Hemmed in by a dramatic wall of sea cliffs and peppered with sandy coves and rocky islands, the Gulf of Gökova (sometimes called the Ceramic Gulf) is one of Turkey’s most picturesque coastal landscapes. Formed by the Aegean Sea flowing between the Bodrum Peninsula to the north and the Datça Peninsula in the south, the sizable gulf lies at the tip of Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast and makes a popular inclusion on Mediterranean cruise itineraries.

The biggest city along the gulf is Bodrum, built on the ancient city of Halicarnassus, and other highlights include the tranquil resort town of Akyaka; Cleopatra Island, famous for its seashell beach; and the Greek island of Kos, which lies at the mouth of the gulf. Exploring Gökova is traditionally done by boat, but it’s also possible to hike along the coastal Carian Trail, which runs from Cape Crio to Bodrum via Akyaka and the Kiran Mountains. Kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling and paragliding are among the most popular activities in the gulf.

Practical Info

The Gulf of Gökova is a part of the Aegean Sea, stretching between the Bodrum Peninsula, the Datça Peninsula and the Greek island of Kos to the west. It is located on Turkey’s southwestern coast.

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7-Night Gulet Cruise from Bodrum: Gulf of Gökova

Sail by Turkish 'gulet,' a traditional wooden sail boat, around the breathtaking Gulf of Gökova on a 7-night cruise from Bodrum. Introducing you to the ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $414.48

Cleopatra Island Cruise from Marmaris

Sail, sunbathe, swim, and step back in time to the days of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony on this cruise to Cleopatra Island from Marmaris. Bob across the ...  Read more

Location: Marmaris, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.48

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