About Gocek, Turkey
Göcek (geuh-jek) is a natural harbour lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye, on the Turquoise coast of Turkey. Surrounded by the beautiful woodland of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and hidden bays of this beautiful gulf. It is the western Mediterranean’s yachting hot spot, and the attractive bay makes it a relaxing alternative when compared to the other locations on the turquoise coast, the Mediterranean sea.
Because of the geography of the region, warm climate, freshwater sources Göcek has beautiful nature. It is surrounded by pine trees and exotic bays… a breathtaking landscape in Turkey. Herbs like sage, oregano, french lavender, and eatable mushrooms like morels, chanterelle naturally grows on fertile soils of this land. It is a unique place that green branches of trees merge with the clear, bright blue seawater. When combined with beautiful sunsets and sunrise, it feels you like in a dream. In short, Göcek is an ideal spot for nature lovers and for those who are dreaming of a calm and quiet lifestyle.
Göcek has taken under protection by the law is 1998. You cannot see any multi-story buildings. This includes touristic accommodations in Göcek. Mostly it is based on Yacht cruising that thousands of sailors come all around the world. Today Gocek has six marinas in the Gulf. Because of the boat traffic and marinas, the beach numbers are limited in the Gulf. But there are many choices if you go by boat or car. Most people think it is a disadvantage, but If there was a public beach, Göcek would not be quiet and calming anymore. On the other hand, Göcek would be very crowded and could not conserve its beauty, and quickly would become like the other touristic spots. So, we consider not having a public beach as one of the advantages to avoid crowds. Göcek is beautiful in its current state.
Where is Göcek?
Göcek is a small and boutique town between Dalaman and Fethiye. The distance from Göcek to Fethiye is 30 km, which takes only 35 minutes by driving. But the most advantageous part of this small town is that it is only 22 km away from Dalaman International Airport. You can reach to Göcek in 25 min by driving. There are a lot of direct flights to Göcek from most of the European Cities, Moscow, Kyiv, Tel Aviv. So, Göcek is actually not too far away from where you live, it is only a couple of hours away.
You can find the location of Gocek Fethiye Turkey on google map.
Supermarkets and shops in Göcek Turkey
Most of the shops and Supermarkets are located in the Town Center. We tried to pin them on the map that you can download and save on your mobile phone. Migros and Macrocenter are delivering your orders over 100 TL directly to your apartment or villa. Most of them are open till midnight in the summer season. But if you need anything after midnight, the markets at petrol stations and Yavuz Market is open 24 hours a day.
In addition, Macrocenter and some of the supermarkets have butcher and greengrocer. But, if possible, please support local butcher and greengrocers that we pinned on the map. Please check the link for other markets, butchers, and greengrocers.
Restaurants and Cafes in Göcek Turkey
There are many choices in Göcek from steaks, kebabs to seafood. Most of the restaurants are located on the seaside with a beautiful view and a nice Mediterranean atmosphere.
Club Nen ($$), West Cafe ($$), Limon Restaurant ( $$), Lotis Kitchen ( $$$) have many choices on the menu from western dishes to Turkish traditional cuisine in Göcek. For fish, we recommend Dim Elit ($$), Özcan ($$), and Can ( $$) restaurants. They have fresh fishes and nice “meze”s. Kebap Hospital ($$), Ceasar Et Lounge ($$) are recommended meat restaurants for kebap and steaks.
If you want to have a special meal in a unique spot, Q-lounge ( $$$), Breeze ( $$$) are very good choices with a beautiful atmosphere in Gocek D-Marine.
Natural Garden ($), Mercan Cafe ($), and Can Cafe ($) are also good choices for fast food, pizzas, Turkish pides. And also, these are more budget-friendly.
If you want to have some good drink and atmosphere, Del Marine is a fantastic place under the trees. It always gets wind in hot summer days. Also Bamboo and Giz have nice music at night that you can go and enjoy after your meal.
Göcek Beaches and where to swim in Göcek
One of the beaches in Gocek is Blue Point Beach. It is a private beach that belongs to D-Marine, and it is available for a daily fee or by having a membership. The entrance fee is 250 TL. The price includes sun loungers, umbrella, and beach towels. But be aware of Turkish national holidays when they have the full capacity.
