When we think that words are insufficient when describing an event or phenomenon, and how difficult and indescribable it would be to explain it to someone who has not experienced it, we say “it is unspeakable-it can be experienced” with a well-known cliché expression. Datça has 52 large and small coves, which are sparkling, deep blue and have the quality of an aquarium, on a 235 km coastline connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea. The sea as well as the air of our district, which does not have large settlements and industrial facilities, is extraordinarily clean. Although there are 7 blue flag beaches in our district, it is possible to enjoy the sea with the same peace of mind at all other points.
Datça is an Aquarium paradise with its clean beaches and coves in the town center and nearby villages. Enjoy the sea in its clean waters and blue flag bays. If you happen to be in Datça, you should definitely see Old Datça. Don’t be fooled by the fact that its name is Eski Datça. This is the most organized of the three central districts of Datça, and it is a place where the favorite places of recent years are located. Its oldness is the first settlement and the density of demolished old buildings. Now those ruins are being raised one by one and offered for sale with burning money. The old Datça houses, which have a maximum of two floors, have added a visual richness with a work of art stonework and narrow streets decorated with bougainvillea.
The plant richness of Datça has been known since ancient times. It is clear that this feature also plays an important role in Knidos being a medical center. Climatic features are the main reason for the richness of flora. When Datça flora is mentioned, almonds come to mind first. It doesn’t matter whether you think about the almonds of spring or the almonds of the aftermath. Datça almond has a say in both.
In the Kızlan region, on the side of the Marmaris road, another beauty we see while passing by is the windmills. One of these mills has been restored by the Datça District Governorship Union of Serving Villages and put into the service of tourism.
The majesty of the olive tree, the noblest of all trees, must be due to the fact that it came from times when even history could not be calculated. Olive oil, which is the juice of the olive fruit, acquires different flavors in every region where it receives its water and wind. The taste of Datça’s golden liquid that turns from yellow to green cannot be denied. Our Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, the coves and gulfs of these coasts are the focal points of the blue voyage today. During the blue voyage, the ancient ruins and monuments that integrate with the natural beauties also become its insatiable ornaments. The name of the Blue Voyage was Sabahattin Eyüboğlu’s. The reason why he called the journey blue can only be understood after this journey is over.
The sea and the sky are blue throughout this journey, in every shade of blue. Datca; It is an untouched peninsula that feels ready for world tourism with its natural beaches, sea and sun. Datça almond is the most delicious almond in Turkey. There are various kinds of almonds with Nurlu, Ak, Kababağ, Dedebağ, Sırası and Diş. The best quality is Nurlu, the easiest to eat is the Tooth Almond with thin shells. When the outer shell of the almond is green and fresh, it is called Çağla. Its Latin name is Prunos Amygdalus and Prunusdulcis. One is sweet and the other is bitter almond, and it contains phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, iron and special oils. It has a very high nutritional value and is used in many fields in pharmacy. Datça almond is currently recognized as the best almond in the world, followed by American almonds.
The history of the finds on the Datça peninsula dates back to 2000 BC. The first known local people are the Kars. The brightest period was experienced during the Dorians period. They came to the region through Greece by going south through Thrace in 1000 BC. They established Knidos in Burgaz Mevkii, 1.5 kilometers northeast of today’s Datça town centre. It belongs to the Burgas settlement period, where Knidos was first established. Remains Since 1998 T.C. It is excavated by O.D.T.Ü on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the German Scientific Research Foundation, with the contributions of the Gerda-Henkel Foundation. According to Numan Tuna, this was the place where the 6 Doric city unions mentioned in the work of Herodotus, the famous historian of the ancient period, gathered and held competitions in the name of Apollo, and the famous Temple of Apollo, where the prizes given to the winners of the competition are placed, is located here. According to him, the results of the excavations, especially the finds unearthed during the excavations on the lower terrace, showed that the Emecik Yellow Port Sanctuary had an overseas importance until the end of the 6th century BC. The finds were found in the wide hinterland where imported goods of Egyptian, Phoenician, Etruscan origin were identified, and East Greek production until now. It is also remarkable in that it exhibits a rich variety of limestone and terracotta figurines and pottery samples, which are known as Knidos but are certain to be from Knidos. The epicgraphic data found in the sanctuary and the features of valuable archaeological artifacts, which are understood to be votive items, suggest that the Archaic Era Emecik sanctuary is associated with Apollo.