Hiring a boat in Izmir offers guests the perfect base to explore the islands and seaside towns that jut into the Aegean Sea. With a private boat, you can depart from Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey owning the second-largest port after Istanbul. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, motor yacht, sailboat, or speedboat of your choice from the port of Izmir. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Urla or Foca. You also have the option to rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to enjoy a full-day adventure to the islands around the Karabarun peninsula. If you book a catamaran, you will have plenty of space to throw a party, enjoy a corporate charter or celebrate a wedding anniversary onboard. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat and explore the islands around Ayvalik or the Cesme Peninsula for as many days as you wish.
Izmir is a great holiday destination for those who wish to go on a sailing trip. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the west’, it has several world-class sites, fantastic food, and a stunning coastline. The latest excavations of the ‘Yesilova Tumulus” have revealed that the region was inhabited over 8,000 years ago, so the area is considered one of the oldest historical sites worldwide. Izmir was also known as the Greek city of Smyrna and was a leading center of commerce and art in the ancient world. Izmir served as the cradle for Hellenistic, Lydian, and Persian civilizations and was home to Homer, the poet-writer of the greatest epic of the world, the Iliad. Today, Izmir has a striking harbor and is the perfect base to explore the famous ruins of Ephesus, which constructed the first all-marble temple of the world. Besides its monumental history, you can spend a few hours in the bustling Bazaar of Kemer Alti where you will find connecting squares, shopping centers, and workshops. If you want to enjoy the sun and get a glimpse of the wonders of the Aegean coast, the best option would be to rent a yacht in Izmir.
With your boat hire in Izmir, you will have a pleasant cruise to the secluded beaches and bays of your choice. The waters around Izmir are generally calmer than the Carian or Lycian coasts, and the small islands that dot the Gulf of Izmir will certainly charm you. Following the shoreline, which gently departs from the slopes of surrounding mountains, you will have excellent moorings that continue all the way the gulf to the Cesme Peninsula. Voyaging out of the narrow Gulf of Izmir, you can spend a day in Urla. From Urla you can sail on to the Karaburun peninsula, which splits Izmir and the Cesme peninsula in two. Izmir is not far from Foca, a little town with a beautiful harbor surrounded by serene bays. For a two-day or three-day cruise with a motor yacht, you can visit Dikili and Ayvalik. Both are beautiful holiday destinations with fantastic beaches and historical values that have managed to stay untouched.
You can have a week cruise to the islands around Ayvalik and the North Aegean by renting a sailboat or catamaran. You can also continue your cruise along the coast from Karabarun to Cesme and the Kusadasi Gulf for a 7-day yacht charter. Both options offer a sailing experience through Turkish and Greek islands. From Ayvalik you can tour the islands of Lesvos and from Cesme, you can cruise to Chios and Oinousses. Do not miss the chance to visit Kusadasi, a major holiday resort with superb beaches and wonderful seafood restaurants. On your way, you can make stops at Seferihisar and Ozdere. Seferihisar hosts many touristic facilities and meets the Sgiacik Gulf on the west. From here, you can visit the antique site of Teos, an excellent area to sample some of Turkey’s finest wines. A visit to Izmir is not complete without renting a boat and enjoying a journey to the majestic islands and bays that are found right off the coast.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rentals in Izmir.
Levent Marina: This is the only marina in İzmir. The marina has space for 110 vessels. Water and electricity connections are available. There are laid moorings tailed on quays. Fuel can be obtained and maintenance facilities are well-developed.
The Levent Marina airport is roughly 21 km away from Izmir’s airport.
Teos Marina: Situated in Sigacik close to the Kusadasi Gulf. The marina offers 570 mooring spots at a maximum length of 30 m. There is water and electricity offered for all vessels, you will also find a parking zone in the marina.
Teos Marina is roughly 34 km away from Izmir’s airport.
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