Byzantine Cove, Marmaris
Early in the morning, we left Byzantine cove and that gave me an opportunity to take a series of photos. The landscape with several ranges of hills and mountains was very tempting for the photographer. I have left the photos in the order they was taken, as much as we sailed out of Byzantine cove.
My opinion is that the best is number three. Is that your opinion too?
Byzntine cove is uninhabited but while we had just finished dinner, we saw that there was someone standing in a small local boat that was moored along the coast (first photo). We had neither seen nor heard him arriving.
The second photo shows the fisherman that seems to bail out his boat. Later, he left for fishing and came back later at night but we only saw the boat next morning. I suppose his home was somewhere, hidden in the olive groves.
A little further, a large excursion boat arrived late in the afternoon and was moored among our party (third photo).
The first photo was taken from the bottom of Byzantine cove (actually from our mooring) and shows the landscape towards the entrance of the cove with several grounds of mountain making a gradual range of haziness.
The second photo shows the pine forest with the Byzantine ruins on the far right.
Why the name of Byzantine cove? This is actually not the official name, as amazingly, on official marine charts, this cove has no name. However, it is the name that yachting charts, be them English or French have given it because of ruins of Byzantine aspect.
Photo 1 shows them from sea level, half hidden among the pine trees.
The second photo was taken from inside the ruins. This is the only window still standing.
Photo 3 shows a larger part of the ruined wall.
Though narrow, Byzantine cove is long enough to accommodate easily a whole flotilla of 13 yachts in open birth. Though it is not a place where you might just anchor and leave the boat swinging. You have better to have, once the anchor is set, a line moored on a rock, on a tree, on whatever is strong enough to hold it. You can see on the photos that each boat had done it but has moored in a different direction, which means that there is no prevailing wind inside the cove.
As soon as we moored, interested cows came from inland, both to graze on the shore and to have a look at the new intruders (photo 1). As flotillas moored regularly in the cove, they hadto be used to them and were not afraid anymore.
The second photo is a general view of a few boats and the cows.
The first photo shows the sailing to Byzantine cove The sea is not rough but has a strong lapping.
The second photo was taken from an elevation, once moored in the cove. The sea is here perfectly smooth. The hill that protects from the open sea is almost bare as it receives little water.
The third photo shows the outer side of the hill. The scarce vegetation does not reach sea level because of the waves.
The fourth photo shows the bottom of the cove. It is actually a peninsula, almost an island and you can see the open sea on the left.
I have given on my Marmaris front page a map that shows where is Byzantine cove. It is 7 nautic miles southwest to Marmaris, as the crow flies. This map is a close up on Byzantine cove, a very deep inlet open eastwards, a direction with few main winds. This is why it is an excellent shelter.