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. 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.
Datça also enjoys an enviable climate of low humidity and cooling sea breezes. Along 75 km from Marmaris to Datca, the road winds among trees and hills, opening onto lovely views over the blue expanse. 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 restaurants offer both fresh fish and classical Turkish cuisine. The Körmen Harbor, 10 km north of Datça, is connected to Bodrum by a daily ferry line. As you travel out of Datga, either by road or by boat, you will find unspoiled bays and golden sandy beaches.
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". It was famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century BC.