Dalaman – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°39’42.5″N 28°51’08.1″E / 36.661819, 28.852235

This cove lies on the north of the point; Martı Burnu. It indents to the west. This cove is open to east. Strong westerlies push in swell. The bottom does not afford good holding. There are good depths, and the depths shelve ashore and ends with a shingle beach. Keep some distance off the shore and anchor in 15 m and take a line ashore.

There are two bights on the northern side. Care is needed for the isolated reefs while dropping the anchor. You can anchor fore-and-aft. Keep some distance off the shore, ease your chain as much as possible to avoid drifting. Prevailing winds send in swell. There is another bight on the north, it is wider. Large powerboats berth here. Attractive anchorage with its settings.

Among the old writers, only Pliny mentions this city. It is known that this city has not minted coins however it is mentioned in inscriptions. The walls in the Acropolis can be partially seen. On the south side of the walls there are some inscriptions, these are the inscriptions of dignity which date back to the period of Ptolemy II and III, in the 3rd century B.C. There is not much left other than the graves which can be seen between the city and the sea. However, there should have been private and official buildings like in other antique cities.

Another name of Sıralıbük located in the recess of Cape Martin at the north of Sarsala Quay is Martin Cove. The cove, surrounded by high mountains on all sides, is unified with pine trees on mountains. Anchoring is possible in any place within the Bük which has five beaches. Sailboats which come to the beach on one day in a week, build fires and have a pleasant time, only the recess in the south is an ideal anchoring point. However, Sirali Buk being exposed to the North, once the winds start blowing, is no more a safe anchoring place.

Sıralıbük (Derin Koy) lies a mile further north from Sarsala Cove. As the name suggests, depths in the several coves around the bay are considerable, and it will be necessary to drop in up to 20 metres when taking lines ashore to the bollards. There is a narrow inlet at the SE corner of the bay with oleanders growing at its head where a (now ruined) restaurant used to be. Here one can moor with care in idyllic surroundings in 12 – 15 metres with a line ashore, but the inlet is tiny and can only really accommodate two or three yachts.

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Dalaman, 48770 Dalaman/Muğla Province, Turkey

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