Datça and Surroundings


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The Datça (pronounced Datcha) Peninsula (National Reserve as a whole) has a local population of about 10.000 with the Datça town having roughly one half (5000) in three settlements ("mahalle"s, Iskele, Old Datca & Resadiye) within a few Kms of each other. Iskele is by the sea and was the one with the least number of houses until the 1970s. Now it is the most important "mahalle".

The whole peninsula has spectacular topography with mountains as high as 1400 meters, pine, eucalyptus forests with literally millions of trees and of course many tens of thousands of olive, fig, orange, lemon, trees, vineyards, many small scale fruit and vegetable farms. The Friday & Saturday market in Datça (Iskele), is a feast for eyes and palate, not to be missed.

The renowned ancient city of Knidos (Cnidus) is at the tip of Datça peninsula, this archaeological site is large and spectacular even though a small portion of the ruins have been uncovered. It’s location between the Mediterranean and Aegean makes it even more interesting, it should not be missed.

View Kargi bay during walk

Het historische Knidos

The ancient Knidos

Datca has three small beaches right in the town (and many more in the close surrounding bays), all three within short distance from our villa. The three beaches are: Kumluk, Hastanealti and Taslik.

The Kumluk (Sandy) Beach is suitable for children as it a gently sloping small sandy beach with a few small, picturesque cafes and restaurants along it, you can easily spend a whole day there. Taslik beach is just two hundred meters further along shore and has pebbles . The unique feature of this beach is a natural hot water pool, in a totally natural setting by the Mediterranean, about 100 meter in diameter and 1.5 - 2 meters deep, water coming out at the back (from bottom of the mountains) is around 40 degrees and contains dissolved minerals claimed to cure many ailments. It was originally built about 200 years ago as pool to serve a mill which is now a café/disco. The pool feeds a small waterfall of about 1 meter high pouring 4-5 tons of water per minute into the Med (regularly used by the locals for water massage, please try it - you will love it). Winter months in Datca are never cold (typically 15-20 during day, 5-10 at night), the sea temperature is around 14-15 degrees in January the coldest month. The warm water pouring in produces a wonderful warm layer for swimming even in these coldest periods. The third beach, Hastane alti (= "below the Hospital " in Turkish) towards the other side of the bay which can be approached either by a nice pedestrians only beach-walk path along the coast or directly through the main road past Migros supermarket and down the hill.

View on the Peninsula

Harbour of Datça

Natural hot water pool with small waterfall

The harbour of Datça

There are plenty of things to do in Datça:

With its location on a long straggly peninsula (in some places in the centre just a few hundred metres wide) the Datça peninsula offers many beaches and bays to discover by car or by boat or by foot. You can always find a restaurant or two offering fresh fish caught that day.

The nine small Turkish villages dotted across the peninsula are proud of their individuality and even boast accents in Turkish that are peculiar to each village! The neighbouring village of Eski Datça, with old Greek houses and a few cafes, is great to wander around in the late afternoon.

Visiting the ancient Knidos: We would recommend a trip by car or motorbike to Knidos for a picnic by the ruins or as part of an all-day boat trip from Datça.

Boat Trips: All-day or half-day boat trips from the harbour to the many bays around the peninsula can be arranged including an itinerary of your choice and lunch freshly cooked on the boat.

Windsurfing, sailing, Scuba Diving and Walking: There are 2 windsurfing sites within 10 and 20 minutes drive from Datça and there are dive centres in Datça town and Aktur.

There are different walks that you can make around the beautiful countryside surrounding Datça. In our holiday house you can find a book with all the routes on the peninsula

Visiting Greek Islands: From Datça you can take the boat to the small Greek Island Simi. From Bodrum or Marmaris you can also take the boat to Kos and Rhodos

Festivals and Events in the Area - Datça is famous for its olive oil, almonds and honey and so its festivals reflect its delicious produce.

April:

Almond Rice Day presented by the students of the Hotel and Tourism College

23rd April is a National Holiday – Children's Day where school children parade through the streets of Datça on their way to the grand finale on Republic Square down by the harbour.

August:

Datça / Knidos Almond Fesitival including a best almond fesitival!

30th August - Bull Wrestling, but not like in Spain! Here the bulls wrestle each other.

September:

1st Sept - A joint celebration between Datça and the Greek island of Simi including swimmers from either side who swim to meet each other across the water!

Datça harbour

Diving in Datça

The market. Every friday and saterday

Ancient Knidos

In Datça 300 out of 365 days the sun is shining! Average day/night temperatures are: 

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Aquarium beach (Kargi)

Het oude Knidos

The sandy beach of Karaincir

Ancient Knidos

View on the Peninsula Datça

View on the Peninsula Datça

View in the harbour of Datça

View on the Peninsula Datça

Underneath you can find some pictures of the beautiful Greek island Simi (1,5 hours by boat):