Blue Voyage, as they call it in Turkey is a traditional and equally unforgettable way of exploring the turquoise shores of the Aegean Sea... Gulets remain a popular choice among sailors today. The Turkish Riviera which covers the southwestern coast of Anatolia, with its pine forests and pristine waters remains as the perfect setting for an idyllic sailing holiday. Gökova, Hisarönü and Göcek, which have been in the hearts of travellers who are interested in the sea, sailboats and yachts, are among the most preferred blue cruise routes on the Mediterranean coast. In addition, the ancient city, rock tombs, monumental tombs and bath structures that have survived from the Lycian Period are reflections of the historical past of the region. Also Croatia is another sailing route with gulets where the most gulets can be found in Dalmatia, the country’s most southeastern region.
A GREAT TRADITIONAL ESCAPE
Gulets are two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessels, originating from the southwestern coast of Turkey. The towns of Bodrum and Marmaris are best known for their sailing history, and the production of gulets in particular. In its capacity as a boat construction centre, Bodrum is famous throughout the world. Sea trade in the area has encouraged shipbuilding from antiquity thorough the Ottoman Empire period to modern times. The original purpose of the gulet was for fishermen and sponge divers to transport their catch, as well as for traders to move goods from marina to marina.