Named Kalimche in ancient times, legend has it that it was where Icarus landed in the sea after his famous flight to escape from the tower where he was imprisoned. The natural harbour makes Göcek a perfect stopping place for yachts and gulets alike and it attracts a mix of ‘yachties’ and others who enjoy its fusion of sophistication and simplicity.
The many waterside restaurants and bars provide the perfect setting to watch the theatre of the boats before you. The ‘main’ street has a nice mix of boutiques, hardware shops and such like. There are several banks and a post office in the main square.
The weekly market is held on a Sunday and traders come from far afield selling T-shirts and souvenirs alongside the fresh produce and house wares.
For a Turkish bath you can take the small ferry boat from the harbour, across to Club Marina where you will also find Upper Deck Beach Club with a small beach ( Entrance Fee is Payable ). Alternatively you can travel by road (4km).
Other beaches nearby include the man-made but wonderfully kept one at the Swiss hotel for which a fee is payable. There are also Inlice Beach (5km), Günlüklü Beach (13Km) and Katranci Beach is (10km) from Gocek. These beaches are shingle/stone beaches and have a forest backdrop and basic snack facilities Entrance fees are payable. You can also get taxi boats to Göcek Island or charter a boat for the day from the Belediye (council) Marina, in front of the main square.
Originally nomads, who found Gocek too hot, moved up into the mountains forming this tiny village.
The village is the centre of cultivation of herbs and olives. There is a small factory producing olive oil in the centre of the village and sold to visitors. There are other goodies to buy such as village bread, cheese, yoghurt and red pepper paste.