Taking the Waters: the Gokova Gulf

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The Gulf of Gokova, which lies in south-west Turkey, is a one-hundred-kilometre-long playground for anyone who has the yearning to shake off the work blues, de-stress from the rigours of everyday life and re-boot their sense of fun. Take a week or take two weeks and do the area justice. There's no point in rushing when your entire being says, "slow down'... and if you don't see it all the first time around, there's a part of you that won't rest until you've completed the entire route. Here's what's great about the Gulf of Gokova:

+ clean, clear waters

+ marine life to photograph

+ sunsets and sunrises

+ islands and beaches

+ cute little villages

+ peaceful anchorages, far, far away from everything

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So, if you're looking for a charter destination and are tossing up whether to do the "Greek island thing" or see the Turquoise Coast of Turkey", take our advice and do both! The Gulf of Gokova is the best place to cruise if you've started your charter in Greece. If you're keen to do a double-country cruise, fly into Athens and spend a couple of days making your way across to Patmos. Once you are in Patmos, you can take a meandering itinerary that heads south through some of the Greek islands and finishes up in Bodrum.

Beautiful Bodrum is the largest city on the Gulf of Gokova and there's an airport nearby from which you can depart at the end of your journey. While you're in Greece, you'll dine out on Greek food and enjoy the music and sounds of the Greek islands... to include church bells on a Sunday... and then during the second half of your adventure, you will get to dine out in Turkey, and enjoy all the beauty of the Turkish coast — one of the world's most popular cruising grounds due to its fabulous ancient ruins and clear, turquoise-coloured waters. The Gulf of Gokova has some stunningly beautiful bays to offer, backed by thick pine forest — not often encountered in Greece: and the colours of the water will take your breath away!


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