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Knidos

There are two bays that have a harbour function for the ancient city of Knidos on the Westernmost part of Datca Peninsula. Of them, Buyuk Liman is situated just in the Southeast of Deveboynu Burnu, which is at the end of Datca Peninsula. The cape extends in a North -Southeast direction. At the northern end of the cape, Deveboynu Burnu lighthouse can easily be seen from the distance, when approaching from the West and the North. The breakwater remains of the ancient harbour can be seen at the entrance of the harbour in the Southwest, the other breakwater channel in the Northeast remains under the water, but it can still be seen outside as a green-brown mark. It cannot be easily identified in windy weather. At the entrance, the depth of the harbour is suitable, but it is necessary to pass 20 m away from the breakwater remains in the Southwest. With the Meltemi winds, there may be swells in the bay.

Anchoring is possible in 5-10 m towards the end of the bay. It may not be a good holding due to the bottom; it offers good shelter from the Meltemi wind. Waves can be a problem in strong winds.

The remains of Knidos ancient city, on the hills and around the old harbour, are very impressive. In summer, the bay gets quite crowded with gulets and yachts.

The small harbour in the North is almost surrounded by ruins so yachts cannot use this bay.

The ancient city of Knidos, situated at the end of Resadiye Yarımadası, was the most popular settlement area in ancient times. According to the excavations, the history of the city dates to the 7th century BC. The city was a very important culture and arts centre in the Hellenistic period. Eudoksos was the most famous scholar in Knidos during that period. Eudoksos proved that the diameter of the sun is 3 times as big as the earth and 9 times as big as the moon. The sundial by this famous scientist is still viewed with great admiration by many visitors today. Besides, Sostratos, architect of the Pharos, lighthouse of Alexandria, was also from Knidos. Knidos is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Knidos is known as the holy city of Aphrodite, and it is established both on the mainland and on the island in front of it. It was established on different levels. The island was then connected to the land, and two harbours were constructed. The most important remains to be seen in this ancient city are the two harbours, three theatres, agora, temples, walls, stoa and some churches.

The names of Anthony and Cleopatra leave been seen on one of the mosaics found in the church during one of the most recent excavations. The famous naked statue of Aphrodite is also here.

The city was also famous for its amphora and wine production in ancient times. Some wine jugs remain, excavations can be seen.

Palamutbuku, Inceburun

Palamutbuku is reputed for having the best beaches in the Datca peninsula. The beaches are small but very beautiful. Surrounded by mountains and spotted with gardens, these beaches are known for their tranquillity and fresh sea air that together present the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating getaway. Palamutbuku is located at the end of the peninsula and is also famed for the remains of the historic city of Knidos. Knidos, known for its bounty of fish, is located about 12 kilometres away. The waters here are crystal clear, so much so that it is believed that if you take a needle at the very bottom of the sea, you can still see it! Go on a sea tour or simply bask on the beaches, watching vibrant birds take a flight – there is so much to do in Palamutbuku! The people are warm and friendly. Palamutbuku epitomizes peace, tranquillity, and happiness. With its warm people with their smiling faces and immense natural beauty, Palamutbuku is indeed a little paradise.

Aktur Bay

Witness the world's oxygen tank at Aktur! Spotted with pine trees, it definitely is a slice of paradise. In fact, it won the title of the ‘most beautiful bay inTurkey’ and proved to be a hot tourist destination. Aktur consists of two units, namely Datca and Kurucabuk, located at a distance of 4 km from each other. The Hisaronu bay is located very close to the narrowest strip of the Datca peninsula and separates the Gulf of Gokova from the Gulf of Hisaronu. Around 550 BC, it served as a defence line against the Persian army which wanted to capture both Hisaronu Gulf and the Gokova Gulf by digging a kilometre long tunnel. Being a small island between the two gulfs, it definitely made a good point of defence. However, although the work was started with great effort, the city was ultimately conquered by the Persians.