The Datça or Resadiye Peninsula, is long, narrow and mountainous offering glimpses of the sea through its pine filled gullies on both sides as it separates the Mediterranean
seas. There’s little on offer before reaching Datca
town when travelling from Marmaris
center; only a few campsites, or Karaincir
Beach 18km from town. Beyond there the peninsula widens considerably with sleepy out-of-the- way villages set at the base of pine spotted mountains and almond and olive groves all around. On the western cape is the ancient Carian site of Knidos, an important centre of art and culture in the 4th century and famed for its temple of Aphrodite, the remains of which can still be seen today.
Town of Datca
Datça once a back-packers haven is now built up and commercialised but has managed to remain a far quieter tourist destination than either Bodrum
. It is set at the end of the peninsula, stretching out to the west at the point where the Aegean
meets the Mediterranean
and facing the tiny Greek island of Symi.
Most of the villa complexes are out of town to the east whilst in town plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, serving mostly fish and traditional Turkish food are to be found. There are also plenty of carpet shops plying their wares to the yacht and package tour trade.
Datca’s most prominent feature is its single 1km long high street, winding between the two sheltered bays, separated by a small hill and then narrow strip of land and ending at the cape. Along here you will find the post office, banks, taxi rank, bazaar grounds, travel agencies and tourist office.
Beaches of Datca
Kumluk Beach (east beach) made of hard packed sand is very busy and offers little shade whilst the less crowded Taşlık Beach (west beach) is more acceptable and the further you can get from the moored yachts the better it becomes. Halfway along the west bay there is a small lake, swimming here is much nicer than in the sea as warm water seeps up from the lake bed and there are a few café bars overlooking the stone dam here.
Traveling from Datca to Marmaris
There are 9 or 10 daily buses to and from Marmaris. The small dolmus otogar on the outskirts of town is only a 15 minute walk away. Ferries and hydrofoils arrive at Körmen Harbour, 9km to the north and tickets include the shuttle bus service into Datca. From the harbour, there are once a week direct return ferries to the Greek Islands of Kós, Rhodes and Symi and small charter boats with trips to Knidos
Accommodation in Datca
The limited accommodation is usually enough to meet demand with family run pansiyons, small hotels and a campsite to choose from. There are various cafés and restaurants overlooking the harbour offering the usual fare of kebabs and fresh fish and on the west harbour after dark the music pubs and bars come to life. The boat trips offered on the west harbour make a good day out and take in lots of sights.