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Knidos, Datca

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#8 of 28 in Historic Sites in Mugla Province
Ruin Tourist Spot
Located on the Datca peninsula, Knidos pays tribute to the ruins of a once-great Greek city with views of the natural harbor below. See the remains of the city's original port area, which led to its rise as a large trading hub because of its location perched on a hilltop above the sea. View the excavated double amphitheater, as well as the temples of Dionysus, Muses, and Aphrodite. You can reach these ruins by boat from Datca, or by car via a winding mountain road that is a trip in and of itself. Keep in mind that these ruins are less marked than other sites, so do your research beforehand to know what's represented here. Make Knidos a part of your Datca vacation plans using our Datca family vacation planner.
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  • I have visited a lot more impressive sites than this in Turkey - worth a visit, but probably not more than once!  more »
  • We last visited knidos 30 years ago by boat. This time we drove there. There has been an enormous amount of work done to improve the site and uncover more. Think on our first visit there were no signs...  more »
  • The city here was extensive. The necropolis alone went 7 km outside the city walls. The ruins are not overwhelming, but imagining what is was like... and what a location. Is often pretty windy, take a...  more »
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  • An easy drive to get to. The views are wonderful. Great history.
  • The scenery around is very nice. However, traveling all the way here to see the ruins is not quite worth your time.
  • If you like ancient ruins this place is very interesting. The big 2200 year old theatre by the sea and the scenic views of the bays from the terraces are worth the visit. The most down terrace doesn't look very appealing. You have to go up the beautiful terraces to see the ancient ruins hidden between bushes. The terraces can be a bit dangerous, you have to be a bit careful as some excavations are not marked or closed. The access to some places requires going up very steep hills. Also the entrance can only be paid by cash and the closest ATM is far away.
  • Amazing place, you never know what you will find, there is stuff everywhere!
  • Beautiful landscape. Historical city nestled in a perfect bay. The point where the Aegean and the Mediterranean sea meet.

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