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Rock climbing at Datca

Datca is a peninsula in southwest Turkey with the Aegean Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.  The Datca peninsula is craggy with pine covered hills, hidden ravines, sweeping bays and deserted beaches.  Located in these hills are a number of limestone crags offering nearly 300 sport routes.

The sport climbing at Datca is very varied with routes ranging from F5a to F9b.  The style of the climbing varies from slabs, vertical walls with pockets or small crimps, to overhangs with tufas, and monster overhanging caves.  These overhanging caves are where the harder routes are found with Can Baba being the main cave, which has lots of tufas.

Most of the routes are single pitch but are longer than 30m so at least a 70m or even an 80m rope is required, with some routes requiring 17 to 18 quickdraws. The main climbing season is between mid-October and May when the temperature is a reasonable 10 to 20 Celsius.

Map of the Datca rock climbing area in Southwest Turkey

Map of the Datca rock climbing area in Southwest Turkey

Datca rock climbing guidebookGetting to Datca is relatively easy with the closest airports being Dalaman or Bodrum, where it then takes around 2.5 hours to drive to Datca.  Alternatively if you are on holiday at either Bodrum or Marmaris then it is feasible to spend a few days climbing at Datca as part of your general holiday.  There is a direct ferry from Bodrum to Datca that takes 1.5 hours (check dates and availability at www.bodrumferryboat.com), whilst Marmaris is only 70km away by road.

There are plenty of places to stay in Datca during winter, including a camp site run by climbers called ClimbingDatca, who can be found via Facebook.

The Datca rock climbing guidebook has been published by local climbers and is available to buy from our shop.

Datca rock climbing photograph – Can Baba Datca rock climbing photograph – Dionisos F6b Datca rock climbing photograph – Efes Efect F6b+ Datca rock climbing photograph – A Muerte Bicho F8b+

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