Datca & Knidos
Datca has an intricate coast line, thousands of years of history dating back to 2000 B.C., a wonderful climate with a friendly and unspoilt atmosphere. Its first known inhabitants were the Carians, though its heyday was during the Dorian era in 1000 B.C. . Dorians founded Knidos, which was the center of their civilisation and one of the most important cities in the region. Strabon, an illustrious geographer and historian in the 1st century B.C., said,"Knidos is founded on the most beautiful peninsula for a most beautiful Goddess".
Knidos ruled by the Lydians, followed by the Persians and the Romans. In the Datca region, there are many temples erected by the Dorians, Lydians, and Persians, as well as many churches from the late Roman and early Byzantine periods, all of which have withstood the test of time. Datca’s abundant flora and fauna have made it one of the major tourist destinations in the Aegean. If you’re wandering through Datca’s narrow streets lined with oleanders and bougainvillaea, don’t miss out on a great choice of fish restaurants.
With its moderate winds, Datca boasts great surfing and sailing potential in Gebekum and Perilikosk. Scuba diving is another activity to not be missed, as well as swimming in the crystal clear waters just off the coast. You can also go trekking through the surrounding hills.
Also near Datca:
Gebekum is 4km away from Datca and can be reached by road. With a 7km-long beach, you’ll have a great opportunity to swim in a tranquil setting. Long sandbanks also allow you to wade across the sea to neighbouring islands.
There are several old windmills, some of which are currently being restored, on the road between Datca and Marmaris.
Palamut Buku, Kizil Buk, Hayit Buku, Ova Buku:
The Datca Peninsula’s coves are well known as some of the best mooring spots on the Blue Cruise. Here you’ll come across village houses, quaint pansiyons and enticing fish restaurants, which help make your holiday even more relaxed.
Knidos lies at the west end of the Datca peninsula. The city moved to its present location on the Tekir Cape for commercial reasons. Established according to Hippodamus’s plan, Knidos features several temples, sacred altars, theatres, and splendid buildings. Knidos also boasts the second oldest school of medicine, where many classical scientists and artists learnt their trade. Numerous works of art were left behind for posterity. The statue of Goddess of love Aphrodite, renowned for her beauty, tops these priceless artefacts. Several ruins, from the Dorians to the Byzantines, reveal the many ancient civilisations who once called Knidos home.