Datça 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 Datça.
Datça 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.
There are several small beaches with cafés and restaurants near Datça. 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 Datça, for instance at Özil or Aktur, small seaside resorts that are mostly visited by Turkish tourists.
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!
There are plenty of opportunities to experience Turkish gastronomy in Datça and the immediate neighbourhood. The Datça Peninsula invites you to a kitchen slightly different from what generally characterizes traditional Anatolian food: grilled meat in great quantities – ‘kebab’. In Datça 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. There are many restaurants have vegan options too.
Yavuz Apart Hotel is open also outside the season, which means to say from the beginning of November till the end of April. Generally speaking, the price level, be it flats, flight tickets, restaurants etc., is considerably lower at that time of the year.
During the real winter months, i.e. from December to February, the weather is markedly milder on the Datça Peninsula than in most other parts of Turkey. You may experience up till 20 degrees in the daytime – never less than 5 degrees above freezing point and that for few days only.. Although the weather may be changing and showers of rain are likely, yet the winter months mostly bear the stamp of sunshine and dry weather, and the afternoon coffee should be enjoyed out in the open. During autumn and spring day temperatures are normally at least 20 degrees, and it doesn’t normally rain.
The air-conditioning in the apartments, which in the summertime provides coolness, functions as an efficient heating system outside the season. Compared with the heat of the summer these months therefore offer great opportunities to a more active holiday with hill walking, visits to the little villages, not to mention the antique ruins at Knidos, an area which is particularly rich in magnificent walks. In spring the vigorous Datça Peninsula invites you to a fantastic profusion of flowers, running rivers, blooming almond trees and a rich animal life. Although the sea water admittedly is cooler than in summertime, what should prevent you from going for a lovely swim also in the autumn when the air is fresh and cool.