Izmir and its environment is a touristic paradise. The city, known as “Beautiful Izmir”, is on the cape of a narrow and long gulf, where the boats and yachts visit frequently. The pleasure of this pearl of the Aegean and sailing to the golden bays nearby is indescribable.
The city has a warm climate and in the summer, the sea breezes moderate the heat of the sun. The city, with its houses in lines, rises with a small slope, from the parks and gardens encircled with palm trees and the esplanade along the coastal line, to the hills.
Art galleries, theatres and numerous cultural events, give a unique vividity to this cosmopolitan city. The great poet Homer, the founder of European literature and its first author, and the author of the first and most famous literary work of the world, Illiad and Odyssea, was born in Izmir in 9th century, B. C.. Izmir is a settlement since 3.000 B.C. and for a certain period became the most advanced cultural and civilization centers of western Anatolia. This rich city and its environs were occupied by Hittites, Lydians, Persians, Ottomans, Seljuks and the Byzantines. Levent Marina is the perfect spot to start with a yacht trip. Sailing along the beautiful gulf of Izmir and its environs, prepare the travellers for the trips to other perfect places. The small islands encircling Urla pier is amazing. Beautiful beaches and perfect anchoring spots, enable various activities from swimming to skin-diving.
Sailing from Urla Pier to Karaburun Peninsula, Karaburun welcomes its guests with a wonderful mountain view, crystal clear waters, beautiful hotels, tea gardens, and fish restaurants. Departing from Izmir Gulf, and sailing around the Karaburun Peninsula, Cesme Peninsula, a beautiful land piece, surrounded with the clear waters of the Aegean Sea, can be reached. Cesme, is named after the plenty of natural water resources in the area. The Genoese Castle looks over the small harbour. The Castle was built in the 14th century and restorated and expanded by the Ottomans in the 16th century. The Kervansaray (Caravanserai), built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, is located by the castle and today, serves as a hotel.
Nearby Cesme, Setur Altin Yunus Marina Complex and boatyards, accommodation facilities in Ilica and Dalyan are famous for their comfortable, serene and secure ambience. The thermal springs in this region, the natural sprouts inmixing with the sea water in Ilica Gulf, and the beautiful bays with wonderful views at the southeast of Cesme await for the surfers and yachtsmen with their wind and their waves. Anchoring safely and enjoying the nature and the sea is always possible.
In the perfect shopping areas, all types of gifts, from the highest quality carpets to leather products can be bought. The vivid and entertaining atmosphere in the recreational areas, intensify at night, with the crowds in the discotheques, cafés, bars and restaurants. The baths, built on the healing natural thermal sprouts inmixing the sea in the Ilica Bay, creates an opportunity to relax and to become tranquilized. To the northeast of Cesme, the beautiful bays, along with their magnificent natural beauties and amazing view, are secure from winds and waves, and give an opportunity to anchor during the night. Farther ashore is Sigacik, with the astonishing Genoese marina ruins. Nearby, the antique city of Teos is known for the Temple of Dionysus, the God of Wine. This perfect place is also famous for the local and special wines.
Kusadasi Gulf is a lovely and beautiful Aegean spot, with its seducing beaches, bays and small gulfs.