Bodrum is an amazing spot to start your charter from. The busy town is one of the biggest yachting center and offers so many possibilities. There are fantastic bays in the area to discover, especially if you sail towards the Gulf of Gökova.
The popular holiday resort of Bodrum, called Halicarnassus in ancient times, is the South Aegean's most attractive resort. It is described by Homer as 'the land of eternal blue'. The valley of Bodrum is covered in white washed island style villas adorned with bougainvillea, the narrow streets wind up down to the sea, and the peaceful setting of its twin harbors offer a safe pristine heaven for sailors.
Bodrum is lively with tourists in summer, yet it remains unspoilt and keeps its charming Turkish character. You will enjoy the exotic bazaars, ancient history, culture and nightlife that are well known throughout Turkey.
Bodrum city was called Halicarnassus in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The landmark Bodrum Castle overlooks the harbor and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Bodrum is one of the twelve districts of Mugla province and located in the west coast of Turkey, surrounded by Aegean Sea.
The region includes the municipalities of Bodrum, Turgutreis, Ortakent, Türkbükü, Yalıkavak, Gümüşlük, Bitez, Konacık, Yalı and Mumcular.
Bodrum is one of the world’s most famous touristic places due to its improved transportation facilities.
The district’s aerial transportation is through Bodrum Milas airport which is half an hour away from the town center.
There are 3 big marinas and a cruise pier.
The first marina that was built in Bodrum is Milta marina where Rope Sail is located in the town center, the second one is D-Marin in Turgutreis and the third one is Palmarina in Yalıkavak.
Bodrum has a mixture of Aegean and Mediterranean climates. A winter average is 15 °C (59 °F) and in the summer 34 °C (93 °F), with sunny spells.
Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and mostly sunny. The most important advantage of Bodrum’s climate is there is almost no humidity in summers.
With sea temperatures ranging from 16 to 25 degrees between summer and winter, with Rope Sail Bodrum is a great location for sailing or renting sailing boats at any time of the year.
What's the best time to travel Bodrum? Here are some facts:
• The months May, June, September and October have a nice average temperature.
• Hot season / summer is in June, July, August and September.
• Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in January, February, November and December.
• Bodrum has dry periods in April, May, June, July, August and September.
• On average, the warmest month is August.
• On average, the coolest month is January.
• December is the wettest month.
• August is the driest month.
• Bodrum Castle
• World’s Second Biggest Submarine Archeology Museum
• Mausoleum of Bodrum
• Ancient Door of Myndos
• Ottoman Shipyard
• Ancient Theater
• Authentic Organic Food Bazaars
• Lively Nightlife (Halikarnas is one of the largest clubs – famous Bars Steet)
• Water Sport (snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing)
• Music and dance festivals
• Concerts in ancient theater and castle
Bodrum 1 Week Itineraries
Bodrum is an amazing spot to start you charter from. The busy town is one of the biggest yachting center and offers so many possibilities. There are fantastic bays in the area to discover.
1st day Bodrum to Gümüslük 17 nmOnce you got familiar with your yacht and its equipment you can had for the bay of Gümüslük which used to be a fishing village and therefore offers plenty of choice in seafood restaurants. You can anchor and free swing or town jetty if there is space.
3rd day Türkbükü to Iassos 15 nmIassos is another amazing location for its ancient history. There is an old watch tower at the entrance on the bay and a fortress on the hill across the quay. The concrete quay allows you to moor stern to, using your anchor. There are a few small restaurants.
4th day Iassos to Kazikli 15 nmThe bay of Kazikli is famous for its fish farms, which have become less over the years though, but still watch out for them while in the area. You can swing on your anchor with good holding ground or use the restaurant with a floating pontoon. If you prefer a longer day of sailing, you can go to Didim Marina instead, or anchor in front of Altinkum beach.
5th day Kazikli Bay to Yalikavak 20 nmHeading back towards Bodrum, you can stop at Palmarina in Yalikavak, a modern build beautiful marina with many shops and restaurants. There are all the facilities, you wish for, at place. The small town of Yalikavak is also worth an exclusion by having a nice walk along the sea front.
