Marina Istanbul, in Büyükçekmece Bay, Turkey, provides a base and launch point for yachts exploring the Black Sea countries, as well as being a destination in its own right. 20 minutes drive from Istanbul International Atatürk airport and in easy reach of the main highways, it is also a great place from which to explore the famous Grand Bazaar, the Ayasofya museum and other attractions. Covering an area of 25 hectares the marina provides 600 full service berths for yachts up to 70 metres. Facilities include fuel station, pump-out, customs clearance, state-of-the-art security, and extensive repair and maintenance facilities. The marina village includes restaurants, cafés, bars, a spa, a sports complex, yacht club, captain’s club and one of the biggest shopping centres in the area. The official opening is scheduled for 2013.