Gocek

Gocek

It was named “Kalimche” in ancient times, and is located between Fethiye – Telmessos in ancient times – and Dalyan – Caunos in ancient times. According to the legends, it is in the Gocek area that Icarus landed in the sea after his famous flight trying to escape from the tower where he was imprisoned. Gocek was used as a harbour for ships loading chrome ore collected from the mines under nearby mountains during the Ottoman period.Today, Gocek hosts six significant marinas that serve the yacht tourism in the region A prominent characteristic of the town is the fact that it harbors islands and coves located in a large and secluded bay. Owing to its location, it naturally enjoys a high potential for yacht tourism. In 1988, Gocek was declared a Registered Area of Special Protection. Therefore, multi-story buildings are not allowed, the tourist accommodation facilities are two-storied hotels, motels, apartment hotels, and pensions situated in the town center. Gocek has all the necessary infrastructure, capacity, and amenities expected in a tourism center, yet it is renowned as a much more peaceful and quiet settlement than some other tourism areas. Gocek is situated on Dalaman–Fethiye highway. İt is 20 minutes away from Dalaman Airport. The 926-meter Gocek vehicle tunnel, completed in June 2006, has significantly increased the accessibility of the town. The vehicle tunnel is a toll roadway and the first example of build-operate-transfer model.The permanent population in Gocek is around 4,500. This number exceeds 7,000 during the summer months. Since Gocek is a departure and arrival point for Blue Cruises, there is heavy yacht traffic in the town harbor. With its secluded bay, the harbor is quiet and safe, especially for long-distance travelers arriving from international waters. Gocek coves and the 12 islands, which are described as a hidden paradise, with clean Mediterranean water, green pine forests, and beaches. High-quality boarding facilities, daily boat tours, entertainment facilities on the seaside, and numerous nearby beaches and coves provide various alternatives for local and international tourists traveling by road to spend their vacations. There are many ( especially fish restaurants ) restaurants, cafes, and bars on the harbour.There is a well-maintained, 24-hour health center, with five doctors and three pharmacies in the town.There are two big and several smaller grocery shops, as well as two butchers. Although many locals now earn most of their income from tourism, life continues much as it has done for centuries. The phrase used by villagers to describe guests and foreigners is, “guests of God”.