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Visit of Ancient Knidos

Swimming near the ancient Greek ruins

Petr Liška
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Visit of Ancient Knidos
Inserted: 07.12.2013
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The road ends hundred kilometers from Marmaris at the west end of Datça Peninsula with beautiful scenery of a bay surrounded by mountains and the ruins of the ancient town of Knidos. As well as most Greek monuments was Knidos very damaged by earthquakes in the past centuries. Now you will see only small ancient theater and a few preserved columns. More than the town itself, the remains of which stretch in all directions across the surrounding hills, is interesting the landscape in which it is located. You can make a trip to the lighthouse and over the cliffs to the deserted beach.

Bay of Knidos

After a long but beautiful journey across Datça peninsula you will finally arrive to Knidos. The most beautiful view of the bay is just before the parking place at the entrance gate /since the ruins are scattered over a large area, there is unfortunately a fee collected for the entrance to the whole area, so also to the sea/.

Bay of Knidos
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The remnants of Knidos

The most well-preserved remains of Knidos are only a few columns.

The remnants of Knidos
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Ancient theatre in Knidos

Also the ancient theater is not very well-preserved.

Ancient theatre in Knidos
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In the cove

The cove works also as a small yacht harbor. But it is almost not possible to swim here.

In the cove
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The second bay

Right next is the second bay (former ancient harbor), which is the starting point for the hike to the lighthouse.

The disadvantage of Knidos is that even if you get up early, you will be here almost in the noon and it is really hot to walk to the lighthouse or around the surrounding hills dotted with the remains of the ruins.

The second bay
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The remains of the ancient port

If you want to freshen up after a long journey in the car or seeing the ruins, you can try the way to the robinsonian beach. It is the first cove north of the ruins. You can go along the coast for example from the ruins of the old port.

The remains of the ancient port
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The path to robinsonian beach

The way leads in the beginning along well-beaten path. But later there is more than fifty meters long passage, where you have to jump over fallen rocks. So think twice whether this short walk is for you suitable.

The path to robinsonian beach
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Robinsonian beach

After a few minutes of scraping across the slumped mountainside finally peeks out a beautiful beach where you will be for sure alone. Previously, a nice path used to lead here through the flat valley that ends here. But the path is now pretty much overgrown. It is possible to find the remains of columns in water, so swimming has also a historical touch.

Robinsonian beach
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Relax on the robinsonian beach

If you do not have an umbrella, do not stay here for a long time. There is no shade and you could easily get sunburned.

Relax on the robinsonian beach
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