One of the most popular ways to experience the Mediterranean, Turkish gulet cruises are known for their stable and pleasant sailing. They are broad, beamy and heavy and offer a very comfortable ride through the water. It’s often a good choice for those who aren’t so used to the motion of boats, as well as those with sturdier sea-legs. Although the gulets nowadays are sometimes powered by engines rather than being exclusively at the mercy of winds and sails like the vessels of old, there is still plenty of romance in taking to the high seas. Here are a couple of experienced mariner’s tips for those just setting sail:
Avoiding Sea Sickness
As opposed to conditions in the larger oceans, the Mediterranean waters around the Turkish coast generally tend to be much calmer. As well, gulet captains will watch the weather to avoid windy patches, and there are plenty of places to take shelter along the coast in the unlikely event of rough seas on your Turkish gulet cruises. As the Mediterranean is a non-tidal sea, however, this happens only rarely.
Still, it can be wise to take precautions if you know you’re prone to sea sickness. Make sure you’re well stocked with travel sickness pills, or try acupuncture wrist bands. There are even special patches available to wear on the skin in order to combat sea sickness, but sometimes, simply being on deck in the sunshine and fresh air is enough to relieve a troubled stomach.
It’s All About the Timing
If you’re a keen swimmer, and eager to take advantage of a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean, then it’s often a good idea to visit in the summer months – when the sea is warmed to perfection. Although the water is cooler in the spring, those travelling on Turkish gulet cruises at that time will have the benefit of Turkey’s wild flowers in full bloom when they go ashore. They’re easily some of the most beautiful in all Eurasia, and you can see the ancient cities carpeted with poppies and other natives. The entire landscape is lush and verdant in the spring before the full heat of summer has dried it out, and those who aren’t afraid of a little chill on their skin can still enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean without discomfort.