Datça, Hidden Paradise Of Tourism

2nd, 2011
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Datça, one of paradise towns in Muğla attracts the attention of tourists with its quiet and calm nature. Datça is the point of passage between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean, and between Marmaris and Bodrum in Muğla. Datça Peninsula is 15 km wide, 70 km long and on the world-famous Blue Voyage route.

DATÇA HISTORY

Datça history dates back to BC. Its name is Knidos in that period and has taken the name of Datça after entering Ottoman domination in 15th century. Carians were the first indigenous people and its golden age was during the period of the Dorians.

Datça had been the center of commercial activity due to its location. Ports were used for commercial and military purposes, and the people settled there had built many temples.

The scorching heat of the Datca peninsula, with a typical Mediterranean climate, are scattered with north winds.

PLACES TO VISIT IN DATÇA

Datca Peninsula was declared as a Special Protection Area. In this way, nature has been preserved and it has a 235-kilometer coastline. 52 bays in Datça are among the frequented places of blue voyage boats.

Among these bays, Palamutbükü and Hayıtbükü are worth to see. The ancient city of Knidos at the tip of the peninsula should also be visited due to its enormous location. These ruins have a theater, city walls and a range of debris. Twenty thousand and ten thousand-seat theater, pink temple, temple of the universe, the acropolis and necropolis (burial chambers) are the major works of art in this city. In 1856-1858, British archaeologists excavating the site smuggled the finds of sculpture, lamps and coins to the British Museum in London, and the marble blocks of the big theater were used in the construction of the palace in Cairo by Egyptian governor Kavalali Mehmed Ali Pasha. Some marble in Dolmabahçe Palace had been brought from here.

Old Datça, as well as stone houses and pleasant places, is a town renowned as the place of poet Can Yücel.

Aktur Holiday Resort Beach, Aktur Camping Beach, Karaincir Beach, Hastanealtı Beach, Periliköşk Beach and Billurkent Beach are among the blue flag beaches of Datça.

Yacht tourism is not the only thing to be done in Datça. Hiking, surfing and sailing are among the activities that should also be considered for holidaymakers.

The Hızırşah village has a mosque from Seljuks and ceramic workshops. Mehmet Ali Ağa Mansion and Reşadiye mosque in the neighborhood of Reşadiye, and temple ruins in the village of Emecik are some works of art surviving to date from the past.

Ilıca Lake is one of the places that comes to mind with healing tourism. Temple of Apollo is the place that should not be returned without seeing for those who went to the region. In this temple built in 5th century,  remains of ancient times were unearthed. Karaköy, Emecik, Kızılan Village and many other settlements in the region has become the trekking route due to their incredible nature. In general, local people are interested in agriculture and tourism, and they get a living with olive, almond and olive oil.

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