Datça is a town in Aegean Turkey, located on a long and narrow peninsula, which forms the boundary between Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.
Datça is located 78 km west of Marmaris. The road from Marmaris (road number: D400) is the only way to arrive overland.
Although it’s possible to find direct bus services from main centres of the country, such as Istanbul during summer months; in the rest of the year your best bet is to arrive at Marmaris first, then transfer to another bus bound for Datça there.
There are ferries from Bodrum, arriving at the port on the northern coast of the peninsula. From there, Datça -- which is on the southern coast of the peninsula -- is a 10-15 minute drive away. An online schedule is available. Note that during the off-season (November through April) a reduced schedule is followed.
- Ancient city of Knidos is located on the tip of the peninsula (about 30 km west of Datça, near the village of Yazıköy). Although not impressive as it used to be at ancient times, this city had the famous naked Aphrodite, chipped by Praksiteles of Athens. Long missing (only its pedestal is still on the site), this statue once generated one of the earliest forms of tourism: People from all over Mediterranean world flocked to Knidos with the only intention of seeing it. There are two amphitheatres in Knidos, one of the facing Aegean Sea, while other has a view of Mediterranean proper.
- Palamutbuku. about 20 km west of Datça. The best beach of peninsula. Also there are a lot of cheap hotels, pensions and restaurants. It's easy to arrive here by using buses which departs from town center.
The town (and the peninsula) is famous for its almond trees, and a local dessert made of almond and dried figs is remarkably tasty, so you may consider buying a few packages. Visitors may also wish to sample locally produced pine honey (to find the genuine article, look for a seal from one of the cooperatives established for marketing local products).
- Cafe Inn, Atatürk Cad. 51, ☎ +90 252 712-94-08. A small cafe with limited but great food options. Beer, wine and limited cocktails such as G&T are available. Outdoor sitting with a superb view of Datca bay. Casual, easy going place with friendly owner working on the premise.
- Iskandil Apart Hotel, Palamutbükü, Datça, ☎ +90-505-822-14-35, . A small family-run hotel close to the beach and the town centre. All air-conditioned guest rooms include self-catering kitchenette, satellite TV, balcony, private bathroom, and free Wi-Fi. €60.
- sempati bungalow houses (sempati pension), mesudiye hayitbuku koyu (20 km from Datca city bus station heading to knidos palamutbuku, take the road to mesudiye at the intersection to hayitbuku), ☎ 0 532 373 67 39, . checkin: 14 pm; checkout: 12 pm. A family run pension located at hayitbuku mesudiye datca. It is a very good choice for the ones who are looking for a refreshing clean stay in the olive tree garden. Hayitbuku beach is located 150m down the road about 5 min on foot. Bungalow rooms are about 30m2 air-con free wifi home made delicious food. 40 eur/person breakfast and dinner inc.. (36.685354,27.568698)
- Ertem Apart-hotel, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Avenue Nr. 46, Datca/Mugla TURKEY, ☎ +90 506 744 1905. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00.
Telephone code of the town is (+90) 252.