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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.

... Ancient city of Knidos ...
You can have both camping and adventure type vacation, or beach type vacation here. The most beautiful beach of Datça is Aktur beach which is 25 km away from downtown. It is a blue-flagged (in other words officially certified for cleanliness) beach and so beautiful.

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.

... Eski (Old) Datca ...
You can see and explore the calm bays of Datça by swimming with colourful fishes here :) Also, you can have dinner in restaurants next to the seaside in Datça and try famous fresh fish and seafood or traditional Turkish cuisine. There are also some bar/pubs to hang out after dinner, or if you still have energy, take a stroll and find a disco to your liking to while away the hours until the early morning.

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.

FurkanS says:
Merhaba :) hope you enjoyed Turkey :)
Posted on: Aug 23, 2015
dahling says:
I have not been to Datca yet, but it sure looks very interesting. I may head to Greece this summer and after reading your blog, I think I would like to stop by and check it out also.. very nice written
Posted on: Feb 23, 2010
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... Knidos Bay ...
... Knidos Bay ...
... Ancient city of Knidos ...
... Ancient city of Knidos ...
... Eski (Old) Datca ...
... Eski (Old) Datca ...
... Knidos Bay ...
... Knidos Bay ...
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... Knidos Bay ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Knidos Ruins ...
... Aegean side of Knidos ...
... Aegean side of Knidos ...
... Aegean side of Knidos ...
... Aegean side of Knidos ...
... Mediterrannean Side of Knidos …
... Mediterrannean Side of Knidos…
... a beautiful Turquoise bay ...
... a beautiful Turquoise bay ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... hanging out in Aktur beach ...
... windmills ...
... windmills ...
... windmills ...
... windmills ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... the village ...
... colourful and beautiful Datca …
... colourful and beautiful Datca…
... a local :P ...
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... this street is dedicated to a…
... babutsa (cactus pear) ...
... babutsa (cactus pear) ...
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... knocking on the heavens door …
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