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What Makes the Gulf of Hisaronu So Alluring for Gulet Cruising

The coastline of Turkey, from the Eastern Mediterranean all the way to the southwestern region of the Aegean present an array of breathtaking destinations for travelers. One of the ideal ways to experience the magnificence of this beauty is by hiring a gulet. While there are many other boats to charter from Turkey, somehow gulet cruising presents a more authentic and classic appeal in sailing the coast of Turkey. However difficult it may seem to decide on where to start from and visit – particularly if this is a first time gulet cruise holiday for you and your guests – you do need to start from somewhere.

gulet cruising in Selimiye
gulet cruising in Selimiye
Selimiye waterfront
Selimiye waterfront

For the most part, the seas are clean in the private bays and tucked away coves. However, based on popular feedback, the Gulf of Hisaronu has proven an allurement for blue cruise travels in the Aegean. While some may feel that the Aegean is colder than the Mediterranean, this is factually true more so in the southwestern region. The Gulf of Hisaronu is nearly borderline Mediterranean / Aegean sea. Therefore visitors can benefit from the warmer water temperatures as such in the Mediterranean of Turkey. Swimming is possible right up until the first 10 days or so of October. After which time it may feel a bit colder for some. On the other hand, we have seen people swimming in November as well. 🙂

Kizkumu beach in Orhaniye Turkey
Kizkumu beach in Orhaniye Turkey

The alluring traits that the Gulf of Hisaronu possess begin from its impressive natural beauty overall. Boasting with lush green hills and waters in the many shades of blue. The turquoise is found in the bays while the deep blues are seen while cruising in the open waters.

Hisaronu village, for Marmaris blue cruise holidays
Hisaronu village, for Marmaris blue cruise holidays

The general presence is non-commercial. You won’t find large tall buildings, high volume traffic both on land or in the waters. It’s an area that is only hours away from the lower Dodecanese islands in Greece. Popular islands include Rhodes, Symi, Nisiros, Chalki, Tilos, Kos, and other smaller islands in between. Of course not all islands in the lower Dodecanese can be visited in one week, but an ideal itinerary can be planned to see many.

Gulets in Symi Island
Gulets in Symi Island

This area also offers excellent trails for biking and hiking. Yoga cruises are also quite favored in this region due to the calm waters off season; namely late September and October, May and June.

Yoga cruises in the Gulf of Hisaronu
Yoga cruises in the Gulf of Hisaronu
Part of the Turgut waterfalls
Part of the Turgut waterfalls
Turgut village carpet house
Turgut village carpet house

The villages in the Gulf of Hisaronu are a delight to visit. It is as local as you will see in this part of Southern Turkey. Visits to the handmade carpet factory in Turgut, the charming kiosk shops in Selimiye, Kizkumu beach in Orhaniye, village houses and local village cooking in Hisaronu, gulet construction in the town of Bozburun, are some of the local sightseeing which can be experienced.

Bozburun Turkey
Bozburun Turkey
View of Bozburun shipbuilding region from a gulet currently under contruction
View of Bozburun shipbuilding region from a gulet currently under contruction

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