With effect from April 2014 you are required to purchase your E-Visa prior to your travel to Turkey for your sailing holiday. The new E-Visa replaces the old system of purchasing a stamp/sticker at border control. 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.
‘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 however if your visiting restaurants in remote bays they will not be able to take payment in this form. We will advise you of what to expect in the area brief. There is plenty of opportunity to exchange money in all the large towns, where you will also find banks and cash machines.
We would not recommend changing currency at the airport as the rate given is very poor. It is not advisable to rely on travellers cheques as they are only accepted in limited places.
Sail in Turkey do not accept travellers cheques for any payments.
Most of the restaurants in the bays serve simple traditional Turkish food often cooked in a clay oven. Many will also 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.
You can expect to pay around 20 to 25 TL per person for breakfast and anything from 30 TL for dinner per person excluding drinks. Fish is generally more expensive.
Turkey does produce some good wines and there is a wide choice available. You can buy a good bottle at the supermarket for approx 20 to 25 TL but will find the same bottle priced at 60 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. The Turkish people drink this with water and ice and never drink without eating at the same time, usually mezes.
Imported drinks are expensive in Turkey due to the tax so 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.
Whilst most restaurants do not charge you for mooring on their jetties during your charter you will find some have a charge to cover community costs. These are usually around 20 -50TL per night. As a matter of etiquette restaurant owners will expect you to dine in their restaurant if you are using their jetty.
In the larger marinas such as Netsel Marina, Marmaris, Marti Marina, Orhaniye, Ece Marina, Fethiye you can expect to pay between 50 – 100 euro’s per night dependent on the size of your yacht.
Mooring fees for Sail in Turkey fleet are FOC whilst you are in Adakoy Marina during your charter.
The larger towns Marmaris, Fethiye, Bodrum are a shoppers paradise with colourful shops in the bazaar selling souvenirs, jewellery, carpets, T-shirts,… to well known stores.
In the small villages you will find local markets selling fresh produce, spices, vegetables and fruit all grown locally.