Datça – Muğla – Turkey
GPS : 36°43’17.5″N 27°41’18.6″E / 36.721530, 27.688497
Uzunca Ada Lighthouse
GPS : 36°43’31.5″N 27°42’49.0″E / 36.725418, 27.713600
Focal Plane : 10 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : R. FI. 3.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.3 + 2.7
Visibility Range : 3 nautical miles
VHF Channel : 16
Call Sign : ” datca marina “
Check-in facilities (for Customs and Immigration)
Datça is a port of entry/exit to Turkey. Unlike many other harbors the authorities are all in one building overlooking the harbor. So, you may, if your are cost conscious, dispense with the marina agents and do the clearance by yourself.
Datça is included in the national preservation programme. Datça still carries its identity as calm town and new settlements are not allowed, renovation works can be carried out under certain procedures. Developments are carefully monitored by the local authorities and as a result much of the peninsula retains its natural charm. Datça hosts several art and cultural activities.
Datça lies on the west of Uzunca Ada Lighthouse. A peninsula extends in eastern direction. On the northern side of this peninsula, there is a shallow cove where a few boats may push off in the depths 5 – 6 m. The local boats occupy the quay. This anchorage is fair weather spot. The southern side of the peninsula is the adequate place for berthing. This port is open to south. A short mole extends out and the inlet under this mole is allocated for fishing boats. Coast guard boat berths at the tip of this mole. Boats go stern on quay.
Drop your anchor in 5 m. The bottom is thick weed and sand. Make sure that your anchor is holding well before you leave your boat unattendant. Datça breeze is well known; it blows down from the passage among the mountains. Especially in winter, southerly gales cause rough sea and make the anchorage untenable.
The harbour has experienced similar investment and the area designated for yachts has been extended to the west with an area of decking and new stainless steel mooring rings have been installed all along the quay and is now operated as a marina. Datça can now accommodate in the region of 60 yachts in total. However, it is a very popular port of call and it is wise to arrive early during high season. If the marina is full, there are good anchorages both south and north of the harbour, depending on wind direction.
Approach and Navigation
Care needs to be exercised in the approach from west to avoid the islet and reef extending 50 metres off it just east of Kuru Burnu, the last headland you round before heading into the harbour. On the approach from north or west, the rocky above-water islets of Uzunca Adası about a mile offshore should be given a wide berth.
Danger : There are fierce gusts of Cape Krio and along the steep slopes to Datça.
The marina staff are in attendance and will direct you where to moor on arrival. You may have to anchor. Yachts anchor moor to the quay as directed by harbour staff. Anchor in 5 – 6 metres and go back to the quay. The holding is good in mud and sand. It is also possible to anchor off in either the South or North Bay, where the holding is good in sand. The South Bay normally offers better protection in the prevailing winds and is just off the main town beach. The water is clear enough to swim off your boat.
Berthing capacity of the quay is 60 boats.
Max Length : 10 m
Max Draft : 6 m
Dock Draft : 3 m
Battery Charging Point
Bar / Restaurant
Some mechanical works can be carried out.
Administration : The quay is operated by the municipality. An attendant will guide you and help to tie up.
Shopping : Supermarkets, Stores, Markets, Shops, Fish Market
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Rental House, Apart Hotels
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Health : Hospital, Health Center, Pharmacies, Dentists, Doctors, Nurses
Entertainment : Bars, Discotheques, Night Clubs, Tea Gardens,
Beaches : Kumluk, Hastanealtı and Taşlık
Diving : Dive Centers
Bank : Banks and cash machines
Public Market : Arranged on Saturdays
Transport : Taxi, Minibus
Special Shopping : Honey, Olive Oil, Almond, Olive, Dried and Fresh Fig
Historical Site : Knidos
Fresh fish is always available in the harbor (in the morning) and later on in the small fish market and few shops.
Datça is famous for its restaurants which serve fresh fish at very reasonable cost. Fish prices vary daily depending upon the catch and the demand.
Barbunya (Striped Mullet), Tekir (Red mullet), Çipura (Sea Bream), Dil (Common Sole), İskorpit (Red Scorpion Fish), Karagöz İstavrit (Scad), Sarı Kanat İstavrit (Horse Mackerel), İzmarit (Piceral), Karagöz (Two Banded Bream), Altınbaş Kefal (Golden Mullet), Kalın Dudak Kefal (Thick Lipped Mullet), Sivriburun Kefal (Grey Mullet), Kılıç (Sword Fish), Kolyoz (Chub Mackerel), Levrek (Sea Bass), Lüfer (Bluefish), Çizgili Mercan (Striped Bream), Kırma Mercan (Pandora), Trança (Pagry, Goldeney), Fangri (Common Sea Bream), Mezgit (Whitting), Mavi Mezgit (Blue Whitting), Müren (Eel), Sarpa (Sauppe), Lahoz (Waker), Orfoz (Gouper), Sinağrit (Dentex), Sargoz (White bream), Akya (Lear fish), İsparoz (Annular bream)
İstakoz (Lobster), İstiridye (Oyster), Yengeç (Crab), Midye (Mussel), Karides (Shrimp), Ahtapot (Octopus), Kalamar (Calamary), Yassı Midye (Flat Mussel), Deniz Hıyarı (Sea Urchin), Mürekkep Balığı (Squid)
Late February – March almond trees are the first to bloom and April – May is “baby almond” delicacy time “çağla” in Turkish, which is carefully collected by hand to thin the over burdened branches/clusters. It has to be eaten fresh, best direct from the tree and usually with a bit of salt and also is great with tequila. In August and September you can collect your own almonds and crack them to take along.
Of course there is also figs (August), grenade apples (September – October), oranges/citrus fruits (most of the time, especially lemons), water & sweet melons / cantaloupes all summer, and many other local Mediterranean delicacies, all fresh direct from the orchards.
ANCIENT CITY KNIDOS
Ancient city of Knidos is located on the tip of the peninsula (about 30 km west of Datça, near the village of Yazıköy). Although not impressive as it used to be at ancient times, this city had the famous naked Aphrodite, chipped by Praksiteles of Athens. Long missing (only its pedestal is still on the site), this statue once generated one of the earliest forms of tourism: People from all over Mediterranean world flocked to Knidos with the only intention of seeing it.
There are two amphitheatres in Knidos, one of the facing Aegean Sea, while other has a view of Mediterranean proper. Datça is the original site of the city of Knidos, which was relocated in 540 B.C. during the Persian invasions. Old Knidos is located 1.5 km north of modern Datça on a hill where there is an acropolis. On the southern side are the remains of an ancient harbor.
The town (and the peninsula) is famous for its almond trees, and a local dessert made of almond and dried figs is remarkably tasty, so you may consider buying a few packages.
Ferryboat : Datça (Körmen) – Bodrum, Datça – Symi Island (Greece)
Seabus : Datça – Symi Island (Greece), Datça – Rhodes Island (Greece)
Bus : Datça – Marmaris, Muğla, Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Bursa, Konya
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport, Dalaman International Airport