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The road makes quite a dramatic ascent up to the top of mountains, before dropping down to Datça, one-time Doric city, now a busy Turkish resort popular with windsurfers because of its blustery location. Built around a horseshoe bay, Datça has beaches but there are better ones further west along the peninsula, and local tour operators will happily sail you there. Head for old Datça where high-ceiling white-washed stone houses suggest it was once a wealthy area. Knidos (Cnidus), at the very tip of the peninsula, is located on the outskirts of Datça. Knidos is about an hour’s drive from Datça town. This was once one of the most important commercial and cultural centers throughout the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean area; its importance continuing through to the Byzantine period. It is said that the statue of Aphrodite once stood here, the first naked statue in history!

From May to October there is a daily ferry service from Bodrum to Datça and takes 11/2 hours. The main town is more functional than touristic and mainly caters for Turkish tourism and seems to be busier at the weekend.

The Olive Farm at Resadiye, just outside old Datça is worth a visit, and has some tasteful gifts. On a Saturday Datça host a plentiful market, it’s so good people travel over from the nearby Greek Island of Symi for their weekly shop.

The peninsula has lots of lovely beaches, Taskik, Kumluk & Azganli which are close to Datca town. Gulluk, a picturesque cove which is a favourite of windsurfers.Kara Incir which has a sandy beach. Kargi Koyu, a pretty beach which proves popular. Hayit buyu is a beautiful beach with a few simple restaurants behind.

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