"Datca and Knidos - corners of heaven" Top 5 Page for this destination Datca by Diana75

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How we finished to Knidos...

Our first trip to Turkey in 2001 was in a certain way a real adventure.

We went by car and this offered us plenty of opportunities. Our main base was the beautiful Marmaris but there were days in which we drove like crazy up to 800 km to see as much as possible.

For the last day before our departure we have decided to visit the Greek island of Rhodes.

We booked our 1-day trip with a local travel agency, woke up early in the morning and went to the harbor for embarkation on a high speed ship.

But apparently the things were not that simple...

As we didn't know that we cannot leave for Rhodes without the car and was far too late to take the ferry we've been forced to cancel our trip.

Therefore, we took the car and decided to drive down on Datca peninsula until the road will finish.

And it finished to Knidos!

This was one of the most beautiful days we spent in Turkey.


The beauty of this region is given by the fact that is still unspoiled by mass tourism.

The narrow and mountainous Datca Peninsula separates the Mediterranean and Aegean seas and stretches west of Marmaris for about 100km.

The small town of Datca with its typical architecture for this area is situated in the middle of the peninsula.

The main town is located a few kilometers inland, while the Old Datca, with beautiful old stone houses, holiday and permanent residences of many Europeans and Turks, is 4 km away from Datca-Centre.

The Datca area is famous for the 3 Bs: bal - honey; badem - almonds and balik - fish.


Known as one of the most beautiful city in ancient Greece, Knidos was founded in the 4th century BC.

A sign of its importance is also the lower amphitheatre with seating for 8,000 persons.

Considered the point where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet, in ancient times Knidos was an important attraction due to irs Temple of Aphrodite and Praxiletes' statue of The Goddess Surprised While Bathing.

Knidos it was also famous for the quality of its wine, and as the birthplace of Sostratus, who designed the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

  • Last visit to Datca: Aug 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    So amazing to discover a mosaic left to the elements......

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Great page full of beautiful pictures and interesting information. Wonderful scenery and great ruins. I can't remember the Colonna Venus in the Vatican Museums.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 4:34 AM

    Yet another interesting page Diana. Datca and area are rich in history and a lovely place to see along the sea.

  • Oct 25, 2006 at 2:10 PM

    Hi Diana, Yet another great Page and a wonderful destination! I shall surely keep this destination in mind. Thank you....'njoy the rest of the week!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 6:55 PM

    Another enjoyable page, Diana, on what sounds an equally enjoyable visit. Isn't it marvellous how sometimes the unplanned places turn out to be among the best!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 1:49 PM

    Great land and seascapes here Dianna as your lovely pictures show and such great links to the past

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 1:03 PM

    Minunate imagini si interesante comentarii! Gabriela

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2006 at 11:02 AM

    Good evening to you Diana, whoooooooooooooooo you have started your Turkey pages, i've been waiting for them LOL, thanks for visiting mine as well.


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