At the end of the peninsula (38 km
from Datca) stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo
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 B.C. 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 way was built of white marble, heart shaped columns. The legendary
Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue,one of the most beautiful sculptures of
antiquity,once graced this temple.
|The marina is on
the southern bay; while swimmers prefer the northern bay. Around the
marina bars,cafes and a wide selection of shops keep the tourist
interested.Some shops remain open well into the evening. Relaxing over a
pre-dinner drink and then a delicious meal in a welcoming 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 until the early morning hours. 10 km north of Datca, the Kormen
Harbor is connected to Bodrum by a daily ferry line.As you travel Out of
Datca, either by road or by boat, you will find unspoilt bays and golden
sandy beaches. Kargi is one of the most popular.