The hidden pleasures of the Datça & Hisarönü peninsulas

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Datca PeninsulaIf you run your finger down the west coast of Turkey you will come eventually to Marmaris, and, beyond it, to a two-pronged spit of land that juts out into the Aegean Sea and resembles an open mouth all ready to swallow up the tiny Greek island of Simi (Sömbeki)

The upper jaw of the spit is the Reşadiye Peninsula, named after the tiny town of Reşadiye at the far western end. The lower jaw is the Hisarönü Peninsula, named after the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it resort of Hisarönü, but sometimes known as the Loryma Peninsula after the scant remains of the ancient city of Loryma right down at the southern tip. This is one of the more beautiful and unspoilt parts of the Turkish coast, protected (so far) from over-development by its sheer remoteness.
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