6th day Yalikavak to Turgutreis 10 nmLeaving Yalikavak, you can head fort the marina in Turgutreis which also is one of the big marinas in the area. Turgutreis itself has not so much to offer but the marina has lots of options to spend the evening, with a big choice of restaurants and bars and plenty of souvenir and gift shops. A 15 nm passage is left for you next morning to reach your charter base in Bodrum.
Bodrum 2 Week Itineraries
Bodrum is an amazing spot to start you charter from. The busy town is one of the biggest yachting center and offers so many possibilities. There are fantastic bays in the area to discover, especially if you sail towards the Gulf of Gökova.
1st day Bodrum to Orak Island 10 nmAfter leaving the base and getting familiar with your boat and the equipment you can head for Orak island, where you can anchor on the west side of the island. You have to use your anchor with a shore line and self cater as they are no restaurants at the island. A better anchorage for the night is the bay north of the island lee of the mainland.
2nd day Orak Island to Knidos 22 nmKnidos is one of the most stunning locations along the coast, as you sail in to an harbor of Antiquity. You are literally moored in front of the amphitheatre. The holding inside the bay is not too great as the bottom is rocks and seaweed but you can also take advantage of the wooden pontoon and go along side, or stern to the jetty. There is a restaurant at the site.
3rd day Knidos to Ova Bükü 13 nmThe bay of Ova Bükü is a very laid back place with a small beach and a wooden jetty to moor at. You can also stay at anchor. There are a few restaurants in the village and if you feel stretching your legs, you can take a nice 20 min. walk over to Mesudiye beach.
4th day Ova Bükü to Datca 12 nmDatca harbor is another charming destination as it has a real laid back atmosphere. There are several shopping opportunities, along with souvenir shops and a good choice of restaurants. The harbor doesn’t provide mooring lines, but electricity and water are available. Be aware in southerly winds as it can get pretty rough in there, although summer winds prevail northerly in the harbour.
5th day Datca to Bencik 18 nmBencik is a fjord like bay, reaching deep in to the Datca peninsula. It is a amazing scenery in there with pine trees and reddish coloured rocks. This place is the most narrow point of the Datca peninsula. There are no facilities on the site, you will have to self cater.
6th day Bencik To Orhaniye 7 nmOrhaniye offers many different mooring facilities, as there are several restaurants with a jetty in front, providing mooring lines. You also can head for Marti Marina to enjoy a marina day and use the pool of the Mistral restaurant. There is a sandbank entering the bay, east of the marina. If you feel like a day trip, you can visit the water fall and the carpet factory from here.
7th day Orhaniye to Dirsek Bükü 11 nmDirsek Bay is a great place to moor at the jetty and enjoy some snorkeling, as there are the remains of an ancient dock under water. The restaurant has a nice starter buffet in the evenings and offers traditional Turkish grilled and oven baked dishes. You can also enjoy a hike up the hill with stunning views.
8th day Dirsek Bükü to Palamut Bükü 23 nmPalamut is a fishing village which stretches along a long white cobble beach. On the west side of it you can moor at the town harbor, but mind the sandbank while entering. Some mooring lines are provided but mainly you will have to use your anchor. The harbor provides electricity and water, a harbor fee is charged. Palamut has many restaurants to choose from and there are also some shopping facilities, along with a Thursday and Sunday market.
9th day Palamut Bükü to Körmen 26 nmKörmen is on the south side of the Gökova Gulf and has a newly build Marina, where you can enjoy a day with all the facilities a Marina has to offer, before you go back to the secluded bays further inside the gulf.
10th day Körmen to Yedi Adalar (7 islands) 20 nmThe seven islands are a beautiful stop over to chose between many secluded bays, many of them very well sheltered. You need to drop anchor and use a shore line and also there are no restaurants there. It is a fantastic place for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.
