The Lycian (Mediterranean) coast, in our definition includes Marmaris eastwards to Antalya (about 180 miles). Sometimes called the Turquoise Coast, the western half is a favourite for flotillas and charter boats; the eastern half beyond Kalkan much quieter. The coastline throughout is backed by pine-clad mountains, with many attractive harbours and anchorages. 5 marinas and 2 airports add to the convenience of the Göçek area, which is now sadly overcrowded. Antalya is a major tourist resort, rather less pushy than those further West , with a well-restored Ottoman district overlooking the old harbour.
The Sailing. This coastline is largely steep-to, and backed by mountains, and punctuated by many bays offering anchorages. This is "there and back" cruising - or a coast of transit which will occupy about three weeks allowing plenty of exploring time. It is very popular with charter fleets, probably because there is less development than on other Turkish coasts, and winds lighter than the meltemi affected coasts further west. Wherever anchoring is possible, during the peak season there will almost certainly be one or more gulets and charter yachts tucked into the coast.