Legends claim that Gocek is also the hometown of Icarus, who flew to the sun but fell down to his death according to mythology.It is also believed that Gocek served as the main port town of Lycia in the times of Strabo and Herodotus.
Today, Gocek hosts 6 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.
Gocek became known to groups of artists and poets and to some fisherman from Bodrum as a result of their cruising along the Turkish Turquoise Coast, a journey later called the “Blue Voyage”. Gocek coves and the 12 Islands, which are described as a hidden paradise, with clean Mediterranean water, green pine forests and beaches, have rendered Gocek an indispensable destination.