Knidos – a large archaeological excavation area
On your way to Knidos, at the tip of the Datca Peninsula, winding roads branch off towards Hayit Bükü, Mesudiye or Palamut. Small or even tiny dwellings, often with nice beaches, small taverns and guesthouses. Actually, far too beautiful to just pass them.
Knidos is a large archaeological excavation area, not overcrowded, but also not yet fully explored.
At the small souvenir shop at the entrance you will find brochures with interesting information regarding Knidos and its changeful past.
You see the old naval port, now rather shallow, and vis-à-vis the bay where in ancient times the antique town’s commercial harbour was located. Knidos is a site to dream about the past and the turbulent history of the Turkish Mediterranean Region.
A little upstream, well accessible on foot, you reach the old lighthouse at the tip of the Datca Peninsula. From there you can see the Greek island of Nisiros, an island with an active volcano, that we frequently visit during our island trips.
Certainly, your excursion day to Datca, Knidos or to quiet beaches at the Gökova or Hisarönü Gulf will fly by much too fast.