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Datça is located some 68km from Marmaris. Oxygen-rich air with many curative properties has for centuries drawn visitors to this small corner of Turkey. Datca is a district, as well as the center town of that district, in Mugla Province of Turkey. It is situated midway through the Datca Peninsula, almost 100 km in length, following the ondulations of small bays and coves all along, and practically an island since it is connected to the mainland through an isthmus of only several hundred meters in width. At the very tip of the peninsula is the antique city of Knidos (at the locality called Tekir today).Both the town and the peninsula were called Resadiye till recently, in honor of the penultimate Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V Resad. Today, Resadiye is the name of one of the quarters of the town along with Eski Datca (literally "Old Datca") and Iskele ("the quay") quarters, each separated from the others by a distance of about a mile to form, taken as a whole, the town of Datca proper.

Datça also enjoys an enviable climate of low humidity and cooling sea breezes.The Datca Peninsula provides a natural boundary between the Gulf of Gokova in the Aegean Sea to the north, and the Gulf of Hisaronü in the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Along 75 km from Marmaris to Datca, the road winds among trees and hills, opening onto lovely views over the blue expanse. Campers have many wonderful settings to choose from. Those who are less adventurous can stay in one of the many comfortable holiday villages. The beautiful blue-flag Aktur beach is 25 km from Datça. In Datça white-washed buildings hung with bougainvilleas decorate the town. The marina is on the southern bay and swimmers prefer the northern bay. Around the marina bars, cafes and a wide selection of shops keep the tourist's interest. Some shops remain open well into the evening. Relaxing over a pre-dinner drink and then a delicious meal in a friendly restaurant is a popular way to spend the evening hours. Of course, the local eateries offer both fresh fish and classical Turkish cuisine. With any remaining energy, take a stroll and find a disco to your liking to while away the hours until the early morning. The Körmen Harbor, 10 km north of Datça, is connected to Bodrum by a daily ferry line. As you travel out of Datca, either by road or by boat, you will find unspoiled bays and golden sandy beaches. Kargi is one of the most popular.

At the end of the peninsula (38 km from Datça) stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabon as "a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas". Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century BC the city had two harbors: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean. The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love overlook the two harbors. The arcaded walkway was built of white marble in heart-shaped columns. Praxiteles' legendary statue Aphrodite, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced this temple.

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