The History of Datça: Datça peninsula has a critical location. Northern coast of Datça peninsula is on the Aegean Sea and southern part is on the Mediterranean. Because of its geographical location, the peninsula has been the site of many different civilizations throughout history. The area was called Reşadiye in 1909. Knidos, located on the tip of Reşadiye, has many temples built by the Dorians and the Romans. The city is renowned for its statue of Aphrodite during ancient times. However, the statue has not been located during modern times. Today, the ancient city of Knidos is approximately 30 km away from Datça and it houses the remains of small and large amphitheaters, and many temples of Odeon, Apollo and Venus.
The story of almonds: The Mediterranean climate dominates in Datça, which was one of the most significant port cities of the ancient era. All over the region, almonds have been the most significant agricultural product. The almond flowers bloom around the end of February or beginning of March. It is a sight worth seeing.
A paradise of bays: The Datça Peninsula is ideal for beach holidays and there are many small and large bays, which are given a name usually ending with “bük” in Turkish. The most famous bay is Palamutbükü. However, Hayıtbükü and Ovabükü are also very popular. Apart from these, if you have a car, you can follow the coastline and swim in whichever bay you like. You can also visit the bays by taking daily boat trips. If you don’t have a car, Kargı Bay, which is within walking distance of the city center, can also be a nice alternative. We should also mention that Datça is ideal for watersports.
Old Datça: Old Datça is a lovely village with old Greek, stone houses and narrow stone roads which date back to the 19th century. It is one of the oldest settlements on the peninsula. Renowned Turkish poet Can Yücel spent his last years in old Datça.