For this next installment of destination literature, I found inspiration in Vendela Vida’s The Lovers, a novel about loss and the passing of time. When the novel’s protagonist, Yvonne, finds herself a lonely widow, she travels to the coastal village of Datça, Turkey, where she and her husband honeymooned 28 years before. By traveling to the breathtaking beaches, ancient ruins and winding village streets of Datça, Yvonne hopes to reverse time.
Datça offers many attractions for any traveler seeking escape. The hidden gem Domuzbükü, which means “Pig Inlet,” is one beautiful getaway. This tranquil turquoise bay can only be reached by boat and offers a secluded hideaway.
The main village of Eski Datça (Old Datça) has partially been restored from years of neglect during the twentieth century, and once again has stone-paved lanes, walls covered in flowery vines called bougainvillea and little cafés and shops to stroll through.
If you’re looking for something a bit more historical, Knidos is a must-see. The ancient harbor showcases ruins of basilica arches, mosaics and a large sea-facing theater. To add to its allure, the drive to Knidos runs along the picturesque edge of the peninsula Datça is located on.
This little-known village is the perfect destination for anyone hoping to pause time for a little while.