Why You Should try Turkey’s Alternative Cruising Style

A stunning cruise on a traditional gulet that makes every second enjoyable and awe inspiring. Explore ancient ruins with exceptional backdrops that look like they are straight from a painting.

When you think of Turkey and cruising you would probably think of an ocean liner visiting a number of countries along the Mediterranean Sea. However, Turkey has been running a different type of cruise and every year more and more people are booking as soon as they can.

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Gulet cruises are drawing people to unique holiday destinations. Gulets are traditional boats that have been made in places like Istanbul and Fethiye for generations. As popularity has increased so did the number of boat yards making them. These gulets started out as working boats for ferrying cargo or fishing. However, do not mistake their humble beginnings; new gulets are being fitted specifically for tourism and companies like Alaturka Cruises make holidays on these types of vessels a reality. Alaturka Cruises

The cruises often embark on short four or five day journeys, but this does not mean that they are lacking in the quality of destinations explored along the way. The Turkish coastline is full of ancient and natural wonders that should not be missed. In addition, the harbors where these cruises depart from and arrive to are often worth visiting themselves.

The modern gulet is made to be luxurious and comfortable whilst maintaining its rich history. The rooms are ideally sized to give enough space on, board especially as most people spend their days relaxing on deck. As another highlight, it is also possible to sleep on deck – bringing up the bedding from the room and sleeping under the stars while listening to the sounds of water gently splashing the shore.

The Turquoise coast is famous for its crystal-clear waters and natural untouched islands. While the natural beauty is a huge draw for these tours there are also many historical locations to experience. Ancient ruins such as the Sunken City just outside of Kekova are a stunning site to see. This historic city that once flourished was unluckily hit by a major earthquake that destroyed the town and sunk a section which can now be seen from aboard your gulet. Alakisla cape - Gokova Gulf

Some islands have a wonderful balance of natural and historical sites. St. Nicolas Island was designed to have this balance as it was built as a place of worship but the natural beauty was not destroyed to make way for it. Since then, nature has regrown among the ruins and visitors can take a walk around this small island that has the backdrop of Gemiler beach and the Aegean Sea.

Those islands that have been left virtually untouched often have some superb swimming areas. While the coast is famous for all of the islands off the coast there are also many bays that are only reached by boat. Butterfly Valley has become famous for this very reason. Butterfly Valley is a protected area of land for the preservation of the butterflies from which it has earned its name.

What cruise would be complete without some amazing food such as traditional dishes served fresh for each meal. This includes breakfasts consisting of freshly cooked eggs, cold meats, jams and other Turkish preserves, bread, as well as some fresh light salad items. These meals are especially made to be filling but not too heavy so that passengers can still swim after their meal. Other meals vary between fresh barbecued fish or an option of meat, with traditional Turkish mezes that are gorgeous in flavour and make you want to come back again and again.

Sun, Sea and Swimming in Southwest Turkey
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Is it Better to Renovate or Move?

For those that aren’t entirely happy in their home, it’s clear that something has to change. When it comes down to it, both of these will cost you time and money – but which one is best for you? Let’s take a look at the key differences, pros and cons of these. Is-it-better-to-renovate-of-move


Both of these will cost you money, though renovation can be cheaper than moving for most people. When you’re moving house, there’s a lot of costs to concern yourself with, from remortgaging fees to legal advice. Moving house is a very costly process and it takes a lot of your time too.
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While renovating comes with some costings, they are slightly reduced. You also get to use the money on making the house exactly the way you want it, instead of buying one that has already been renovated. This allows you to make your own mark and create the home that you want.

If you’re shopping for a new home, then you may also have to renovate when you move in. There’s no guarantee that everything will be exactly the way you want it, so you may need to spend more on renovation on top of the move.


The time that you take to move and to renovate are roughly the same, depending on the amount of work you’re doing. If you want to ensure that you’re reducing time and costs while renovating, protect your home and furnishings with additional safety equipment from companies such as TRIMACO®, who are renowned for their industrial standard of surface protection equipment.

Moving and the legal processes that go along with this can take a lot longer than a renovation. If you’re spending time looking for the perfect property, before lining up the paperwork then this can take a lot of time.

Either way, you have to be ready to invest your time in updating your home or moving to a new one.


The results that you get from a renovation or a move will depend on the time that you put into them. Renovations can change up a home a lot more than you think, especially if you redesign one of the key rooms of your home, like the kitchen or the living room.

When you go for an entirely new home, you might not know what to expect with these either. What you see on an open day can be very different to what you get when you move in. New homes are notorious for being misleading or taking a lot of time to do up, even when you initially thought everything was already taken care of.

The results that you get will be based on the amount of time and money that you put into renovating or moving. Don’t settle for a new home if you think you could change your existing one to be even better.

It’s entirely up to you whether you feel that changing your home or buying a new one is for you. Take your time to evaluate all of the prospects before you settle on your final decision.

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