Manal Bay is about 80 km. from Izmir, located north of the Gulbahce 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.
The shoreline is sheltered from the Northerly winds for swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters. Offers excellent off-shore windsurfing, both for beginners and flat water speeds 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.
Vacation rentals and camping is available, please contact me with your inquiries. Basic services and shopping is available 6 km. away, in Mordogan. Post office, gas station, hardware stores, mini-markets, restaurants, tea-houses, and fresh fish, grocery, butcher and bake shops available. There is a local open-air market (Pazar) every week.