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A hotel in Datça is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Datça hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Datça are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Datça hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Datça hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Datça have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Datça
An upscale full service hotel facility in Datça that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Datça hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Datça
Full service Datça hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Datça
Boutique hotels of Datça are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Datça boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Datça may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Datça
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Datça travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Datça focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Datça
Small to medium-sized Datça hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Datça traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Datça hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Datça
A bed and breakfast in Datça is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Datça bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Datça B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Datça
Datça hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Datça hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Datça
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Datça hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Datça lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Datça
Datça timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Datça often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Datça on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Datça
A Datça motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Datça for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Datça motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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General view of a quay in Datça
General view of a quay in Datça
Location of Datça within Turkey.
Location of Datça within Turkey.
Datça is located in Turkey
Location of Datça within Turkey.
Coordinates:  / 36.7283; 27.6869  / 36.7283; 27.6869
Country Turkey
Region Aegean
Province Muğla
• Mayor Şener Tokcan (CHP)
• District 476.06 km (183.81 sq mi)
Population (2012)
• Urban 11,261
• District 17,357
• District density 36/km (94/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 48x xx
Area code(s) 0252
Licence plate 48

Datça is a district of Muğla Province in south-west Turkey, and the center town of the district. The center is situated midway through the peninsula which carries the same name as the district and the town (Datça Peninsula).

Datça: Name

The name Datça comes from Stadia, a name of the city of Cnidus. Stadia developed into Tadya, Dadya, Dadça, and then Datça.

Both the town and the peninsula of Datça were called Reşadiye for a brief period in the beginning of the 20th century, honoring the penultimate Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V Reşad, and some maps may still refer to the peninsula under this name; today Reşadiye is the name of one of the quarters of the town.

Datça: Geography

The long and narrow Datça Peninsula, whose outline follows the undulations of small bays and coves facing south or north all along its length which reaches near 100 km (62 mi), corresponds almost exactly to the Datça district, with the addition beyond its isthmus of a small panhandle in the direction of the south-east. The isthmus itself is only several hundred meters wide.

The extreme end of the western tip of the district and the peninsula, the locality called Tekir, is the location of the ancient city of Knidos. There is an ongoing debate on whether or not this location was the original site of the ancient city, a number of sources claiming that until the mid-4th century BCE, Knidos was halfway along the peninsula, near the present-day district center.

The peninsula's eastern end is marked by the fjord-like indentation of Bencik Cove, 1.5 km in length, at the end of which the narrow isthmus where it joins the mainland is found. This point is a natural curiosity which offers a wide view of the Gulf of Gökova in the north and the Gulf of Hisarönü in the south and is called Balıkaşıran (literally, the place where fish may leap across) and is also often used for the portage of small boats. According to Herodotus, during the Persian invasions in 540 BC, the Knidians had sought to dig a canal at this spot as a defensive measure and in order to transform their territory into an island. But an oracle was consulted who reportedly said "If the gods had so willed, they would have made your land an island. Do not pierce the isthmus." Whereupon they surrendered to the Persians.

Datça: Settlement

The quarters of the city of Datça are Reşadiye, Eski Datça 'Old Datça' and İskele 'quay', separated by about a mile from each other. Reşadiye was the original administrative core when the town was renamed Datça and turned into a district center in 1928, before it was moved to İskele quarter. The center town is crossed by the short course of the Datça Stream (Datça Çayı in Turkish).

Datça peninsula is traced by many small bays and coves

The Datça district has nine villages scattered along the peninsula. These are; Cumalı, Emecik, Hızırşah, Karaköy, Kızlan, Mesudiye, Sındı, Yakaköy, Yazıköy. Historically, apart from small coastal patches, Datça Peninsula has two fertile areas along its length. The whole of the eastern half is bare, mountainous and scarcely inhabited. The western part is also mountainous, rising in places over 1,000 meters, but has towards its western end on the south side a considerable extent of well-watered land reaching to the coast at Palamutbükü locality and supporting a group of villages known collectively as Betçe (the five villages). These are; Mesudiye, Sındı, Yakaköy, Yazıköy, Cumalı. The village of Mesudiye, very near the sea shore has a jetty owned by the community of villagers. The village's bay is called Hayıtbükü. Palamutbükü locality, more to the west, also has a little pier which allows boats to moore. Palamutbükü today is a holiday village with a long beach.

