My wife and I have been to Turkey 20 times in the past 30 years. We counted them all up. In the beginning, all the places were quiet and had a genuinely authentic ambience but as time has gone on, many of Turkey's destinations have followed the example of Spain more closely than we like. Bodrum was once a quiet place, Olu Deniz was magical. Hisaronu had hardly begun. Kalkan has sprawled so that it doesn't resemble what it was fifteen years ago. Not only have the resorts turned into little Benidorms, they're not as cheap as they were (but still good value)
Datca is a breath of fresh air. I don't like to praise it too highly in case it fills up with the overspill from Altinkum. Datca has a sophisticated feel about it: nothing 'kiss me quick' in this place. The rich from Istanbul come and play here and they don't come to Datca to put up with crap. The restaurants are good, the shops are quality. It's a bit like Provence 60 years ago.
If you want noisy discos and English food, don't go to Datca Flow. It caters mainly to Turks so the (excellent) cuisine is Turkish. It was served as buffets but I think there may be an a la carte option, but we didn't try it or need it. Lovely polite staff, attentive but not intrusive; genuinely, nothing seemed to be too much trouble. And a nice uncrowded beach.
Incidentally, I'm not a windsurfer, but if you are, this is THE place. Miles of of sandy beach with no one on them, good fresh wind in abundance.
A perfect place to spend a few days. It feels like being on holiday when you're there. We will return, difinitely.
Dr David Allaun
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