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Choose a villa in Gocek for peace and tranquillity, to enjoy beautiful indigo bays surrounded by jade green vegetation. Located in the Fethiye district on the Turkish Riviera, or Turquoise Coast, Gocek is a small town with a distinctly Mediterranean feel and one of our Gocek villa holidays will suit couples, families and groups of friends seeking a villa in Turkey. Gocek is known throughout the Riviera for its yacht tourism, with six beautiful marinas and spectacular scenery, and the area was declared one of special protection in 1988 – meaning no high-rises (only luxury villas). Life here slows down, and revolves around activities in the sea, on the beach and in the mountains.

Things to do in Gocek

Life in Gocek revolves around the outdoors, whether it’s relaxing on one of the many white-sand beaches, swimming in the sparkling Mediterranean, hiking in the nearby pine forests or organising a yacht trip from one of Gocek’s six marinas. The small and sophisticated town is a great place to go shopping and offers a fantastic mix of Turkish stores, authentic designer boutiques and a bustling Sunday market selling fresh produce and ‘genuine’ fakes.

There are no public beaches in Gocek – one of the reasons for its retained charm and tranquillity – but you can pay for a day at the D-Resort Gocek’s private Blue Flag beach or jump on a water taxi and zoom over to a little ‘secret’ beach on Gocek Island.

Other highlights of your Gocek villa holiday include sailing, a total must and with private yacht tours, group tours and private charters available, and hiking trails in the nearby mountains. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities like Roman Abramovich, Prince Charles, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Rod Stewart by taking a Gocek villa with a private pool, offering the perfect private base for a family villa holiday.

Gocek was known as Kalimce in ancient times and the area offers a plethora of historical sites nearby, such as Tlos, Pınara, Xanthos, Telmessos and Patara. Ideal for a villa holiday, the town is just a handy 20-minute drive from the airport in Dalaman.

History and culture in Gocek

Gocek was known as Kalimce during antiquity, and the whole surrounding area is steeped in ancient history – shaped by Romans, Greeks, Byzantines and Ottomans. From your Gocek villa, it’s easy to access some of the famous historical and archaeological sites in the region, such as the Fethiye Museum, Pınara, Xanthos, Tlos Letoon, Patara and Telmessos – all with fantastic ruins such as amphitheatres, temples and Roman baths and tombs dating back to ancient times.

For Byzantine history, head to Gemiler Island, an island covered with Lycian ruins – some with well-preserved mosaics – and Byzantine churches. The poignant ghost village of Kayakoy is also a short drive away, abandoned during the Greco-Turkish War population exchange. 

Family holidays in Gocek

It’s best to get a family villa with a private pool in Gocek as there are no public beaches, but it’s worth paying for a day at one of the handful of private beach clubs and resorts with beaches. Resorts like D-Resort Gocek offer a safe day at the beach with great facilities, umbrellas and a lifeguard – also holding coveted Blue Flag status. As a ritzy, yachty destination, there are few dedicated children’s activities in Gocek itself, but the town is just a 30-minute drive from Fethiye with its water parks like WaterWorld Waterpark and Aquapark. 

Adventurous activities in Gocek

Gocek lives and breathes yachting, and the more adventurous types should avoid the yachts and jump on a sailing boat for an adventure-packed voyage around the bay. With six marinas to choose from, there are dozens of companies offering sailings boat tours and even private rentals for those with a boat license. From your villa in Gocek you’ll also be able to travel further afield, to nearby Fethiye which offers quad bike and buggy tours of the local area – prepare for a dusty and muddy day – and the chance to enjoy a Jeep safari through local Turkish villages and off-road into the mountains.

The area also offers a handful of top hiking trails through pine forests and lush vegetation allowing travellers so discover local flora and fauna – just make sure to go early during summer to avoid the soaring temperatures. 

Romance in Gocek

There are plenty of ways to make your Gocek villa holiday a romantic one, starting with the town’s six marinas which offer a fantastic location for a date night. Many of the marinas are lined with little restaurants and bars out on the waterfront, so couples can enjoy a drink or meal overlooking the twinkling Mediterranean Sea – even better during sunset. For the best sunset in Gocek, head near the Gocek Yacht Club or enjoy the evening at D-Resort Gocek with its private beach. The most romantic thing to do from one of our couples’ villas in Gocek is to enjoy a romantic sailing boat or yacht cruise, made even more special at sunset, from one of the town’s dozens of operators and charters. 

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