I arrived in Datça on Wednesday after a short flight from Istanbul to Dalaman, a bus from Dalaman to Marmaris, and finally a second bus from Marmaris to Datça. It wasn’t easy getting here but the scenery along the way was gorgeous – mountains, wineries, olive groves, and fruit trees. The weather was perfect and about 15 degrees warmer than Istanbul.
Today the sea is rough and stormy and it’s windy and raining – mostly in spurts. I have a view of the harbor from my apartment and it’s dark with an ominous sky and thunder and lightning. Storms come and go quickly so it’s supposed to clear later today.
The Datça Peninsula is a district of Muğla province separating the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Datça is quiet and low-key at this time of the year before warmer temperatures arrive and with them the summer rush. The area is beautiful with quiet cobblestoned streets. Many locals don’t speak English. Nearby there’s a pottery factory, olive farms, and the well-known Knidos ruins to explore.
Knidos is described as “a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas”. Knidos has two harbors, one on the Aegean Sea and the other on the Mediterranean. “The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love overlook the two harbors; the arcaded way was built of white marble with heart-shaped columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced this temple.”
Villages in the area include Datça Eski (Old Datça) with beautiful old stone houses built in the architectural style of the area, Hizirsah with a famous restored mosque, Cnidus known for a naked statue of Aphrodite, and Kizlan with its old windmills.
Gulet cruises between Greece and the Turkish coast to cities and islands like Samos, Kusadasi, Didyma, Asin Bay, Rhodes, Kos, and Bodrum are popular. I’m still learning about the area trying to decide the best way to get around. Have been sick for a few days – maybe a weather change thing – and am lying low for a while. More later…