Scenes From Üçağız – A Lycian And Modern Day Treat

We were on the final stop of the westward route of our gulet cruise along Turkey's southern Lycian coast. Lazing in sheltered bays around the area known to sailors as Kekova Roads, we'd traversed the sunken city of Kekova. We'd swam in the clear waters at Tersane. And, of course, we'd also realised … [Read more...]

More From The Kekova Region: Sailing By The Island & Swimming At Tersane

We've cheated a little bit with our tales from our week-long blue cruise on a gulet because we changed the order a tad. So far, on this cruise, we've explored ancient Phaselis, we were entranced by the beach and mysterious ruins of Olympos, we've taken a trip to Lycian and Roman Myra and visited the … [Read more...]

Simena (Kaleköy) – We’ll Definitely Meet Again

We want to tell you the story of our Simena Kaleköy experience in this post. About that happy, gleeful feeling that takes over your body when you've found a little corner of perfection. Have you ever looked at postcards, online photos or official tourist board posters and been faced with a vision … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas, Santa Claus & Mediterranean Turkey – What’s The Link?

Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St. Nicholas - whatever name we assign to him (and in the UK, we do fluctuate), we all know who he is, don't we? He's that big jolly man in the bright red suit, big black boots and a fluffy white beard. He's busy in Lapland for most of the year, getting the toys … [Read more...]

Olympos Ruins – Mystery And Haunting Beauty

Unlike our arrival at the ruins of Phaselis, there was no mistaking our approach to Olympos. We were sat right at the front of the boat on our gulet cruise and had sailed by all manner of all-inclusive resorts lining the beaches of Tekirova. Now, after a stretch of green-cliffed coastline, a curve … [Read more...]

The Ancient Phaselis Ruins – Gulets, Forests & Beaches

The engines of the gulet slowed to a steady purr as we pulled into the natural sweeping harbour. Pine trees and the sweep of a sandy beach greeted us as the chains rankled. The anchor dropped for the first time on our blue cruise from Kemer to Kekova and back again. "Phaselis," said our deck hand, … [Read more...]

Our Kemer To Kekova Gulet Cruise – The Low Down

Gulet: A sailing boat, usually ketch- or schooner-rigged, chiefly used in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, esp. for holiday cruises - Oxford English Dictionary The Turkish gulet cruise; that most graceful of prima ballerinas of the southern and southwestern Turkish seas. Every year, … [Read more...]

A Postcard From The Lycian Coast

Greetings from the Lycian coast of Turkey. That's the area where thousands of people take to the sea each summer to journey along Turkey's Mediterranean shoreline - the famous Blue Cruises. We've lived in Turkey for so long now - on this very coast, in Fethiye, and we've never done a cruise on a … [Read more...]