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Mediterranean meltemi during gulet cruises

Turkey -the country at the crossroads between the Eastern and the Western, one of the most charming and interesting in the world- offers more than seven thousand kilometers of coastline, with good conditions for sailing thru numerous secluded bays. The gulet cruise are one way, safe and comfortable to take a holiday in close contact with the sea and nature. The Turkish coastline is perfect for sailing: jagged rocks alternate with coves where you can swim in a turquoise sea, quietly and away from the crowds, ports and modern marinas offer safe moorings and marine services.

Countless places of archaeological interest to visit near the coast: amphitheatres, sunken cities, Byzantine ruins, Lycian and Roman. During the summer, the wind normally blows from the northwest to southeast. This wind is commonly called “Meltemi”, while in areas such as Cesme, Izmir and Kusadasi; it is called “imbat.” At the beginning and end of the summer, the Meltemi blows less and there are days when it is almost entirely absent. Generally the Meltemi falls at night and then continues again the next day around noon.

Meltemi can also blow in the gulfs during the days. The wind follows the coast from the west to become weaker and weaker near the bays. The gusts of wind are particularly violent in the north of the coast of the Gulf of Gokova and the Gulf of Hisaronu. The Meltemi blows even to the west along the Mediterranean coast to the Gulf of Finike. At the Gulf of Antalya, there are both land and sea breezes with predominance between the south and the south-west in general. During the summer and autumn winds blow from the north or from the south, in winter, the winds and gusts come mainly from the south. The weather forecast is broadcasted both in English and in Turkish on VHF channels 16 and 67 about the regions of the Mediterranean and Aegean (Bodrum, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Antalya, Finike, Alanya, Anamur and Mersin).

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