11th day Yedi Adalar (7 islands) to Degirmen Bük (English Harbour) 12 nmEnglish harbor is a beautiful green bay as it lies in the middle of the forest. There are two restaurants, both with a wooden jetty and mooring lines. They offer traditional Turkish food and also have a small market, in case you need some goods. If you look for some privacy you can also anchor inside the bay.
12th day Degirmen Bük (English Harbour) to Karacasögüt 4 nmIt is a very short passage over to Karacasögüt but you can visit the famous Cleopatra island before heading for your evening mooring in Karacasögüt. There is a choice of two jetties and restaurants in the bay, both offering mooring lines and shower facilities. You also will be able to buy some groceries at the little market.
13th day Karacasögüt to Cökertme 21 nmCökertme is a charming little village at the north side of the Gökova gulf. There is a sandy beach and three restaurants to choose from. All of them have a jetty with mooring lines but also there are some mooring bouys provided. Whichever option you take, the restaurant owners will assist when arriving. Don’t miss out on the famous Cökertme Kebab. The next morning you head back to your charter base in Bodrum, approximately 21 nm.
If you have two weeks available you can plan a trip to the Greek islands, starting in Bodrum, providing you do the custom clearance when leaving and re-entering the country. We will provide you with all the necessary information.
1st day Bodrum to Gümüslük 10 nmOnce you got familiar with your yacht and its equipment you can had for the bay of Gümüslük which used to be a fishing village and therefore offers plenty of choice in seafood restaurants. You can anchor and free swing.
2nd day Gümüslük to Yalikavak 6 nmIn order to do the custom clearance, you can stop at Palmarina in Yalikavak, a modern build beautiful marina with many shops and restaurants. There are all facilities, you wish for, at place. The small town of Yalikavak is also worth an excursion by having a nice walk along the sea front.
4th day Kos to Paleonisos-Kalymnos 23 nmPaleonisos is a small bay where you can either swing on the anchor, or use the small peer in front of the Taverna on the north east side of the bay. It is a remote place and very quiet, but you have a choice of two Tavernas.
5th day Paleonisos-Kalymnos to Pandeli-Leros 13 nmThere is a little fishermen harbour in Pandeli and if you get lucky, you can moor in there long side to the quay. Otherwise you anchor stern to with a shore line in front of the Tavernas. The small village has a variety of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a stroll through the village. There is also a castle to visit.
6th day Pandeli-Leros to Lypsi 12 nmThere are two choices in Lipsi, either stop at the south end of the island at Kadzadia Bay and drop your anchor, or use one of the restaurants boys. Alternatively you can go to the main harbor of the island, with a floating pontoon. Or use the quay on the deep end of the bay, stern to with anchor. Lipsi is a beautiful old village, very much looked after and very quiet and peaceful. There are good restaurants and bars on the island, along with shopping facilities.
7th day Lipsi to Skala-Patmos 11 nmPatmos is a beautiful island and has a big artist community. You can moor to the town key, stern to, using your anchor. Patmos is famous for the cave of Apocalypse. The town is at sea level and stretches out to the hill behind the harbour. There are many Greek Tavernas, Bars and shopping facilities. If you feel for an excursion, you can go and visit the monastry of Saint Theologos.
8th day Patmos to Lakki-Leros 20 nmLakki is a large bay with a quay you can dock on for free if you find a space. Otherwise you have to anchor and use your dinghy to get to the shore. It is a quiet town at nights as everybody goes to Leros town for nightlife, but you can find some Tavernas right there. The north side of the bay is another spot and more remote, but mind the reefs in that area.
9th day Lakki-Leros to Kalymnos 20 nmKalymnos is one of the bigger place in the area, and the main town of Kalymnos. There is a town quay, where you get assistance while mooring and water and electricity is available. As this is a very big town, you have a huge choice for wining and dining, along with shopping facilities. If you feel like having a night out, you are at the right spot. There is also an underwater museum worth visiting.
10th day Kalymnos to Kefalos 30 nmKefalos is a village with a dock, which is not the most comfortable spot to be moored, due to swells. Better go to anchorage to the east side of the dock and swing on the anchor. Kefalos is quiet touristy and therefore you can enjoy some night life. There are some supermarkets. Enjoy the beach.
