Imagine walking along the lovely sands of a beach in Datca and stumbling upon a magic lamp. Upon rubbing it, a genie comes out and tells you she’ll grant you one wish. What would you do?
While it’s easy to wish for all the wealth in the world, you don’t really need that just to get the best of your vacation in Datca. We suggest you think of something else because we have compiled the top ten things you must savor on your trip to this wonderland. No need to search for nine more magic lamps to get more wishes granted. Most of these things are priceless.
While you won’t need the magic works of a genie, you’ll definitely need to shell out some money to taste the best dishes in this town. Don’t worry because you can savor a sumptuous meal here without breaking the bank. No need to go to the city, either, because right by the beach you can see an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars. Make sure, of course, to sample Datca’s seafood fresh from the ocean.
9. Trekking grounds
There’s no better way to digest that five-course meal than by trekking the breathtaking grounds of the peninsula. We bet you’ll learn the true art of walking with the sight of the rich flora and the hidden waterfalls.
Who says Datca is all about food and nature? This town happens to be the breeding ground of art. Get heavy doses of art, history and culture by experiencing Datca’s festivals. You have a choice among the bull fight shows, culture and art festival, Almond festival, Can Yucel Festival and many more.
7. Beaches and Coves
Blue, green, and azure. These are colors dominating Datca’s breathtaking scenery with its wealth of unspoiled coves and beaches. Only here can you experience getting a cool dip in the Aegean sea in the morning and another one in the Mediterranean Sea at dusk.
6. Water Sports
If wading in the ocean or getting a nice tan is not your idea of fun, we recommend you try some water sports. Satisfy your craving for adventure by taking your pick from diving, yachting, wind surfing and sailing.
If Saturday is your favorite day of the week, you’ll love it even more with the Saturday market in Datca. Here you’ll find the talent of locals in needle work with the wealth of silk handicrafts around. Make sure you buy a piece or two as you won’t find silk more beautiful than the Datca silk in the whole of Turkey.
4. Three B’s
You’ve heard of them before. This peninsula is known among its neighboring islands for its bal, badem, and balik (honey, almonds, and fish). So better treat yourself to this tasteful trio.
We’re not kidding. Any traveler who’s been to Datca says there’s something about the air here that makes it so refreshing. It’s probably the wealth of thyme, almond trees or pine groves around. Whatever it is, it’s just too bad you can’t place this one in jars and take it home with you.
2. Eski Datca
It’s not everyday you see ancient Greek houses set against the marvelous sights and sounds of the ocean. In Eski Datca, you get just that plus more with the narrow cobbled streets and carved doorways.
If you can’t get enough of Datca’s rich heritage, we recommend you drop by Knidos. This ancient city showcases the stunning ruins of a wealthy civilization. Make sure you climb the lighthouse to get a spectacular view of the city, especially during sunset when everything gets even more breathtaking.
Savoring the Magical Town
So who needs magic when you’re in Datca? Maybe a good wish you can ask your genie is the gift of teleportation. That way, you can always go back to this magical town whenever you fancy.