There is also Göcek Island Beach that you can reach by boat, which goes from Belediye (Municipal) Marina, every half or one hour depends on the season. They charge …… TL for the boat trip and ….. TL umbrella and sun loungers.
We have another beach club called Lime Beach in Gocek Club Marina on the other side of the harbour. This place does not have a sandy beach, but they have very nice decks with sunbeds, lounges. A very pleasant atmosphere that you are looking through the Göcek and magnificent mountains surrounding you. You can reach Lime Beach by car or by free shuttle boat from Skopea Marina.
The closest public beach is Inlice Beach, which is 5 km away from Göcek town centre. You can go there by car, taxi or minibuses from the town centre.
You can also get a daily boat trip and discover the most beautiful islands and bays in Turkey. The boats visit Yassıca Ada, Bedri Rahmi, Hamam Bay, and more beautiful places for swimming. Boats leave the harbour at 10.00 am and come back at 17:30 – 18:00. Prices depend on the boat capacity. There are many choices on the harbour. They also serve lunch in the boat.
Beaches around Gocek
There are more beaches around Göcek you can drive or take a taxi. On Fethiye side: Günlüklü (14 km), Karaot Beach (20 km), Çalış Beach (25 km) or Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon Beach (42 km – 45 minutes). On Dalaman way: Osmanaga Bay (6,5 km), Kille Beach (15km), Sarsala Beach (28 km), Sarıgerme Beach (30 km), İztuzu Turtle Beach (39 km) and more. Most of the beaches are very crowded during weekends. If you want a calm experience you can go on weekdays or early hours of the day.
If you want to get more information about “Things to do in and around Göcek” please check our post.
Things to do around Göcek
Daily Boat trip
The boats leave the harbour at 10:00 am and come back at 17:30 – 18:00. The boats visit 3-4 beautiful spots like Yassıca Ada, Bedri Rahmi, Hamam Bay etc. The price depends on the season and boat. They generally serve lunch at the boats. There are also many comfortable boats, not too many people and no loud music. If you want to go with one of these quiet boats, please contact us.
Private Boat trip
If you want to enjoy the bays and islands in Göcek only with your family, It is better to get a private boat. There are different options from small boats to Gulet. You can choose where to go or leave it to the captain. They will take you to the best places if you wish. If you want to eat at a restaurant they can take you to a nice waterside restaurant, or they can cook for you at the boat. Please contact with us for boat options and availability.
Trekking – Hiking
There are a couple of hiking roads around Göcek that you can get feel the nature, explore the flora, discover beautiful views of the area. We added some of the trekking paths to the map that we shared with you. For more details, you can contact us.
Göcek Sunday Bazaar
You can find many seasonal fruits and vegetables from locals’ gardens. If you go there early, you can have your breakfast with the pancakes that they are serving in the bazaar and shop before the weather gets hot and the place gets crowded.
Tuesday Bazaar, Fethiye (30 km)
There is another big bazaar in Fethiye. It is much bigger and has a lot more choices for fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a very popular tourist attraction. If you do not want to be in a crowded place you can go early then enjoy the rest of the day in Fethiye.
Kayaköy – Ancient Greek Town (40 km)
Kayaköy (ancient Karmylassos) is about 9km south of Fethiye, by the road. It is an eerie ghost town of 4000 abandoned stone houses and other structures that once made up the Greek town of Levissi. Today this timeless village, set in a lush valley with some vineyards nearby, forms a memorial to Turkish-Greek peace and cooperation. In the evening, when the ruined village’s churches are spotlit, Kayaköy is truly surreal.
If you can go there early before the sun reaches the top, or late afternoon 2-3 hours before sunset. 2 Hours hiking in Kayaköy is enough to explore the area. Kayaköy has restaurants where you can dine, but your choices are limited. Cinbal is famous for its grilled foods, Yalçın is where you can find high-quality meet and feel the village atmosphere. But If you want to eat different things, do not spend your time in Kaya to find nice food. Try Fethiye or Ölüdeniz. We have pinned nice restaurants on the map.
