Gemiler Island is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts due to its stunning scenery and calm waters. The island is located off the coast of Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea, and it is known for its ancient ruins and beautiful beaches.
Also known as St. Nicholas Island, it is steeped in history and was an important stop for early Christian pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. It is believed that St. Nicholas, the inspiration behind Santa Claus, visited the island in the 4th century AD and stayed in a monastery there. The island is also home to the ruins of several Byzantine churches and chapels.
Visitors can explore the island’s historic ruins, hike along its scenic trails, or simply relax on its beautiful beaches. The island is also a popular spot for diving and snorkeling, with crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life.
There are several sailing routes that you can take to reach Gemiler Island, depending on your starting location and preferences. One popular route is to start from Gocek and sail along the coast to the island. Along the way, you can stop at several other scenic destinations, including the bays on the west side of the Fethiye gulf, Oludeniz Beach and Butterfly Valley.
Once you arrive at Gemiler Island, you can anchor your boat in one of the island’s sheltered coves and explore the island’s many attractions. One of the highlights of the island is the ancient ruins of a Byzantine church and several other historical structures. The sunset is also very popular and you will meet people, walking up the ruins with a bottle of wine to enjoy the ancient energy and the most amazing sunsets.
Next to the island you find Cold Water bay, run by Ali since 30 plus years. you can anchor with a land line to the shore and some mooring assistance will be helping you to tie your shore lines. A nice little walk up to the restaurant surprises you with the beautiful views and some delicious meals.