11th Kefalos to Nysiros 15 nmThis should be a pleasant down wind sail all along, with the prevailing winds. The volcanic island of Nysiros is a magical place. Pali is a safer harbor except with south east winds and better the Nysiros main port, where ferries come and go continuously. In Pali you can moor stern to the quay, using your anchor. Take a little trip up to the crater and the village of Nikia for a breath taking view and typical white washed Greek houses and streets.
12th day Nysoros to Kos 25 nmIts time to head back to Kos Marina or town harbour, in order to clear out of the country again. It will take you most of the next morning to finish with the paper work
The normal wind in the sailing holiday season is the meltemi, which blows from the NW - WNW in open waters. The Rope Sail sailors are attracted to Bodrum and the surrounding bays for the gentle sailing conditions.
To the North, South, East and West of Yalikavak are fabulous in varying sailing areas. The Turkish coastal belt has the sweet scent of mandarin, pine forests and flowering oleander. No matter in which direction you sail you will find remote secluded bays, unspoilt fishing areas and colorful coastal towns.
South of Yalikavak at the furthest reaches of the Datca peninsula, where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas unite. Above and below the crystal clear water the remains of the past await you.
The Gulf of Gokova is to the East and at its entrance is Bodrum alive with bars, restaurants and busy local markets. Here you can get lost in time bargaining for virtually anything from exotic spices to silk carpets. When you prefer to get away from all the activity from the town, there are the many sheltered anchorages deep into the lush coastline. Explore and discover small fishing villages and hidden coves. There are the places where you can really let your hair down and enjoy pristine waters of the Mediterranean with Rope Sail.
- The popular holiday resort of Bodrum, called Halicarnassus in ancient times, is the South Aegean's most attractive resort. It is described by Homer as 'the land of eternal blue'. The valley of Bodrum is covered in white washed island style villas adorned with bougainvillea, the narrow streets wind up down to the sea, and the peaceful setting of its twin harbors offer a safe pristine heaven for sailors.
- Surrounded by pine and olive trees and sheltered from the wind, it makes a wonderful stop. The small village has a few local restaurants.
- Yalýçiftlik is surrounded by secluded small bays, crystal clear sea and beautiful pine forests. It is probably one of the best preserved place around the peninsula of Bodrum.
- Orak Island is famous for its rich marine life and crystal blue waters. It is a popular point for sailors. Do not pass here without stopping. The islands indented shores covered with olive trees in the lower slopes of the hills.
- Mersincik is known as ‘Aquarium’ simply because the water here is so clear. There are small bays at the west end of the west end and together with the crystal clear waters, present a perfect feast to the eye and the soul.
- Knidos hold the legacy of ancient civilizations. The Lighthouse of Alexandria - one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world was buit here. You can see the ruins of the old town on the hill terraces . The most beautiful part of the ancient city ruins is the Temple of Aphrodite that overlooks both ports.
- This thickly wooded bay is closed to all winds and it is a perfect asylum for all kinds of weather conditions. Despite the lack of settlement, the area is much preferred with the sailing enthusiasts.
- Bördübet bay is is hidden in the lush pine forest with all shades of green. The area is known with its nice hiking paths if you like to explore the area on foot. A camping is located in the forest of Bördübet where you can find food and entertainment.
- Yedi Adalar is a sheltered anchorage in the beautiful Seven Islands providing a tranquil spot to relax overnight. Completely away from the crowd of Bodrum you can dine out under the stars.
- This delightful anchorage is better known outside of Turkey as English Harbour. It offers a choice of three good moorings. Enjoy a lazy few hours soaking up the sun and swimming to cool off, what could be better than that.
- Sedir Island and Cleopatra Beach is considered one of the top 20 beaches in the world. The area was the site of an ancient Roman resort town. Ruins include an amphitheater and old city wall. Its Cleopatra Beach is made up of rare sand from Egypt.