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Turkey - Enjoy A Sailing Holiday With Plenty Of Culture And Tradition

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Turkey, which approximately has 71,000,000 inhabitants, is located both in Asia and Europe. The country is bordered by Bulgaria and Greece in the northwest region, Iraq in the southeast, Iran and Armenia in the east, and Syria in the south. Its capital city is Ankara but the largest is Istanbul. You can enjoy the best sailing charter Turkey in the south and west of the country's 80 provinces.

Turkey is full of culture and tradition. Its history is very eventful and dynamic, but full of rage, conflict, and wars. It was handled by many empires. During the ancient times, particularly in 1800 BC, most of the country was inhabited by the Hittites. In 8th century BC, the Greeks occupied the country. After two centuries (6th century BC), Turkey became part of the Persian Empire. However, the Persians did not last long. Soon after, it was invaded by Rome in 395 AD and was administered as a province. Still, the country was invaded by the Ottoman Turks in the 13th century AD.

Cruising a sailing yacht in Turkey means sailing along the many gulfs and bays of the much indented Turkish coast. It is also a journey back in time, with an abundance of archaeological sites, castles and temples that catches its importance in ancient and medieval times.

The Turkish coastline is usually separated into three different cruising areas:

- The Lycian Coast: a wild and rugged landscape with an impressive display of mountains, cliffs and ravines.

- The Carian Coast: this is the most popular cruising area and includes the two largest yacht charter bases; Bodrum and Marmaris.

- The Ionian Coast: a coastline starting in Izmir in the north and reach all the way to Bodrum in the south. Here you will find the best climate in the whole of Turkey and a lot of culture.

The beautiful coast of the Ionian has been a favorite cruising ground by many avid sailors. The reason for this distinction is that the area has the best sailing condition in the whole country. Its shoreline covers Izmir up to Bodrum. The Ionian coast is an ideal yachting spot especially for bareboats and gullets. In the ancient times, Greek and Turkish sailors were amazed of the coast's gentle winds and very favorable climate.

One of the country's most attractive tourist activities is sailing along its calm, relaxing, and stunning sea waters. In particular, most tourist sailors go to the coasts of the Mediterranean and the Aegean. Aside from yachting, Turkey can also offer its historical and archaeological sites. You can find a some of the country's ancient architectures in Istanbul (the largest and the former capital city). You can visit the world-famous Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Pera Palas, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, and the Dolmabahce Palace. If you are not into prehistoric buildings, you can have a stopover to Istanbul's modern shopping malls, which are among the largest shopping centers in the world.


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