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Datca Peninsula constitutes a natural boundary between Gokova Gulf and Aegean Sea in the north and between Hisaronu Gulf and the Mediterranean in the south. It is 75 km to Marmaris and you can arrive to Datca through the mountain road which is surrounded by forests and which is a twisty road which may take your breath away and where you may have the feeling that the rocks over the road will roll down and fall on you. This feeling partly comes from fear but somehow that feeling comes from the unspeakable beautiful landscape. Campers can find beautiful and appropriate areas for themselves in the peninsula. Those who like comfort can find excellent hotels and holiday villages. Aktur Coast (with Blue Flag which is 25 km long and on which numerous summer houses have been constructed and where the tent town established in a huge forest is located, is in Datca. The Datca Harbor where many ships come every day is in the north of Datca. South coasts of Datca are suitable for swimming. There are lots of facilities such as bars, restaurants, souvenir shops where you can find lots of things are all around the harbor. After having your dinner like a dream you can enjoy in the discos with energy.

Kormen Fishermen Harboris on the north coast of the peninsula approximately 10 km distant from Datca. The houses made of stones having gardens full of colorful flowers in the narrow streets of Old Datca are worth seeing. There are lots of very clean and small bays all over the coasts of the peninsula. Kargi Bay is one of the most famous ones. Bencik Bay is the place mostly preferred by the yachts coming to Marmaris and Datca as it is not affected by the wind.

The weather is nice, the sea is clean and the beaches are beautiful in Datca. You should not skip visiting the ancient city Knidos, so called Strabo, of Caria civilization which was established in the name of Aphrodite, the most beautiful goddess in the peninsulas on top of the Peninsula which is 38 km distant to Datca. The most glorious periods of Datca having a 4000 year history was the period of Dors establishing the city in 1000 B.C. Datca which was under the rule of Lydia in the 6th century B.C and of Perisians later on was changed and moved to the place in the 4th century B.C. where the ruins are found today. Churches were constructed during the Byzantine Empire. The city was included in the territory of Menteseogullari Principality in the 13th century and in that of Ottoman Empire in the 15the century.

The ruins of the city walls can bee seen on the way to Knidos surrounded by almond trees. Knidos, established on the far end of the peninsula, was the science and culture center in the 4th century B.C. thanks to its two natural harbors, one in the Aegean Region and the other in the Mediterranean Region. On top of the peninsula is the Apollo Temple. The theatre in the capacity of bearing 4500 people had 6 gates. Harbors can be viewed from the place where the ruins of Aphrodite Temple blessed in the name of the love goddess are located. In the middle of the round temple, the legendary “Naked Aphrodite” sculpture, only the ruins of which remain today, of Praksitelis one of the most important artists was located. The sculpture which gained fame when it was sculpted, many visitors came to see that sculpture to Knidos. Solar clock which was invented by Eudoksus in the 4th century B.C. and which indicates the season and the time can bee seen even today. The 113 m long stoa was constructed by Sostratos in the 3rd century. Exodus, one of the most significant astronauts of ancient times (409-356 B.C.); the artist Polygnotos and Sostratos, the architect of Alexandria lighthouse was from Knidos.

The windy weather of Datca is a very good opportunity for those who like surfing; and the clean and clear sea water the bottom of which can be seen even where it is meters deep is a very good opportunity for those who like diving. You should inhale the clean weather without any humid and full of oxygen, which may be beneficial for those who have health problems. You can also purchase the needle laced embroiders, carpets and textiles from the bazaars and boutiques in Datca. The special meal made with cereals and the fig dessert with almonds must be tasted.