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During the Persian occupation King Mausolus (377 - 351 BCE) was appointed as an independent ruler of the Carian coast, who chose Halicarnassos (Bodrum) as his capital.
In the centuries after Alexander the Great, the Carians - as well as other neighbouring civilisations - were subject to a powerful Hellenization and as a result little remained of their earlier art and culture. The few items that survived suggest an Ionian influence; while Carians and Lycians preferred rock tombs, the tomb of Mausolus resembled an Ionian Temple.
Furthermore, it is easy to cross into Greek waters, towards the Dodecanese; the beautiful islands of Symi, Kos, Nisyros and Rhodes are just a day sailing away.
Ports of entry along the Carian coast are Bodrum, Datça and Marmaris.
The Greek ports of entry are Kos, Symi and Rhodes.
The normal wind in the sailing holiday season is the meltemi, which blows from the NW - WNW in open waters, but nearer to shore follows the coastlines. Occasionally, in the high season gusts can reach above 6-7 Bft. Outside the season the meltemi is less powerful and even several days of light winds could be expected. Usually the wind will pick up early in the afternoon, which is ideal for anchoring. Yet, there is the possibility that the meltemi doesn't die at the end of the day and continues during the night.
Turkish Waters & Cyprus Pilot
Guide to the coast of Turkey from the Bosphorus to the Syrian border and Cyprus has been updated and improved throughout.
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