TURKEY AND GREECE COASTAL HOP
Two alluring Mediterranean nations, just one mile apart
WHERE GREECE AND TURKEY MEET
Looking out from a restaurant terrace in Kaş, the Greek island of Kastelorizo seems close enough to swim to. In fact, hundreds of locals do just that in a two-nation swimming tournament each summer. Long one of the few safe anchorages between Crete to Beirut, Kastelorizo still wears its Venetian and Ottoman legacy with pride. Visitors with more modern craft can also take in two of Greece’s most untouched islands nearby: Rho (population 15) and Stroggylí (population 9).
A TIMELESS SEASIDE FEAST
Sailors have been hopping between Rhodes and coastal Turkey for 3,000 years. On arrival, most passengers would have tucked into a treat still popular today: a harbourside feast of seafood, meze and fiery red wine. Rhodes’ ancient port is still a medley of medieval, Ottoman and Italianate façades. With a deep maritime legacy, the rest of the island is made to be seen by sea. Surrounding its 220km of coastline are caves, wrecks and deep-sea cliffs.
PADDLING PAST ANCIENT GREECE
Just east of Kaş, an entire Greco-Roman city literally fell into the sea in 240 A.D. A massive earthquake submerged tombs, temples, amphitheatre and agora. The scene today is like a watery Pompeii. By tender – or better still by kayak – the ruins are one of the most astounding sights at sea.
Tranquil Symi is custom-made for superyachts. Its waterfront is a film set vision of Greek tavernas and a colourful fishing fleet. With no airport and only five local taxis, the island is best explored under one’s own steam. A medley of beaches accessible only by boat offers the ultimate in sun-kissed privacy. Yet the buzz of Rhodes and the Turkish Riviera are only a 30-minute steam away.
AN OASIS OF CALM
Exclusive in their geology, Greece and Turkey conceal a plethora of hidden beaches accessible only by yacht. The last word in superyacht exclusivity and therefore the perfect way to discover them, is the 60m motor yacht Oasis. Thanks to her beautiful interior, expansive deck spaces and first-class crew, Oasis is one of the most demanded yachts on the charter market, especially following a total interior refurbishment in 2010. Accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 cabins.