The best sailing properties in Turkey
Buying a sailing property in Turkey is the ideal way to get to know the coastline’s hidden treasures. There are ample opportunities to buy waterfront homes with jetties, to allow sailing to become part of your everyday routine, not just an annual treat. And although Turkish waterfront homes command higher prices than your average property, they’re still a fraction of the price of comparable sailing properties in France, Spain and Italy. Let’s have a look at some of the very best sailing properties in Turkey.
Although it’s just a short boat trip from Fethiye, Sovalye Island is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Mediterranean resort town. There are no roads and few houses on the island, allowing for perfect, uninterrupted peace and tranquility.
Homes on the island are custom built, and without exception have incredible sea views, private jetties and beach platforms, making them popular with sailors seeking a starting point from which to explore the famous 12 islands.
This particular home is a fine example of the spacious, luxury dwellings found on the island. With large living spaces, four bedrooms and bathrooms and sunny terraces, there’s plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy the Mediterranean island lifestyle. There’s also a recreation room, as well as a self-contained apartment, ideal for anyone wanting a bit of time out. There’s a private pool and plenty of decking for sunbathing, and of course, your very own jetty to propel yourself off into a world of sailing adventure.
There are few homes for sale on Sovalye Island, which makes this beautiful villa all the more special.
Top sailing route: explore Gocek’s 12 islands. Sovalye Island is the first (and the sole inhabited island) in the 12-island tour, which encompasses pretty islands large and small.
Kas is a jewelled peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea, just a few kilometres along the coastline from Kalkan. The new marina here has revitalised the area’s sailing infrastructure, and resulted in a surge of interest in the peninsula, which has long been a haven for sailors due to its sheltered coves.
The villa has access to a shared jetty and beach platform, allowing easy mooring for yachts and a convenient hopping-off point from which to explore the coastline.
Inside, there are six double bedrooms and five bathrooms, including a self-contained apartment. A huge living area opens out onto the terrace, where there’s an infinity pool and incredible sweeping views of the sea.
Breathtaking views over the sea and coastline can be enjoyed from almost every room in the villa, as well as the outdoor spaces - balconies, terraced garden and poolside terrace.
Top sailing route: visit the pretty Greek island Kastellorizo, just two kilometres from the Kas peninsula. Explore the coastline and visit the pretty harbour with its wooden houses and Ottoman mosque, now open as a museum.
Upmarket Kalkan is a pretty, hill-sloping town on the Mediterranean. Its charming, cobbled harbourfront gives way to beautiful modern homes with a Greek flavour - among some of the most luxurious on the southern coast. Kalkan is a town where luxury meets tradition, and it’s also right in the middle of one of the Mediterranean’s most popular sailing routes.
This villa is a prime example of one of Kalkan’s luxurious, modern homes. It has incredible views over the sea and Kalkan Bay from each room and outdoor space, and four bedrooms and four bathrooms mean there is plenty of space.
Relax by the pool after a long day’s coastal exploration, or chill out in the cool, large living space on a hot day, gazing out over the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.
Kalkan homes are known for their luxurious touches. Jacuzzi bathrooms, stylish modern kitchens and cool, large bathrooms are standard, as evidenced in this villa, as is a self-contained apartment for extra guests or perhaps a caretaker. The villa is finished with marble and mahogany, lending the property an understated elegance.
A shared jetty is the ideal place to moor your yacht. In the winter, you can store it down the coastline at the Kas Marina.
The villa is currently marketed as a rental property, earning over 40,000 Euros a year.
Top sailing route: There are a number of dive sites around Kalkan. If you’re a qualified, competent diver, head to Snake Island. For a more advanced dive, you can explore the incredible Sakarya Reef, with its tropical fish and sunken wrecks.
Yalikavak on the Bodrum peninsula is one of Turkey’s brightest stars. A marina revamp by the Russian-owned Palmali Group has injected new life into one of the loveliest towns in the region. The marina complex is not only one of the best in the country in terms of marina facilities, it’s also a high-end leisure complex with some amazing restaurants, clubs, boutiques and entertainment facilities.
This villa represents a chance to get in on the action. Placed as it is just behind the marina, you’ll have a front row seat to the waterfront action and a superb spot to moor your yacht.
With stunning panoramic views over the sea, the marina and over the harbour to distant islands, this villa must be located in one of Bodrum’s prime locations around. Inside, it’s open-plan layout gives a feeling of space and light, a concept that is echoed in its large bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and some with Jacuzzi bathtubs and private balconies.
A separate basement can be converted into a studio apartment, or turned into a fifth bedroom to the main villa.
Outside, gardens envelop the villa, providing a green space for kids to run around or shady nooks which are perfect for sitting with a book or gazing out to sea. A large 120 square metre pool surrounded by decking also looks out over the water.
Surrounded by some of the most expensive, world-class mansions in Bodrum, this villa sits comfortably in its Palmarina-view location. This is an absolutely superb spot for someone who loves sailing and the Aegean lifestyle.
Top sailing route: Take an overnight trip to Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates. Kos is the second largest of the 12 Dodecanese islands and has a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a long beach, perfect for swimming.
Gocek is a pretty marina town a short drive from Fethiye. With two stylish marinas, it’s fair to say this small town revolves around sailing. It has a pretty town centre, and is backed by pine-clad mountains. It’s a picturesque part of the southern sailing route and has for many years been a prime destination for sailors.
For ease of living and sheer convenience, this modern villa in Gocek can’t be beaten. Each villa in this complex has mooring practically just outside the back door - in fact, the only way to have your boat closer would be to move into it.
The interior of the villa is open and spacious, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a very comfortable living area. Each bedroom has a balcony with water and garden views.
Outside, a terrace affords a beautiful view of the canal, which opens out into the bay.
Stone and wood has been used throughout the villa to create a natural, harmonious property to complement the beautiful surroundings of Gocek.
Cosy, intimate and conveniently placed to allow sailors to explore the surrounding area, this generously priced villa is an ideal way to ease into the Turkish waterfront lifestyle.
Top sailing route: Ten kilometres from Gocek, Tomb Bay is a lovely, sheltered spot where you can see Caryan rock tombs from the water. Swim ashore and you’ll discover the ancient city of Carya’s baths among the olive trees. There are also a few seafood restaurants to be found here.
Compared with the built-up areas found further along the coast, this part of Turkey is still relatively untouched. The small fishing village of Bozburun is located on the Bozburun Peninsula, an incredibly beautiful, lush, green stretch of coastline full of gorgeous coves and beaches. Life and local industry on the peninsula continues the way it has for generations, with sleepy villages producing honey, citrus fruit, figs and almonds.
This hideaway villa is tucked away behind the village of Bozburun, offering sea views from its cosy vantage point on 2000 square metres of land.
The fully-furnished villa has three large bedrooms and spacious living areas, opening out onto a large stone terrace with a private pool and garden. There are plenty of shaded areas outside for relaxation and sea-gazing, and the huge, lush garden is full of trees and flowers.
Modern features include air conditioning, double glazing and central heating, satellite TV and top-of-the-range white goods.
This villa is ideal for anyone seeking an sailing lifestyle in an area that has yet to be discovered by visitors. Privacy is ensured, with the villa being totally hidden and cut off from the outside world. Sun, sea and silence is paramount in this exceptional property.
Top sailing route: It’s difficult to pick just one part of the peninsula, which is considered one of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the country. Traverse the peninsula’s lovely coves and hidden bays, stop at the tiny villages to buy produce and seafood, and explore the hidden ruins that are accessible only from the sea.