The first thing to know about Gocek, a little town in Turkey's Fethiye region, is that it is a secret on the mainstream tourism scene. Yet, those who often sail Mediterranean Turkey will testify as to its beauty and upmarket ambience. Backed by the Taurus Mountains range and fronted by the Mediterranean Sea, Gocek maintains a pleasing aesthetic look on the eye because local government laws forbid multi-storey buildings. Instead, all facilities must be two-storey or below.
Gocek offers everything tourists expect from a tourism centre but is much more tranquil than other areas of Turkey. Tourists who arrive by road, sea or air will be delighted with an excellent choice of boating, places to go, nearby beaches, plus numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars. If you want refined and upmarket but a destination that still embodies Turkish culture, Gocek ticks all the boxes.
About Gocek in Turkey
Getting to Gocek
Gocek sits on the D400 highway on Turkey's Mediterranean coast and is easily accessible by car. At one stage in the town's history, it was off the beaten track and hard to reach, but in 2006, the government completed the Gocek tunnel toll road. Officially belonging to the Mugla Province, the town covers the outskirts of the Fethiye region, so if arriving by bus, head to Fethiye or Antalya centre and from there catch a connecting bus. Belonging to a covered bay, many European travellers come into the tranquil and secure harbour from international waters. The nearest airport to Gocek is Dalaman, situated about 25 kilometres away from the resort. Book a shared shuttle transfer before arrival or use private transfer facilities for an additional fee.
Weather and Climate
Gocek's average temperature reached during winter is 14C (57F). During summer, temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius, but the sun shines for three hundred days per year. Gocek's agriculture industry stems from tangerines, lemons, and oranges because ideal soil and weather conditions combine perfectly. The only weather downside is the rainy season during February and March, but many expats living here use that time to recharge their batteries ready for summer.
Beaches and Sailing
One beach belonging to D-Resort Gocek is available for a daily fee or by taking out membership. Inlice beach on the Gocek's outskirts takes roughly ten minutes to reach by car. Other beaches such as Sarigerme, a long sandy beach, can be reached easily by car or taxi. Further down from Sarigerme is the protected beach of Iztuzu in Dalyan Delta, and the other direction goes to Oludeniz beach in about forty minutes. The only way to reach the main beach on the island is by water taxi.
A dominating characteristic of Gocek is the private bay that is home to several harbours and coves. Gocek is an arrival and departure point for all boats, yachts and liners, and sea traffic is hefty in the port. Gocek is a high-class sailing area with many charter boats, company sailing companies, larger vessels, and basic fishing boats. Jump on these to visit the Twelve Islands. Gocek coves and the 12 islands are heavenly hidden areas, with clear blue waters, lush green forests, and outstanding beaches, making Gocek a must in terms of destination. Today, Gocek has six marinas: Club Marina, Marinturk Gocek Village, Port Municipality Marinas, D-Marin Gocek, Marinturk Gocek Exclusive, and Skopea Marina.
Things to Do in Gocek
There is a lot to explore in this beautiful region, and getting active is the best way to make the most of your time in Gocek. However, there are three places to include in your itinerary.
- 12-island boat trip from Gocek marina; and explores many different areas. A perfect way to relax, catch the sun and see stunning scenery.
- The centre of Fethiye is just a short ride by bus and is a bustling place and home to the museum, castle, rock tombs, and old theatre. Stroll around the old town and down streets lined with traditional souvenir shops.
- Visit Dalyan, about 45 minutes away that is worth setting a day aside for. Once you have explored the town, set off to the mud baths and the ancient ruins of Caunos. Finish with a spot of sunbathing on Iztu beach. More about the many things to do in Gocek.
About Property in Gocek
With Gocek's unique natural environment and strict protection, people buy holiday homes or permanently reside here. The beautiful, unspoilt town means purchasing a property or owning land is one of Turkey's best investments, especially in the Mediterranean region. The last recorded permanent population in Gocek was about 4,500 people; however, this increases to over 7,000 during summer. Most local Turks make their money from the tourists whom locals have aptly named God's guests. There is also a small expat community.
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About Us: We are Property Turkey, a real estate agent with offices all over the country. We have taken our many years of experience and local knowledge to form our blog about Turkey that will be useful to anyone thinking of visiting or buying a home here. Talking about culture, food, traditions, history, and society, the blog also talks extensively about Gocek in Turkey.