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Datca Turkey

Datça - Turkey Datça is a town in the Datça district of Muğla Province in the south west of Turkey situated half way down the peninsula which has the same name as both the district and the town. Datça Peninsula is a long and narrow strip of land with small bays and coves facing both south and north all along its 100 kilometer or 62 mile length. There is an isthmus on a small panhandle that is only several hundred meters in width. At the extreme end of the western tip of the district and the peninsula is a village called Tekir which is the location of the ancient city of Knidos. There is still debate on whether or not this location was the original site of the ancient city as a number of sources claim that until the mid-4th century BC. Knidos was halfway along the peninsula closer to the present-day district center. The peninsula's eastern end is marked by the fjord-like indentation of Bencik Cove, 1.5 km in length, at the end of which the narrow isthmus where it joins the mainland is found. This point is a natural curiosity which offers a wide view of the Gulf of Gökova in the north and the Gulf of Hisarönü in the south and is called Balıkaşıran - which literally means 'the place where fish may leap across'.

Datça Peninsula is a prized location for holiday nature lovers visiting Turkey, especially by sea, because of the beauty of its many coves and larger bays, which are favored ports of call for those undertaking the celebrated Blue Cruise along Turkey's spectacular southwest coast. Boats called gulets (Turkish) depart either from Bodrum, Marmaris, or from Datça itself for these tours. Apart from the traditional villages there are also a dozen recently constructed holiday resort villages on the peninsula. The balance between preserving the natural way of life and the environment cohesively with tourism industry is an ongoing debate between the inhabitants of Datça as well as for other regions of the south coast of Turkey. The people of the Datça Peninsula are opposed to large scale development and are in favor of developing their holiday tourism with family pensions and small hotels suiting the environment.

The Dalaman International Airport and Milas Bodrum Airport serve Datça.


Region: Mediterranean
Province: Muğla
Beach: Yes
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Dalaman International Airport or Milas Bodrum Airport
English language website: datca-information.com
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