Considering adding a land adventure to your yachting experience? We can help! There are a multitude of historical sites to visit, hiking for every level of fitness or just take the opportunity to see the beauty of Turkey.
We can assist you with recommending accommodation and tour guides for most of your land adventures. We’d also be happy to provide some advice on what to see and do based on your interests. Some interesting adventures include:
This ancient city was built in the 10th century BC and is famed for the Temple of Artemis that was completed around 550 BC. The temple is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Close to Ephesus is the House of the Virgin Mary which legend says was where she spent her final days. The Roman Catholic church has not pronounced in favour or against the authenticity of the house however several papal visits and blessings have occurred, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI. In addition to these historical wonders there are many other things to see including the Library of Celsius, Hadrian Temple, Scolastica Baths, Mazeus and Mithridates Gate and much more.
Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. The flowing water of the hot springs located here leave amazing terraces of carbonate minerals. The water of Pamukkale is thought to have the powers to both healing and enhance beauty. The source of the hot springs is the underground volcanic activity.
Dalyan / Kings Tombs
Dalyan offers a number of interesting things to do and see including Turtle Beach which is the breeding ground for endangered loggerhead turtles. Want to feel and look years younger? Take a mud bath then a dip in the sulphur springs followed by a relaxing swim in either salt or fresh water. Look up into the cliffs to see the Kings Tombs. Amazing tombs cut into the rock facades circa 400 BC in the ancient city of Caunos. The tombs were originally built by the Carians and occupants may have been noblemen and rulers but were vacated and reused in Roman times. The largest one is unfinished and provides an insight of how they were constructed.
The local volcanic mountains of Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan has provided the base for unique rock formations located in Cappadocia. The volcanoes were active 2 million years ago.
The formations are a result of thousands of years of rain and wind that has eroded the lava covered plain. . Due to the softness of the rock, Cappadocians carved out rooms and chimneys creating a fascinating underground city. The first populations believed to live in Cappadocia were in the 3000-2000 years B.C.
This cove has a picturesque beach surrounded by pine-clad hills. Oludeniz translates to “dead sea” based on an old legend. If you look to the skies you will see parasailers launching and gliding from the Babadağ Mountains and landing on Belceğiz Beach below. This parasailing adventure is rated as one of the best in the world.
Datça & Knidos
Not only is Datça a beautiful scenic seaside town but it is also close to the ancient city of Knidos. Aphrodite was associated with this city where a famous statue of the goddess once stood. While only copies of the statue exist, one in the Vatican Museum, the pedestal of the statue remains in the ruins. The views from the ruins are spectacular.
The sands on this beach may have been brought there from North Africa by Marc Anthony for his love, Cleopatra. The sand on this beach is protected and is different from anywhere nearby, similar sand is found in Egypt The crystal clear waters will astonish you. There are multiple ruins on the island to explore including an amphitheatre.
Hiking and Walking
Imagine hiking and trekking through the hills and mountains of Marmaris. Whether you explore the history of Marmaris which dates back to 3000 BC or find a trail that will end up at a secluded bay, there is lots to do here for the active person. There are fascinating history tours through various villages like Söğüt, Taşlıca, Kırkkuyular and others. These villages provide breathtaking landscapes and an opportunity to experience local Turkish culture.
Snorkelling and Diving
Snorkelling along the quiet bays is a remarkable experience. Within the clear shallow waters you can see various fish, sea vegetation and amazing rock formations.
Diving off the coast of Turkey is spectacular. The crystal clear waters and underwater visibility is spectacular. There are various diving options for both the beginner and experienced divers.
Perhaps if you are connecting through Istanbul airport you can take a few days to explore this dynamic and enchanting city.