You are required to purchase your E-Visa prior to your travel to Turkey for your sailing holiday.
It is no longer possible to purchase at the airport. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel.
As of 2 March 2020, Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for the members of the European Union Schengen area, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland as well as the United Kingdom citizens for touristic travels to Turkey for every 90 days within 180 day period.
‘The currency is Turkish Lira, TL.
Many places will accept GBP, Euros & US$, although you should be aware of exchange rates to ensure you are getting value for money.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted widely. If you are visiting restaurants in remote bays they will not be able to take payment in this form and will require payment in cash.
There is plenty of opportunity to exchange money in all the large towns, where you will also find banks and cash machines.
Do NOT change currency at the airport as the rate given is extremely poor. Travellers Cheques are not accepted.
Most of the restaurants in the bays serve simple traditional Turkish food often cooked in a clay oven. Many will have fish, caught that day, and offer a selection of mezes (vegetarian starters).
Turkish breakfast is plates of tomatoes, cucumber, olives, cheeses, fruit, toast and jam/honey. Some restaurants do offer English breakfast and you will find pancakes are another of their specialties.
During the day you will be able to stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch and can always expect a warm welcome.
Turkey does produce some good wines and there is a wide choice available. You can buy a good bottle at the supermarket for approx 40 to 60 TL you will find the same bottle priced at 150 TL in most restaurants.
The local beer is EFES and found everywhere, sometimes on draft. Larger restaurants will have a choice of bottled beers.
The traditional alcoholic drink in Turkey is Raki, an aniseed based drink with a strong alcohol content. Turkish people drink this with water & ice and never drink without eating at the same time, usually mezes.
Imported drinks are expensive in Turkey due to the tax. It is advisable to buy your favourite drinks Duty Free at the airport. Always ask the price when ordering drinks so that there are no unpleasant shocks at the end of a delicious meal.
For those who prefer something softer a popular drink is tea Cay served in a small glass with/without sugar and without milk. Apple Tea Elma Cay is a refreshing drink that can be served hot or cold.
Most restaurants do not charge you for mooring on their jetties during your charter. Others will charge a small fee to cover community costs. As a matter of etiquette restaurant owners will expect you to dine in their restaurant when moored on their jetty.
The large marinas: Netsel Marina-Marmaris, Marti Marina-Orhaniye, Ece Marina-Fethiye mooring fees will range between 80– 250 Euro per night. This will be dependent on the size of your yacht.
In the small villages you will find local markets selling fresh produce, spices, vegetables and fruit all grown locally.