Best Time To Visit: Turkey offers the longest sailing season in the Mediterranean, with ideal conditions from April to October.
Key Cruising Areas: The islands and ports of the Sea of Marmara make for an interesting sailing vacation. Venture west and you are met with a plethora of islands of the Aegean Sea, with Turkish ports such as Bodrum, Fethiye, and Antalya a short sail away. Istanbul is also a great base to explore the Greek Islands.
Don’t Miss: Istanbul is full of incredible cultural sites and wonders of eras past. One that simply cannot be missed is the Blue Mosque. Said to be named after sailors who saw the colors of the sea reflected on the mosque, this is an awe-inspiring example of architecture and art, and the surrounded areas are brimming with culture and interesting sights.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Whether it is grabbing a feta cheese pizza from a market to eat sitting on a wall surrounded by the buzz of local life in the warm Turkish evening, or a delectable meal at a stylish restaurant, the flavors and atmosphere of Turkish dining are a highlight of the country. The old town of Sultanahmet boasts many of the best establishments – book a table at Giritli for a simple yet elegant evening, specializing in seafood.