General Information About Didim
Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydin Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123 km (76 mi) from the provincial capital city of Aydin. Didim is the site of the antique city of Didyma with its ruined Temple of Apollo.
Didim is located on the north shore of the gulf of Güllük, opposite Bodrum peninsula villages such as Torba, Türkbükü, and Yalıkavak. The district consists of Didim itself, a coastal town of 26,000 people, and a number of small towns including Altınkum (which means "golden sand"), Gümüşkum ("silver sand") and Sarıkum ("yellow sand").
This coast has become a very popular holiday resort, known for its long sandy beaches, clear blue sea, ancient ruins, and its own microclimate, benefiting from hundreds of days of sun annually and warm winters, allowing residents to use the beaches and engage in watersports even in January.
The Recent renewal of main roads means the area is easily served by Bodrum (86 km)and Izmir airports( 143 km).
The best way to get around Didim and the surrounding area is to hire a car. But you can also use public transportation or walk along the streets. Beaches, attractions, shopping and entertainment facilities are located within walking distance of the roads. Below you may find advantages and disadvantages of most popular ways getting around in Didim and area nearby.
Getting around Didim is also easy using the Dolmus (a small minivan). The Dolmus runs frequently and can is available on all key routes. Running every 10 mins, all you need to do is to wave and it will stop and let you get on. Prices are low approx. 1$ per person. The Dolmus runs from 7 am to 12 pm and sometimes until 2 am in the high season.
As everywhere around the world you can use a taxi in Didim, but is a resort town, so keep in mind that the cost of a taxi is quite expensive (like in other resort towns of Turkey). All taxis in Turkey are equipped with taximeters but after midnight we recommend to ask driver the cost before the trip as the cost may be higher in comparison to daytime.
Nature and beaches
Altinkum is the most famous beach in Didim."Altinkum” directly translated means “golden sand”. It's the perfect name for this Aegean Coastal resort and a name that more than delivers, so much so that two of its outstanding beaches have been awarded the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ with a further four awarded in the surrounding areas. The crystal clear waters of the Aegean shelve gently away from the shore making it an ideal resort for families with children as there are no sudden changes in depth.
Dotted along the beach are small boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes, bars & restaurants that cater to all tastes where you can sit and enjoy the view while sipping Turkish tea, or something a little stronger.
Surrounded with various bays, Didim delights its guests with the variety of natural wonders. A scenic landscape surrounded with olive and pine trees and natural wonders such as the Bafa Lake.
This lake is a listed bird sanctuary situated at the foot Mount Latmus, each year hundreds of thousands of ducks and aquatic birds migrate here. Crested pelicans are the most important as they are nearing extinction with only 2,000 left in the world and this is their third biggest colony. The area has been declared a nature park of some 12,281 hectares. It is a haven for nature lovers with picnic areas, camp sites, bird-watching posts and trails.
The weather in Didim Altinkum is very mild and it enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. In winter, the weather is pretty warm. It rains but never snows. In summer, temperatures start to increase in May and reach 33-34 C in August with little or no humidity.