Gulet sailing in Bodrum


Turkey is suffering dreadfully from the migrant issue but it’s good news for holiday- makers. Hotels at every level have had to lower their prices considerably to attract visitors.

Read a full account of my trip to Bodrum from Saturday June 4 on

I would never have imagined that I would enjoy gulet sailing. Being a natural red-head with fair skin, keeping out of the sun is a must. I was delighted, on my first experience of gulet sailing in Bodrum, to find that the yachts have areas that are covered by canopies. This meant that I could lounge around on comfortable seating, even stretch out, and enjoy the weather while at the same time, be sheltered from the strong rays of the sun.


Barbaros Yachting has a range of yachts from the small, intimate to the larger ,grander ones. I joined a day cruise on the 33m Afroditi. Although I wasn’t sleeping on board, I was able to look at a couple of the cabins, of which there were seven. They were surprising well fitted, with enough space for a double bed, and quite luxurious with en-suite shower rooms. The back area where I made myself comfortable, and where we ate lunch at a long table covered with a tablecloth, had several loungers.

The handmade gulets, which are wooden, are built locally in the traditional manner. We sailed past the boatyard as we left Bodrum. The bonus of being on a comparatively small vessel is that it was able to moor in secluded coves and, of course, with the weather in the late 20s° it was wonderful to be able to swim and snorkel. Although we didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of all that was on offer, some gulets also have windsurfing, canoe, and water sports equipment on board.

About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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