The second and larger area of good land is in the middle of the peninsula southwest of the median isthmus dividing the two halves and centered on the town of Datça. The region's promising potential was noted already in the 1880s by the hydrographer Thomas Abel B. Spratt in the following terms:

The plain and valley of Datça is very fertile, having fine groves of olive and valonia, and of almonds and other fruit trees, with abundance of water, if properly utilized.

A point of note on the general settlement pattern of these villages is that the locations chosen were never in the immediate coastline, but always at a mile's distance or more from the sea and at a relatively safe altitude on the slopes of a hill. The reason was from times immemorial was the fear of pirates, advantaged as they were by the intricate geology of shores of southwestern Turkey and of the many islands and islets that are its natural extensions, in an environment not unlike that of the Caribbean Sea. Piracy remained a serious security problem well until the beginning of the 20th century and especially during the weakening of the Ottoman Empire and the issue often necessitated foreign intervention.

Datça: Forest Fires

At around 10 PM, 29 August 2012, a forest fire raged through the town of Emecik, Datca, reducing 75 hectares of forested land to ash. The fire broke out near Karaincir Resort in Emecik, quickly growing out of control with the aid of wind gusts. It took 300 firefighters, 28 water pumpers, 13 water tankers, 8 ranger vehicles, 10 ground teams and 6 bulldozers to bring the fire under control. According to Özkan Şahin, the Marmaris Forest Ranger Chief, this has been the 10th forest fire in the past two weeks. The fact that it had spread from some point near the roadside and reached the seaside within five minutes indicates the possibility of arson. He continued to say that quantities of gasoline might have been spilled at intervals between these two points in order to allow the fire to advance at such a high speed.

Datça: Tourism

Windmills of Datça

Datça Peninsula is a prized location for tourists visiting Turkey, especially by sea, because of the beauty of its many coves and larger bays, which are favored ports of call for those undertaking the celebrated Blue Cruise along Turkey's spectacular southwest coast. Boats (usually gulets) depart either from Bodrum or Marmaris, or from Datça itself for these tours.

The road from Marmaris to Datça may still be a little bumpy in some parts, and winds along a fauna that gradually but strikingly differs from that of the mainland.

A small cove in Datça

Apart from the traditional settlements, there are also a dozen recently constructed vacation villages in the peninsula. The balance between preserving the natural way of life and fauna and investing in large-scale infrastructures for the tourism industry is a vividly ongoing debate for Datça, as for the entire region of southwestern Turkey. The inhabitants of the Datça peninsula have shown themselves clearly opposed to gigantism and are in favor of developing the tourism potential of the region through family pensions and inns and small hotels well integrated into their environment, while governments in the past displayed approaches to the debate in mere foreign exchange entry terms.

Datça: Notable natives

In Turkish literature, Datça is associated with the poet and the accomplished translator (notably of Shakespeare) Can Yücel who spent the last decades of his life in Datça and is also buried here.

Datça: Twin Towns

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Datça: See also

  • Caria
  • Datça Peninsula
  • Foreign purchases of real estate in Turkey
  • Gulf of Gökova
  • Marinas in Turkey
  • Mesudiye, Datça

Datça: Footnotes

  1. "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. Tülay Artan, "Journeys and Landscapes in the Datça Peninsula: Ali Agaki of Crete and the Tuhfezade Dynasty", in Antonis Anastasopoulos, ed., Halcyon Days in Crete 6, Rethymno: Crete University Press 2009, p. 339 full text
  4. Not to be confused with the town of Reşadiye in central-northern Anatolia.
  5. George Ewart Bean (1989). Turkey beyond the Meander ISBN 978-0-7195-4663-1. John Murray Publishers Ltd, London.
  6. With the very high number of the bays and coves ornamenting Turkey's southwestern coastal straits, it is not uncommon for one of these to be spontaneously named after a certain person who could have had a connection to the locality of a temporary or a permanent sort. These names often evolve without the direct involvement of the person concerned. For example, the former "Bencik cove" before arriving in Datça is now widely known as "Emel Sayın cove" (Emel Sayın koyu) simply because she had found the place beautiful and had stopped there to give a short concert to those present. Similarly, "Bardakçı cove" in Bodrum is also called "Zeki Müren cove" (Zeki Müren koyu).
  7. Thomas Abel Brimage Spratt (1886). Remarks on the Dorian Peninsula and Gulf, with Notes on a Temple of Latona there. Archaeologia, 49:345-365, London.
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