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The Goddess Rhea

In Greek mythology, Rhea was the mother of the gods, daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She was married to her brother Cronus and was the mother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus.

Cronus was jealous of the future power of his children and, to secure his dominion, he ate his own children. Rhea managed to rescue one son, Zeus. She hid him in the Dictean Cave in Crete and gave Cronus a stone wrapped in the clothes of the infant, which he swallowed. Thus Rhea succeeded in making him believe that he had killed all of his children. When Zeus reached maturity he overpowered and dethroned his father and made Cronus disgorge his siblings.

Rhea is identified with mother goddess Cybele from Asia Minor and is also known as Rhea Cybele and Magna Mater ("great mother"). She was worshipped with orgiastic rites. Rhea is depicted between two lions or on a chariot pulled by lions.

Turkish Cruising Areas

Sailing possibilities depend upon where the cruise starts and finishes, how much sailing the guests want to do each day, and what sort of places they want to visit. The routes can be “tailor-made” from the following areas or from further afield.

The Gulfs of Kos & Gulluk, including Bodrum 

Between the Bodrum Peninsula and the Datça Peninsula is the Gulf of Kos (Gökova), it is a dramatic, big gulf with some beautiful anchorages. Just around the head of the Datça peninsula is Mersincik, a serene little inlet off a large unspoilt bay. Further down the gulf are the beautiful Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands), English Harbour, Cleopatra’s Island (famed for its white sand imported by Anthony for Cleopatra, it also has a pretty little overgrown amphitheatre), and Karaca Sögüt, all individual and interesting stops.

At the head of the gulf is Gekova and the expanding resort village of Akyaka. Along the north side of the gulf are fewer anchorages, but still some worth visiting. Bodrum is a large town with a historic harbour and castle built by the Knights of St. John (now home for a museum including many exhibits from wrecks). Shopping is good in the old town and Bodrum is famed for its night life! There are several bays around the peninsula beyond Bodrum, including Gumusluk, site of the city of Myndos. To the North of the Bodrum Peninsula is the Gulf of Gulluk, another large gulf with anchorages and islands, including the ruins of the ancient city of Iassos.

Possible transfer ports: Bodrum (or nearby Bitez, Gumbet, Yalikavak or Turgut Reis), Karaca Sögüt, Akyaka.

The Gulfs of Simi & Doris, including Datça 

The largest port in this area is Datça. Datça is lively at night but still feels small, there are some interesting shops including a specialist in rare carpets and antique jewellery. Further west along the peninsula are several bays including Mesudiye, a pretty bay with a family run restaurant renowned for its different food and fun atmosphere. At the end of the peninsula is Knidos, the extensive ruins of a city and ports dating from before Christ through the Byzantine era, it is famous for the statue of Aphrodite.

South of Datça is the Greek Island of Simi with the charming port of Simi (steep sided with a strong Venitian influence) and the fascinating Panoromitis monastery in a small natural harbour. Visits to Simi would depend on the current customs regulations and be subject to some additional fees for formalities.

Between the Datça Peninsula and the Bozburun Peninsula is the Gulf of Doris (Hisarönu) with numerous anchorages and the villages of Selimiye (Port Losta), at the head of a large pretty enclosed bay, and Orhaniye (Keçi Bükü), in a forested steep inlet with a ruined castle on an island and a long sand spit sticking out into the bay. South of the Gulf of Doris is the Gulf of Simi (Sömbeki), our local area. Here Bozburun is a small port, former centre of the Turkish sponge fishing industry and now an area of wooden boat building. In the approach are islands with many ruins and to the south is the large bay of Sögüt Liman with the fishing village of Sögüt Köyü.

Our home base, Villa Julia, is tucked into the corner of the bay where we are fortunate to enjoy a superb cruising area – spectacular countryside, fascinating ruins and people who are remarkable for their warmth and generosity.

Possible transfer ports: Orhaniye, Sogut.

West of Marmaris to the Fethiye Area,
including Dalyan

On the end of the Loryma Peninsula is Loryma (Bozuk Bükü), an anchorage guarded by large fortifications dating from c430 BC, and further East is Serçe, another natural harbour famed as the site of a wreck. Continuing eastwards are smaller anchorages such as Gebekse and Çiftlik, then the bustling port of Marmaris and later the pine clad bay of Ekincik. From here local boats can be hired to go up the Dalyan River to the famous ruins of Caunos, the town of Dalyan, thermal mud baths and the Köyçegiz lake.

Beyond Ekincik is Baba Adasi, an island reputed to have been the haunt of pirates, and then the extensive Fethiye bay area. In the western side of the bay is the sophisticated port of Goçek and a large spectacular cruising area. This area has many beautiful islands and anchorages plus several archaeological sites including ancient Lydia. On the eastern side of the bay is the large bustling port and market town of Fethiye.

Possible transfer ports: Sogut, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye.

East of Fethiye, including Kalkan, Kas & Kekova 

Just to the east of Fethiye bay is Gemiler (St. Nicholas) Island, covered with Byzantine ruins, and Cold Water Bay, renowned for its spring waters and an interesting walk to the large deserted Greek village of Kaya Köyü. Nearby is the famous lagoon at Ölüdeniz and then there is a longer sail past the 7 capes and Patara Beach, to Kalkan, steeply sloping around a small harbour, it has a relaxed atmosphere, good restaurants and interesting shops.

East again to Kas, a small fishing and market town, with the nearby Greek Island of Kastelorizon - depending on the current customs regulations it should be possible to visit. It used to be an important stop on the coastal route and it’s pre-war bustle can still be envisaged. There are excellent fish restaurants and a blue grotto cave in which seals are reputed to breed. Then on to Kekova and Kali, famed for sunken ruins, tombs, a lagoon, and a mediaeval castle above a picturesque fishing hamlet. Myra is also nearby with more churches and ruins.

Possible transfer ports: Gocek, Fethiye, Kalkan, Kas.