DATCA & KNIDOS
( Knidos or Cnidus is an ancient settlement )
The breezy town of Datca is the perfect place to escape to for a day, to wander
over the windswept ruins of ancient Knidos, as well as take in the delights of
the town itself and enjoy the cool breeze from the open sea.
Knidos was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia, part of the Dorian Hexapolis. It
was situated at the extremity of the long Datça peninsula, which forms the
southern side of the Gulf of Gökova. It was built partly on the mainland and
partly on the Island of Triopion or Cape Krio. The debate about it being an
island or cape is caused by the fact that in ancient times it was connected to
the mainland by a causeway and bridge. Today the connection is formed by a
narrow sandy isthmus.
The extreme length of the city was little less than a mile, and the whole
intramural area is still thickly strewn with architectural remains. The walls,
both of the island and on the mainland, can be traced throughout their whole
circuit; and in many places, especially round the acropolis, at the northeast
corner of the city, they are remarkably perfect.