Manal Bay



Manal Bay is about 80 km. from İzmir, located north of the Gülbahçe Bay at 38° 28'17'' N, 26° 36'36'' E. Populated mostly by vacation homes, the area is quiet, unpolluted and unspoiled--at least not just yet. (Editor's Note: This previous comment applies to off-season months, since Manal has become very popular with visitors during the months of June to September).
The shoreline is sheltered from the Northerly winds for swimming and snorkeling. Offers excellent off-shore windsurfing, both for beginners and flat water speed fans.





Prevailing local winds are Poyraz, also known asMeltem (North and North Easterly winds). Summer months are May through mid-October. July and August are the hottest months.
Morning to noon windforces of 5 to 6 for experts, and less strong afternoon winds for beginners. July and August have strongest summer winds at 7-8 force.
The area is noted in Rod Heikell's Turkish Waters Pilot book.  Visiting private sailboats can be anchored on either side of a small peninsula -- the West side is quieter and more protected to the Northerly winds than the East side.



Anchorage on sandy bottom. Seaweeds should be avoided to prevent anchor drag. During strong South and East wind conditions, preferred anchorage is at neighboring Gerence Bay, which is closed to all wind directions.



Basic services and shopping is available 6 km. away, in Mordoğan. Post office, gas station, markets, restaurants, tea-houses, hardware stores, and fish, grocery, butcher and bake shops are available. There is a local open-air market (Pazar) every week on Tuesdays.