The Gulf of Gulluk is north of Bitez and hosts two vastly different shores. On the southern shore are Torba, Turk Buku and Gundogan, playgrounds of Turkeys rich and famous. While the northern side of the gulf is for those who really want to escape. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with dozens of quiet and picturesque retreats such as Iassos, guarded by the ruins of a fortress built in the 12th Century, Kazikli where you will be greeted by inky blue waters, sandy beaches and a family of inquisitive white ducks. South of Bitez, at the furthest reaches of the Datca peninsula, where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas unite, is the tiny hamlet of Knidos.
In the 4th Century there were 70,000 inhabitants, now just a few goat herders, the restaurateur and his family. Above and below the crystal clear water the - remains of the past await you: snorkel around the sunken walls of the Trireme harbour or climb the amphitheatre to the temple where Aphrodite once reigned.
Further down the coast is Datca, an isolated yet thriving holiday village, excellent for catching up on some nightlife and trading experiences with the many sailors that call in there. An opportune moment to restock with fresh supplies before venturing into the Dorian Gulf. Within this gulf are literally hundreds of coves and inlets, all with the invigorating scent of the pine forests which climb up from the shores.
Marmaris, Fethiye, Olu Deniz, Kalkan, Kas and Kekova Roads are within comfortable reach for those who want to voyage further.
The Greek Dodecanese Islands are west of our base and easily sailed to after completing port formalities. With a wealth of history this island group offer many interesting ports to visit such as Rhodes, Tilos, Simi, Kos and Leros.
The weather offers exciting and predictable sailing conditions. Being sup-tropical, Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese Islands enjoy cloudless blue skies and pleasant warm weather from April through to November. Temperatures range from the low 20's in spring and autumn to the 30's throughout the summer. The mornings bring a light and variable breeze which builds up to force 3-5 North Westerly every afternoon. This fades as the sun goes down to provide calm and peaceful nights at anchor.
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Broadblue's base is located in Bitez, a picturesque and serene hamlet, 4kms to the west of Bodrum town and 8kms from the Greek island of Kos.
Bitez is a small seaside resort with breathtaking views of the Aegean's turquoise waters. A wonderful backdrop of rugged Turkish coastline and Greek islands greets you as you wind your way down to the bay. Here you will see many traditions of the past; Žalvas (pantaloons) and colourful headscarves being worn at the Bazaar, tea houses serving çay (tea) in tulip shaped glasses. Off the beach front are an array of shops, market stalls, restaurants, doner kebab stands, tea houses and charming bars all with that special stamp of Turkey.
Just a few minutes stroll away from the beach is Bitez Yacht Harbour and our base. Close by the harbour you will find all modern facilities which include; restaurants, bars, internet, ATM, and toilet & shower facilities. The advantages to being in Bitez are a cooling sea breeze all summer, a quiet location (NO noisy all night discos in the vicinity), fabulous sailing grounds to the north, south, east & west and only a 40 minute transfer from Bodrum/Milas international airport.
Bitez will entrance you, it maintains a leisurely atmosphere and portrays the local culture, history, hospitality and friendship for which Turkey is famous. As home to Broadblue's fleet, it is the ideal place to unwind and prepare for your voyage of discovery.
See also Sail Greece
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