Datca is a small port in South West Turkey right between the Agean and the Mediterranian Sea. The village is a popular holiday resort for the Turks themselves, but also tourists from other countries have gradually become aware of the splendour and beauty of Datca.
Datca is famous for its friendly local atmosphere and hospitality – not to be met with in many places. Here is all that your heart could desire: beautiful nature inviting you to pretty walks, fine beaches with various sports activities, a variety of good restaurants and numerous exciting cultural sights.
And every Saturday, all the year round, is a market day. Here you can buy foods, spices, clothes and many other things… .And don’t forget to haggle!
Beaches in Datca
There are several small beaches with cafés and restaurants near Datca. The sand quality here is generally coarse, and in some places it would be more correct to talk about stony beaches, but the water is absolutely clean and crystal clear.
However, you can find plenty of real sandy beaches not very far from Datca, for instance at Özil or Aktur, small seaside resorts that are mostly visited by Turkish tourists from Ankara and Istanbul.
Restaurants in Datca
There are plenty of opportunities to experience Turkish gastronomy in Datca and the immediate neighbourhood. The Datca Peninsula invites you to a kitchen slightly different from what generally characterizes traditional Anatolian food: grilled meat in great quantities – ‘kebab’. In Datca there are many varieties of kebab dishes, in particular you’ll find sea food delicatessen and salads and ‘mezes’ – small dishes, many of which are vegetarian.
Nightlife in Datca
On the harbour front there are lots of bars and cafés serving cocktails and chilled Turkish beer. These bars have their individual music styles and preferences. You’ll find a few places where you can listen to live music, mostly folk and rock. All bars close at one a.m. out of consideration for neighbours and guests staying overnight on the boats in the harbour; there is, however, one discotheque with open doors also after one o’clock which functions as a stamping ground for those who like dancing.