Datça – Muğla – Turkey
GPS : 36°40’10.7″N 27°30’13.5″E / 36.669630, 27.503762
VHF Channel : 16
Call Sign : ” palamutbuku harbour ”
Palamutbükü is named after oak trees growing in the village in which almond trees and olive trees are grown, at present. The beautiful bay and the restaurants here is a must to see for tourists going on a boat tour along the coast. You will see a gentle slope of barren hills meeting the water here with beach houses, small pensions and summer houses among the trees along the beach and also fishing boats and yachts anchored in the harbor.
Palamutbükü today is a holiday village with a long beach. The popular Palamutbükü Beach, in a long bay on the south side of the peninsula, is a nice place to stop after visiting the ruins. Palamutbükü beach is 2 km’s long and the beach is a mixture of natural sand and colorful rocks. Behind the beach are a number of restaurants each also serves their own zone of sand. This is such a beautiful bay that people on the boat trips definitely stop by there to go the fish restaurants.
Palamutbükü is located on the peninsula between the historic city of Knidos and Datça. Knidos is 12 km to the west and Datça 25 km to the east. Palamutbükü is a holiday village with a long beach on where lots of summer houses and pensions take place. These small houses are surrounded with pines and soft hills which gently reach the stunning sea. There are also lots of hotels for pensioning. There were streets of shops, and if you are there on a Saturday, there is a local market.
Palamutbükü lies on the Datça Peninsula which is a small village with a long beautiful beach on the edge of an incredibly beautiful and clear sea. The village is 25 km away from Datça Centre. Regular mini bus services are available. The beach of Palamutbükü lies on the Datça peninsula. It is a long streched pebbled beach with a well-kept promenade. Under some nice trees which are lined-up along the beach you can enjoy the typical Turkish hospitality with traditional drinks and food.
Palamutbükü locality, more to the west, also has a little pier which allows boats to moor. Rounding Divan Burnu, you will enter the harbor of Palamutbükü, just in front of the island of Palamut. You will find electrical current and water hookups for your vessel at this harbor, which is convenient for overnighting. After departing Knidos, you will find Palamutbükü to be enticing as a secure spot to drop anchor. Situated 5.5 nautical miles SE of Knidos, you can cruise into Palamutbükü by navigating past Divan Burnu. The island of Palamutbükü is situated in front of the wide Palamut Limanı.
At Palamutbükü there is a small pier where they allow boats to dock. A small yacht harbour has been added to the western end of the beach. Taking a convenient bearing off this island will guide you as you enter the harbor while by maneuvering between the island and the mainland. You can moor your vessel in the clear waters next to the NW shoreline of Palamutbükü. As this spot is exposed to the S and SE prevailing winds, it would be wiser to enter the harbor in front of the village of Palamutbükü, which has a four-cornered dock and two breakwaters of varying lengths.
Entering this harbor is stress-free, whereby it offers shelter from all winds. There is a fishermen’s shelter situated in front, and as it has recently been dredged, you can moor anywhere in this harbor. Palamut Bükü is open to southerlies, but it provides shelter from northerlies with swell in.
There are two coves; ( 36°39’38.0″N 27°29’29.0″E / 36.660556, 27.491389 ) and ( 36°39’52.0″N 27°29’59.0″E / 36.664444, 27.499722 ), along this bare coast between points; Divan Burnu and Palamut Bükü port breakwater. They are good for swimming breaks in calm weather. Anchor in 10 m and take a line ashore. You will find sand bottom, then is rocky to shore, ending of a shingle beach. Boats can anchor off the beach and swing at anchor, but this side gets swell even in calm weather.
While entering into the port, keep some distance off the outer breakwater. The water is shoal by the end of sheltering breakwater. Inside the inlet you will find 4 m depths. There are 15 laid moorings tailed on the quay. You can pick up if you find one free, otherwise drop anchor go stern or bows on the quay. Village administration operates the port. An attendant will come and help you to tie up. Water and electricty are available. A fee is charged.
GPS : 36°39’46.6″N 27°30’34.5″E / 36.662942, 27.509573
The island of Palamut Bükü is situated in front of the wide Palamut Limanı. Taking a convenient bearing off this island will guide you as you enter the harbor while by manuevering between the island and the mainland. You can moor your vessel in the clear waters next to the NW shoreline of Palamut Bükü. As this spot is exposed to the S and SE prevailing winds, it would be wiser to enter the harbor in front of the village of Palamut, which has a four-cornered dock and two breakwaters of varying lengths.
At Dock : 30 boats
Without Dock : 80 boats
Outer Breakwater : 265 m
Inner Breakwater : 63 m
Fish Sale Market
Administration : Village authority administrate the pier.
Accommodation : Pensions, Apart Hotels, Hotels, Motels, Rental House
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants, Tea Gardens
Shopping : Stores, Markets, Shops, Fish Market
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Health : Health Center, Pharmacies, Dentists, Doctors, Nurses
Special Shopping : Honey, Almond, Fishes
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Beach : Palamutbükü Beach
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.
Palamutbükü is located on the peninsula between the historic city of Knidos and Datça. Knidos is 12 km to the west and Datça 25 km to the east.
Ferryboat : Datça (Körmen) – Bodrum, Datça – Symi Island (Greece)
Seabus : Datça – Symi Island (Greece), Datça – Rhodes Island (Greece)
Minibus : Palamutbükü – Datça
Bus : Palamutbükü – Datça, Marmaris, Muğla, Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Bursa, Konya
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport, Dalaman International Airport