Datca is one of the few resorts on the Carian Coast, and it’s not big by any stretch of the imagination, which adds to its appeal. When sailing in Datca waters, a visit to this picturesque Turkish town is a must. The main business district is situated on an island connected to the mainland by a causeway, which essentially splits the bay in two. The roots of the town date back to the 7th century B.C. when Sparta established a settlement on the site. It was also the location of the original city of Knidos, which was moved about a mile and a half west in 540 B.C. in response to threatened invasions from Persia. Eventually, Knidos did fall under Persian rule, without a fight. A short distance away from the bustling waterfront is the old town of Datça, well worth exploring if you like a more laid-back ambience. The picturesque limestone homes are of Greek origin, but were vacated in the agreed upon resettlement of Greek and Turkish populations in 1923. The old town is charming.
No moorings are available. There is ample room to anchor in the harbor north or south of the isthmus, but most sailors tie up at the harbor.
Dinghy dockage: Dinghy dockage is available.
The restaurants, tavernas, cafés, nightclubs, boutiques, and markets are among the attractions at Datca harbor. A visit to the important and fascinating Carian city of Knidos is intriguing and educational. As you walk the wide stone streets among the ancient homes and temples, it’s not difficult to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago on the Datca Peninsula.
Facilities for yachts are available.