Göcek is a short drive away from Dalaman. With the opening of the new tunnel beneath the mountains the journey times is just over 10 minutes.
The waterfront is lined with bars and restaurants. Inland life revolves around the pretty market square which is lined with little shops selling antiques and crafts as well as the more usual carpets.
Though this area and surrounding bays is called the 12 islands, there are, in fact, far more than that and you could easily explore a different one each day of your holiday. On some you will find a simple restaurant, on others fragments of classical or Byzantine ruins, on others nothing but glorious peace and quiet. Göcek has long been a desirable destination for both Turkish and foreign yachtsmen, as well as a favourite stopover for jet-setters and celebrities alike.