Gulet cruise on the Mediterranean to a sunken Lycian city near Kekova

Gulet cruise on the Mediterranean to a sunken Lycian city near Kekova

The Turks have a word for it: keyif. It means quiet relaxation, an indulgent pleasure. It’s a word that sums up life aboard a gulet, Turkey’s beautiful pine schooners. The pointed bow forges through pellucid waters; rocky islets and the craggy coast provide sweeping panoramas while the aft deck lends shade as the sun reaches the top of its daily parabola. The quiet coves and bays of Turkey’s finest stretch of coast are best explored by boat, and in as leisurely a fashion as possible. The calm, azure waters lap the boat and drift towards the green coastal headlands that you cruise beside. A stop, and a swim. Isolated, unspoilt little coves dot the coastline here, the clear waters alive with sea sponges, mackerel and jack. And that’s not all – at Kekova, you swim among ancient ruins, a sunken Lycian city now home to fish, swimming with you around the staircases and kilns, facades and foundation stones. After appreciating treasures of the ancient world at one of the archaeological sites that populate the coast, it’s time for a long, lingering lunch back onboard.

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