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Didim and Altinkum

Didim is the busy town named after the ancient site of Didyma, of which Altinkum forms the resort with its glorious beaches and facilities for the holidaymaker.

, literally translated means ‘Golden sand’ and refers to the superb sandy beaches around the Didim coastline. There are many smaller sandy beaches and coves all along the coast waiting to be discovered - 56 km in all! Car hire is not essential to get around, as there is a good local taxi service plus the local Dolmus mini bus service to all the local areas and beyond.


Your holiday home in Altinkum, Turkey

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The beaches in Altinkum slope gently and are safe for families with young children and the elderly alike. A heaven for sunbathers, there is a good supply of beds and umbrellas to hire. For the more active, wind surfers, jet skis, banana boats and pedalos are available in the main season.

Despite modernisation, wherever you go in Didim you will be sure to find the local Turkish atmosphere and renowned hospitality. It is not necessary to speak Turkish as English is widely spoken and the residents of Didim and Altinkum offer a warm welcome to their guests.

The area is central to many of Turkey’s archaeological sites such as Miletos, world famous Ephesus, and Priene, and places of interest such as Lake Bafa national park and the Buyuk Menderes River (historically called the "Maeander", from which the word "meander" derives).

With its’ long sandy beaches, water sports, a weekly market, nearby water park, fishing, vibrant nightclubs, quiet bars and restaurants and the historic Temple of Apollo, Didim, and Altinkum too, is an excellent place to have just the holiday you want - relaxing, exciting or exploring the region.

Didim has its own microclimate and benefits from in excess of 300 days of sunshine a year and warm winters. The area (especially Altinkum and the nearby village of Akbuk) is reputed to have health benefits for asthma sufferings and for those with chest conditions.

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