Swimming in the two seas
How could we miss the baths in the two seas that meet in Knidos?
Although there is no beach in Knidos properly arranged, you can have a bath in both of the beautiful bays.
Knidos is an oasis, a corner of heaven where you can enjoy the genuine nature in peace and tranquility without being disturbed by too many tourists.
On disermbarking from the hydrocraft we followed the excitable housewives straight to the market. After a leisurely look around without buying much we found ourselves back at the proper shops nearer the harbour.
Slightly uphill from the harbour and at the bend in the road you'll find a collection of about ten delightful shops selling all sorts of Turkish handicrafts. There's the carpet shop, of course, but also a sweetshop, a specialist in ceramics, plus furniture and antiques.
At the sweetshop we went a bit crazy with the 'pick-n-mix' concept and loaded up several trays of Turkish delight. Each cost about 2 pounds sterling and he sold honey, nuts and other treats too. I went on a spending spree in the ceramics shop, picking out plates, bowls and ceramic tiles which altogether cost barely 15 pounds sterling. Everything was bubble-wrapped and survived the long trip home to England.
The carpet shop promised they could ship anywhere, 'but we're not a tourist shop.' Overall this was a stress-free introduction to the Turkish art of the hard sell. The shopkeepers seemed sincerely friendly and helpful, as opposed to the crass fast talking we endured in Marmaris.
View of the Greek islands
Knidos was arranged in terraces on the hill slope, that the top of the hill is offering a wonderful view of the two harbors but also of the surrounding islands.
Our initial intention was to visit Rhodes, but we have no regret that we couldn't because everything turned into one of the most beautiful days of our journey in Turkey.
Even from Knidos we had a magnificent view of the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos.
DATCA:A peninsula between Aegean and Mediterranean
Datca is a small peninsula where you can go from Marmaris by road and from Bodrum by car ferry.
It has a very charming centrum with smal hotels and pensions, fish restaurants and shops.There is also a yacht port.
There are lots of bays around Datca with very pure water and a antic city's ruins KNIDOS.
There are also small villages - raising almond, fig and grape.
"Eski Datca (Old Datca)"
Before Datca was not by the coast.But than when tourism have become economical profit to the people, the town moved near the coast.
BUt in Old Datca you can see the old stone houses and old narrow streets full off history.You can walk around in this old town and feel that there is a personality there..
This Ancient City is at the end of Datca Peninsula .You can either come by boat that departs from Datca Port or you can come by car.
You can visit this city's ruins and also swim in the pure water and if you bring your snorkel you can dive and also look around the ruins in the sea.
It's a must see place.
Driving around the peninsula
So Knidos is at the very end of a long and very narrow peninsula. It was certainly an ideal location for an ancient town. This is the point where the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet. On one side of town was a port on the Mediterranean side, and the other a port on the Aegean side. Since people had to wait for favorable wind conditions as they rounded the peninsula, the residents of Knidos were certainly in a strategic location for business. There is not much to see. The ruins are pretty ruined and have hardly been restored. However, the location is interesting, if not a little desolate. Walk past the ruins out to the end of the peninsula. This picture is of the southwestern-most point of Turkey (Greek ferry boat in the distance).
"isn't the water color great?"
It's a long way down though. The swimming in the port area didn't look too thrilling either.
"the wild goats living at the end of the peninsula"
"looking across the cove to the ancient city"
As you can see, there aren't too many monuments still standing. It's pretty much vegetation-less around here, and it gets hot. Go early in the morning or late in the day if you have your own transportation.