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.
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. 🙂
The alluring traits that the Gulf of Hisaronu possesses begin from its impressive natural beauty. Boasting with lush green hills and waters in the many shades of blue.
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.
This area also offers excellent trails for biking and hiking. Yoga cruises are also quite favored in this region due to the calm waters offseason; namely late September and October, May and June.
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.