The town of Datça is a delightful seaside resort where
yachting, sailing and fishing are a way of life. In addition to its many nightly
entertainment spots, it has much more to offer with many fabulous restaurants
and cafés, serving the finest in regional and local fare.
There are numerous shops selling only the highest quality in
jewellery, rugs and various local handcrafts. Enjoy a traditional bazaar every
Saturday in the centre of Datça, where you can always find something to fit your
Datça also provides everyday conveniences such as banks,
taxis, bus and boat terminals, post office, public transportation, etc
Another unique characteristic of Datça is its climate. With a temperature rarely
exceeding 35°C (95°F), combined with extremely high pure oxygen and low relative
humidity levels, Datça is very beneficial to ones health. The Datça peninsula
has been renowned for its healing climate since ancient times. The famous Ionian
historian and geographer Strabon (63 BC-20 AD) said about Datça: Gods leave
those, whom they wish to give a long and healthy life, in Knidos.
The road from Marmaris to Datça is still a little bumpy, and
winds along a fauna that gradually but strikingly changes from that of the
mainland. The narrow isthmus after which the Datça peninsula starts is called
Balıkaşıran (literally, where the fish could skip), in reference to the
extremely short distance from one sea on the one side to the other sea on the
other side. According to Herodotus, during the Persian invasions in 540 B.C.,
the Knidians had sought to dig a canal at this spot as a defensive measure and
in order to transform their territory into an island. But an oracle was
consulted who reportedly said "If the gods had so willed, they would have made
your land an island. Do not pierce the isthmus." Whereupon they surrendered to
In Mesudiye, a small village by the coast, there is a jetty owned by community
of Mesudiye, the official name of the bay is Hayıtbükü.
Further away in the direction of Knidos, there is another village called
Palamutbükü where a little pier allows boats to moore. Palamutbükü is a holiday
village with a long beach. In former times, wine production was the main
activity in this area.