... Datça ...
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The sweet town Datça (pronounce like 'Dutcha') was our first stop during the road trip. We started from Bursa, one of the biggest cities in western Turkey (and the 1st capital of Ottoman Empire), and until getting Datça, we passed through Balıkesir, Manisa, İzmir, Aydın, Muğla and Marmaris.
Lets start with some wiki info about Datça. Datça is a peninsula which is have been believed that separates Aegean and Mediterrannean seas. In other words, The Datça peninsula provides a natural boundary between the Gulf of Gökova in the Aegean Sea to the north, and the Gulf of Hisarönü in the Mediterrannean sea to the south. Among 75 km from Marmaris to Datça, the road winds among trees and hills, opening onto lovely views over the blue expanse.
There is also a village a few kms away from the downtown which is called Eski Datça (Old Datça). You will walk and hang out in narrow streets between stone houses here. Also have a drink in the local cafe(s), or buy some local art and hand-crafts as souvenirs or gifts from local people.
The marina in downtown Datça offers you daily boat tours for the famous bays of the peninsula, and price is so cheap (Around 15 EU). Tours starts early in the morning and end before sunset.
If you wanna see some ancient ruins, Knidos is exactly the place of you. At the end of the peninsula (38 km away from Datça) stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo as "a city that was built for the most beautiful goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas". Famous as a center of art and culture in the 4th century BC, the city has two harbours: one on the Aegean and the other one on the Mediterranean. The boat trips I mentioned above stops by the bay of Knidos for their passengers to explore the ruins.
To sum up, we stayed 3 nights here, and we liked the town. It was so calm and peaceful. I would like to go there again in the future.