Datça

Datca Muğla TURKEY
Datca Muğla TURKEY

Datça

The Datça Peninsula extends into the sea like a long, green dagger. It is connected to the mainland through the 800 m Balıkaşıran isthmus, the narrowest one in the peninsula. Without this one, Datça would an island.

The high-ceilinged, straight-roofed and whitewashed stone houses in the Reşadiye district suggest that a wealthy community once lived in Datça. In this respect it conforms to the ancient topographical rule that plebeians would be settled on the seashore and the well-to-do inland to provide for greater security. The wood carvings, elaborate ornamentation and the paintings on the walls and ceilings of the Mehmet Ali Bey Mansion are especially worth seeing.

The bay of Hisarönü on one side and Gökova on the other flanks the Datça Peninsula. The jagged shores are dotted with marvelous bays and coves. There is more to discover in the coves of the forests and mountains in the shape of lovely little villages, mountains stretching over a distance of 70 km, lush vegetation and windmills…

The antique city of Knidos on the tip of the peninsula was founded in the 4th century BC. It averted the assault of the Persians and faced the armies of Alexander the Great before it was occupied by the Roman Empire to be incorporated into its Eastern provinces. It was abandoned in the 7th century BC partly due to threat of earthquake.