do as you approach is to raise a Greek flag and you will be very welcome.
The Delightful Environment
One of the prime reasons for enjoying a holiday on a charter is the ability to explore areas away from other tourists. There are quiet coves and beaches on this peninsula even in the height of summer. You can decide when you want to stop for a swim and even fish for the evening’s barbeque. Meals are a delight. The fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and olive oil from the Turkish mainland ensure you will enjoy healthy and tasty food, perhaps washed down with a beer or glass of wine? Your captain will happily sail to different parts of the peninsula as you wish:
- Gumusluk has grown from a fishing village to a small town which has an annual music festival. It has attracted sculptors and artists whose work you might like to investigate.
- The Saturday market in Turgutreis is atmospheric; a chance to stock up on fruit and vegetables as well as barter for local crafts.
- Bitez Beach is just one of many on the Peninsula.
- Yalikavak is a deep marina where you might like to drop anchor.
Once you decide on a sailing holiday in these wonderful seas you are guaranteed a holiday to remember. Many have enjoyed such an experience before and will do again.