Nice sunset view as we pass over London, England, on our way to Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Shkodra, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Hiking the Peaks of the Balkans, June 13-24!

Monday, October 26, 2020

Daytrip visit to the ancient city of Knidos, Turkey

We tried to get an early start, and managed to get on the road by 8:40am. It was supposed to be a non stop drive of just over two hours to get to the tip of the Datça Peninsula where the ancient city of Knidos is located.

Some cities in Turkey are among the oldest in the world. They say the capital city of Ankara has been continuously inhabited for over 3,000 years. But some very vibrant cities did not last despite being inhabited for very long periods themselves. Knidos is a perfect example.

Depending on what you read, the city of Knidos had at various times a population between 25,000 to 75,000 people. It was occupied for about 1,000 years from 300 BC until 700 AD.

The location of Knidos in Turkey.

We drove 119 kms (74 miles) one way out the Datça Peninsula.

Beautiful start to the day.

It was a fun drive on twisty curvy roads!

Scenery along the way.

This is the main road leading through one little village.
Example of why we want the smallest motorhome possible for our needs!

Arriving at the end of the peninsula.
Can you see the lighthouse?

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When we arrived at the small parking area at about 10:45am, there were only 4 other cars and two small passenger vans. We walked to the entrance booth where we paid the 14 lira ($2.30 CAD, $1.75 USD) fee per adult.

We decided to do the hike to the lighthouse prior to exploring the ruins. It was forecast to be 29C (84F) and there is very little opportunity for shade so we wanted to do the hike before it got too hot. 

It's only 1.2 kms (3/4 mile) to the lighthouse, but it's on an uneven, sometimes overgrown trail.

That's where we're headed!

Lots of remains of old walls.

They were good at carving stone.

Looking back at the site of the city of Knidos.

Looking ahead to the lighthouse.

It only took about 25 minutes to get to the lighthouse, but it seemed like longer than that and we were sweating like crazy. We sat and rested in the shade of the lighthouse and enjoyed the views.

Greek island of Nisiros.

Greek island of Kos.

We had actually thought about visiting some of the Greek islands, but the long standing feud between Greece and Turkey has escalated again over the last couple of months and basic research showed that most (if not all) of the ferries between the two countries aren't running.

Us, with the view looking back at Knidos.

After a short rest, we hiked back to the ruins.

For anybody who wants to learn more, here are two of the information board signs from the ruins site...

It's a huge site, and it would take hours to wander the whole thing. And despite several major archeological excavations, most of it remains in a natural state of ruins. As you're wandering around, you don't have to look very hard to spot broken pottery lying on the ground.

Lots of detail in some of the ruins.

The theater.

It's such a large site and there was hardly anybody around.
It felt like we had it pretty much to ourselves!

Amazing how they cut and placed the huge blocks of stone.

The main central area of the city.

Much of it is just rubble.

The city sundial.

How long would it have taken to carve this?


The square blocks on top are about 4' x 4' x 1'. 
I wonder how much one weighs?

Scenery along the way.

This fellow was enjoying the hot sun.

They are doing some work to "the fountain".

What remains of the top of the fountain.

You can still read some of the inscriptions.
No idea what it said.

Really interesting history and if it had not been so hot we would have stayed and explored longer. But it was really hot. And, we hadn't brought a lunch. There was a cafe place there but it would likely have been expensive. We decided to drive 45 minutes back to the city of Datça (pop 25,000) and find somewhere to eat there.

And we did. We found a little hole in the wall shish kebab place where our meals cost 25 lira ($4.10 CAD, $3.10 USD) each with a salad and a small soft drink included.

After that, we wandered around town a bit.

In the small city of Datça.

They have a pretty waterfront area.

Our friends Volkan and Heather are staying in Datça right now, so we met them at a waterfront cafe for a drink. It was a bit on the pricey side, but the ambiance was nice so we sat and talked for an hour and a half or so. I had a milkshake. Kind of hard to justify because the price was as much as I paid for my lunch! 25 lira ($4.10 CAD, $3.10 USD)...

Looks fancy, but it really wasn't that great!

Nice views of the waterfront in Datça.

We said our goodbyes, but we will see them again at some point on this trip.

Then we did the hour and fifteen minute drive back to our cottage. It was getting dark when we arrived back at 6:30pm. It was a long day, but a good day!

Nice price drop on the Elite Gourmet Bread Maker.

And in Canada...


  1. Replies
    1. It sure was! Beautiful views and a great history lesson. :-)

  2. What a fabulous day! Thank you so much for the great pictures and the historical information! Very appreciated!

    1. It was a long day for us but we enjoyed every minute of it. There is so much history in Turkey, more than we ever expected there to be. And, the scenery is fantastic. :-)

  3. When we visited Knidos we pretty much had it to ourselves, too. We had my mom with us, so didn’t get a chance to hike to the lighthouse, so I appreciated the photos of the views looking back from that direction.

    We usually get the MüzeKart when we are out exploring in Turkey. Used to be available to Turkish citizens only, but looks like they have versions available for visitors as well now. I have not looked into the details, but if you have not done so, you might want to check it out. Depending on the places you plan to visit, it might prove worthwhile. The version for Turks is (was?) good for a year and it always paid for itself quickly.

    1. It is definitely not a well known spot to visit and it is quite a drive out there but it was worth it to have the place almost to ourselves. The history there is amazing. I am glad that we could show you the views looking back at the site from the lighthouse. Had we had more time and the temperatures weren't quite so hot, we would have loved hiking up the mountain behind the site itself. There was a nice path leading up there and I bet the views were spectacular.

      Kevin did know about the MüzeKart/Museum Pass and we may think about it but we also don't want to feel like we have to hit places just to make the card worthwhile. Thank you for letting us know about it. :-) Actually I just looked at it and for foreign visitors is costs 550 lira and is only good for 15 days from the date that the card is first used and only some sites are free others are discounted and some others you would need a second card like in Istanbul, which we wouldn't be going to anyways. So we really don't think that it is worth it to us.

  4. we're REALLY enjoying this trip! thank you

    1. We are so happy to hear that you are really enjoying this trip through our eyes. :-)

  5. Amazing photos! Things we studied in school you are in contact with. We need some pictures of that great food! Shish Kabobs and more!!! Have fun!

    1. Thank you Chris! It is funny though because much of what we learned in school about Roman history seemed to take place more in Italy and Greece than in Turkey. I don't every remember learning about sites like this in Turkey when I was at school.

      We have been taking some photos of our meals, just not all of them partly because we really don't eat out very much. Kevin did post our lunch from a few days ago on our blog post of Marmaris and this meal looked much like that one. Unfortunately we can't show you all the wonderful dishes they serve here because the majority of them include gluten. :-(

  6. Very interesting! The ruins had very interesting carvings, some with a lot of detail. Keep it up ,please! Rawn

    1. Yes, some one the articles that they have unearth are in amazing shape, even after all the time that has passed by. Some are so well preserved that you can still make out some of the writing on them! So much history here, we will never be able to see it all.

  7. Amazing! Incredible! What a fantastic day you had and thanks again for the great narratives and photos! Safe travels.

    1. Yes, it was another great day and there are plenty more to come. We are glad that you are enjoying our posts. :-)


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