GĂ¶cek is a small town in the Fethiye district in MuÄla Province, Turkey.
It was named âKalimcheâ in ancient times, and is located between Fethiye which was Telmessos in ancient times â and Dalyan called Kaunos in ancient times. According to the legends, Icarus landed in the sea in the GĂ¶cek area after his famous flight trying to escape from where he was imprisoned. GĂ¶cek was used as a harbor for shipping chrome ore collected from the mines in the mountains in the area during the Ottoman period. Today, GĂ¶cek has six significant marinas that serve the yachters coming to the region. They are: Club Marina, Skopea Marina, Municipality Marinas, Marinturk GĂ¶cek Village Port, Marinturk GĂ¶cek Exclusive and Port GĂ¶cek Marina.
A prominent characteristic of the town is that in the harbor there are islands and coves scattered through it's large and secluded bay. In 1988, GĂ¶cek was declared a Registered Area of Special Protection. Therefore, multi-storey buildings are not allowed to be built, so the tourist facilities are two-storied hotels, motels, apartment hotels, and pensions situated in the town center and along its periphery. GĂ¶cek has all the necessary infrastructure, capacity, and amenities you would find in a tourism location, but it is known as being a much more peaceful and laid-back destination than many other crowded tourism areas.
The 980-meter GĂ¶cek vehicle tunnel, completed in June 2006, has significantly increased the accessibility of the town for those arriving at Dalaman Airport. GĂ¶cek is a departure and arrival point for Blue Cruises, so there is heavy yacht traffic in the town harbor. The numerous coves surrounding GĂ¶cek and the 12 Islands, which are described as a hidden paradise, with clean Mediterranean water, green pine forests, and secluded beaches, have turned GĂ¶cek into a favored destination for sailors. Modern boarding facilities, daily boat tours, seaside entertainment facilities, and beautiful nearby beaches provide a diversity of choices for local and international tourists to spend their holiday.
The nightlife is excellent with places like the Blue Restaurant and Bar - located by the sea between two of the marinas. Blue is one of the favorite restaurants and bars in GĂ¶cek amongst yachtsmen, holiday makers and local people enjoying Blue's entertainment such as their Salsa Night with dancing in the street.
Under the influence of a Mediterranean climate in GĂ¶cek the summer season begins in May and continues until the end of October. In the summer heat can be oppressive. Most visitors spend thier daytime hours at the beaches and hotel pools. The temperature falls below 10 degrees during the winter months. In summer the temperature reaches 40 degrees. Nine months of the year it is possible to swim in the sea. Basically, the summers are hot and dry, winters are mild and rainy at times.
Dalaman International Airport is 22 km away from GĂ¶cek. Travelers from Europe during the summer months can find many non-scheduled (charter) flights and scheduled flights can be found 12 months a year. Big cities like Istanbul and Ankara always have domestic flights on Turkish Airlines for those who want to visit GĂ¶cek. Dalaman airport can reached from Istanbul with a 50-minute flight.
The highway to GĂ¶cek from Fethiye and Dalaman means there is no problem with ground transportation. There are many bus companies that serve all destinations on the south coast of Turkey.
The traditional âBlue Journeyâ was first realized as a culture trip on the sea by a group of intellectuals in the 1960âs. They named it âBlue Journeyâ. During those trips, stopping at small bays on the Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts, they used to do all the work on the boat themselves, such as cooking, cleaning in turn and naming this cooperation âimeceâ traditionally. They disembarked often in order to see the ancient ruins and remains. They had long talks and discussions on history, mythology, poetry, painting etc. With the development of tourism in the region, the blue journey of the intellectuals became popular. They started to organize one-day, seven day, or even longer trips.
The Twelve Islands can be reached by private charter boats, simple fishing boats, and larger yachts. There are about 20 sailing and motor yacht charter and brokerage companies, which makes GĂ¶cek a perfect sailing destination. Accordingly, there are several technical yacht services, chandlers and maintenance services.
There is a well-maintained, 24-hour health center with five doctors and there are three pharmacies in town. There are two large and several smaller grocery stores, as well as two butchers.