A day like no other - sailing on the Meditteranean.
06.05.2013 - 06.05.2013 34 °C
Yet another concrete slab for a bed!
After breakfast we were taken back to the beach where we were yesterday - which is about a 40 minute drive from the hotel. We got on board a Gulet (sailing boat) for what was described as a 12 Island Cruise. Once again, an absolutely beautiful day weather wise - we've been spoilt! There were about 30 people on board. We spent the next 8 hours cruising around and stopping in to little beaches - or just jumping over the side of the boat in to the beautiful blue water. It was so clear that you could see the bottom.
We had a really nice lunch cooked for us - and us 6 travelling companions clinked our Efes beers together and toasted a magnificent, unforgettable day. The scenery was breathtaking - the mountains literally drop in to the sea. During the afternoon we stopped at an island called Demiler Island - St. Nicholas' Island. This was a little community in the 3rd Century, with buildings, churches and a cemetery. We went ashore, climbed up to the top of the island and went exploring these ruins. We were really lucky because not many others had the same idea, so we almost had the area to ourselves. Enchanting would be a good way to describe this little island, and the views from the top - well - no words do it justice. Another magic moment for me.
Back on the boat and off sailing again to another little lagoon. One of the guys working on the Gulet (and what a magnificent specimen of a young man he was!) told us that if we swam in the water there for 5 minutes we would look 10 years younger - it didn't work! No matter, it was great fun and once again - a high salt content so it was very easy to float. This young guy then climbed up the rocks on the side of the lagoon - probably about 40 feet high, and then did a magnificent dive off the side in to the water - to huge cheers and applause. What a showman!
Finally at around 6.30pm we arrived back at the beach where it all started and were collected and taken back to our hotel. An exhausting but brilliant day.