You can also go to Gemiler Bay if you want to spend a full day around Kayaköy, then you can pass to the St. Nicholas Island from Gemiler Bay.
If you want to do short hiking, you can go to the Af Kule, a monastery on the cliffs with an amazing view of the Mediterranean coast. If you are lucky, you can even see the Rhodes Islands.
Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon Beach (42km)
You probably saw here on advertisements for Turkey. Ölüdeniz is like a place in heaven. With its sheltered (and protected) lagoon beside a lush national park, a long spit of sandy beach and Baba Dağ (Mt Baba) casting its shadow across the sea, Ölüdeniz (eu-leu-den-eez), 15 km south of Fethiye, is a dream that springs from a glossy brochure.
But we do not recommend to go there on the Turkish national holidays like Ramadan Eid Holiday or Feast of Sacrifice Holiday because it is the most crowded times of this place.
You can enjoy the white sandy beaches, enjoy the sun. There are many paragliding companies that offer you an unforgettable adventure, flying from Babadağ summit ( 1968 m ) and have one of the amazing views of Turquoise coast, the Mediterranean.
If you find Ölüdeniz Crowded, our next favourite beach is Kıdrak, only 2 km away from Ölüdeniz. A unique place like paradise.
If you want to drive around, you can drive to Kabak, Butterfly Valley way. Enjoy the Faralya Village with breathtaking views. It is very difficult to go to Kabak and Butterfly Valley Beach on the same day. You need another day to explore these places.
If you want to eat in Ölüdeniz, Jade is one of the best places you can have tasty dishes in Ölüdeniz. But just in case, make a reservation beforehand, they are usually very busy. If you have time to wait for a table, they have nice lounges. You can enjoy your drinks at sunset until your table is ready. Nice music, drinks and food.
Saklıkent Gorge (72km)
Some 12km after the turn-off to Tlos heading south, this spectacular gorge is really just a fissure in the Akdağlar, the mountains towering to the northeast. Some 18km long, and up to 200m high, the gorge is too narrow in some places for even sunlight to squeeze through. Luckily you can, but prepare yourself for some very cold water – even in summer.
You approach the gorge along a wooden boardwalk towering above the river. On wooden platforms suspended above the water, you can relax, drink tea and eat fresh trout while watching other tourists slip and slide their way across the river, hanging onto a rope and then dropping into the gorge proper. Good footwear is essential, though plastic shoes and helmets can be rented (₺5).
Saklıkent George will take 3 hours to walk in it. Before going to Saklıkent you can visit Tlos Ancient Lycian town. When you finish Saklıkent if you have enough time and energy you can go to Patara Ancient city and enjoy the sunset at Patara Beach. There are more historical places around like Xantos and Pınara if you want to see.
Dalyan (32 km)
Dalyan is a small resort, near the pretty Dalyan River (the ancient Calbis River), closely located to International Dalaman airport. Dalyan is a traditional riverside village, which has been described as “one of the last cornerstone of paradise”. Overlooking the village are the astonishing Canous rock tombs of the King’s Cemetery and a little further along the river, you can discover the ancient city of Caunos with its ruined Amphitheatre.
The area is home to lots of wildlife in particular storks nest in the area every summer. Lake Köyceğiz lies at the head of the delta which is formed into a natural harbour. The delta became a home to all manner of flora and fauna, and Iztuzu beach became one of the last remaining natural nesting sites for Loggerhead Sea Turtles. It is only 10 minutes away from Dalyan, and the wetlands are home to many different freshwater turtles, birds, the rare blue crab and many fish species.
You can rent a boat on the riverside to take a boat tour. If you want to reserve a boat, please contact us. We can also provide a transfer if you want.
It is only 90 minutes from Fethiye with the fast ferry. The ferry leaves from Fethiye Harbour at 8:30 am and arrives Rhodes at 10:00. The harbour is just by the old town. You can explore this beautiful town and enjoy the Greek side of the Mediterranean in a one day trip. Beautiful shops and nice restaurants. And at 17:30 boats leaves from Rhodes islands and at 19:00 you reach Fethiye harbour.
Please contact for information about tickets and other details.