If you have arrived in Fethiye via Dalaman, you may have passed through the small coastal town of Gocek before you reach Calis and Fethiye itself. A world apart from the main resorts, Gocek holds its secrets of who visits there. The small coastal town of Gocek is an area of outstanding natural beauty, enclosed by mountains of deep green pines, with its luxuriously simple yacht marina, catering for the rich and famous, as well as the more humble yacht owner.
Such celebrities as Bruce Willis, Tina Turner, Demi Moore and Rod Stewart have moored their yachts here to partake of the delicious Turkish cuisine and swim these sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. A favourite haunt of the late Princess Margaret of the UK, the Royal Yacht has often moored here for Prince Charles also. This is hardly surprising when you discover the beauty of this place with its almost oval shaped harbour and guaranteed peace of mind to its visitors.
Every Sunday the local market has been held for as long as anyone can remember. Here you can buy all kinds of locally grown fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, and textiles unique to the area. With its array of goods and the aroma of fresh herbs and spices, Gocek Market should be on everyones list of things to do while staying in the Fethiye region.
In 2023, price of Fethiye Gocek Market Boat Trip is 12 € for adults, 6 € for children between 6 – 12 years old and free for children under 6 years old.
Every Sunday between March – November from 10:00 to 17:00.
The market takes place every Sunday in Gocek. Your departure time varies on your location. If you are staying in Oludeniz it will be approx. 10:15, for Hisaronu and Calis 10:30, Ovacik 10:35 and Fethiye 10:45. The boat will set sail at approximately 11:00.
You will be met at your hotel or apartment in Fethiye or Calis Beach by your transfer vehicle and taken down to your waiting boat, before sailing along the emerald green coastline of the region, towards the town of Gocek. Sailing like royalty or a celebrity into the harbour of the town itself.
Here you will have 2.5 hours in which you can visit the market, or walk along the beautiful marina before having lunch, or simply relaxing with a long cool drink. Walking in the footsteps of the rich and famous may pale into oblivion aganst the natural backdrop of this region, a million miles from everywhere, or just up the coast from your hotel, you decide.
Once you have visited the town and market, you will set sail back to Fethiye, stopping off along the way at one of the beautiful hidden bays, where you may swim in the sea or simply sunbathe with a drink from the ships bar, before your final return to Fethiye harbour.
Cost of Fethiye Gocek Market Boat Trip is 12 € for adults, 6 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old in 2023.
Your pick up from hotel and your boat tour, with insurance, plus return to your hotel. There is no guide service with this tour.
You will need to budget for any purchases you may wish to make, either in Gocek market or lunch, drinks or snacks throughout the day.There will be a bar on board the boat for your refreshment.
The gentle ambience of this tour makes it family friendly as well as ideal for singles or groups. With enough to satisfy everyone, an easy day out with sightseeing and shopping.
Your swimsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, suncream and towel to start, as there will be sunbathing opportunities on the boat, as well as swimming off the boat on the return journey.
Some money, obviously, for drinks or snacks on board, lunch in Gocek and any personal expenditure in the market or shops in Gocek.
Do bring your camera, the scenery is just too beautiful. Who can afford to miss a ‘selfie’ with the beautiful backdrop of the 12 islands in the gulf of Gocek.
Part of the experience of a Turkish market is ‘haggling’ for the best price. This is expected even and you should have some fun doing so without taking it too seriously. Always have an idea of what you want to pay and try to meet the seller at around two thirds of the asking price. I