Photographer's Note

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

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-fourth 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.

Both the town and the peninsula were called Reşadiye [3] for a brief period in the beginning of the 20th century, in honor of 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 along with Eski Datça (literally "Old Datça") and İskele ("the quay") quarters, each separated from the others by a distance of about a mile to form, taken as a whole, the town of Datça proper. Reşadiye quarter was the original administrative core was located 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).

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