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Travel Guide to Didim

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  • Turkey
  • Aydın
  • 0000 km²
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  • Turkish
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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).

Transport

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.

Climate

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.

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Sports Played in Didim

Altinkum and Akbuk resorts are ideal locations and have near perfect weather conditions for water sports holidays.

About Sport in Didim

Didim Altinkum offers you an endless variety of watersports such as Parasailing, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Diving, Banana Riding, Jet Ski, Ringo and so on. You can certainly enjoy some these sports and pump your adrenalin.

Altinkum and Akbuk resorts are ideal locations and have near perfect weather conditions for water sports holidays.

Horse riding can be found just outside of Akbuk, or simply take a rod and a book for a spot of fishing or relaxing in one of the small hidden coves that can be found, well, just about everywhere!

Popular GYM in Didim

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Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
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Didim Culture and History

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Culture and History

Built in the gulf where the Menderes River that blesses the lands around it since the first ages and the Aegean Sea meets; the Miletus Ancient City has been one of the most important settlements in every era since the 3000s BC.

In 7th century BC, it was the trade capital of the world with its 4 harbors and more than 90 colonies. It lost its property of being a harbor due to the alluviums deposited by the Büyük Menderes River that was named as “Meander River” by Herodotus. Miletus Ancient Ruins are a collection of artifacts that reveals the riches that it contained the history and amazes the world. The most important artifact of Miletus is the Milesian School of Thought, founded by Thales, who was one of the seven philosophers of the ancient age. This school is the birthplace of modern ideas. The finds of the excavations in Miletus and Temple of Apollo are exhibited in Miletus Museum.

The first excavations in Miletos were started in 1899 by Th. Wiegand and continue until 1938 except during the First World War. The excavations, resume after the Second World War, have been still carrie doubt by the experts from the German Archaeological lInstitute.

Miletus Didim is one of the Turkey’s best kept secrets.

Historical town center

The only tourist spot of interest in Didim is the historical and mythical monument of the temple of Apollo. However, do not get disheartened the temple itself is so large and has so many things to see that you will soon be complaining about the lack of time. Apart from that the golden beaches in themselves are one of the main attractions of Didim.

The interior of the Temple was a sacred place in the ancient times. In fact, it was here that all the oracles were delivered by the priestess. This place had a secret society and the people came here to receive the oracle but only by paying a heavy price. The two Ionic Capitals are the only remains of the 122 columns that graced the temple in the Roman times. The huge columns are in ruins today but narrate the past that was glorious. In the Christian era St., Paul gave public sermons from the Gospel from this very temple.

Another attraction in Didim is The Sacred Way though situated outside the temple it still bears an important relation to the temple. According to legend, both Apollo and Artemis were born in Didim, but though the temple of Apollo was built in Didim, the temple of Artemis was built in Miletus. These two places were originally connected by a road, which is known as The Sacred Way. Some flagstones are found all along the road that was built by Emperor Trajan in 101 A.D. But his intention about building the flagstones on the road seem to be debated, as some say that there was another road in the same location.

The Medusa Relief is a giant head of Medusa at Didim that was actually a fresco on the beams of the columns. It is believed that Aphrodisias chiseled it in the 2nd century A.D.

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Local tastes and cousins

Taste the wonderful Turkish Cuisine and have an amazing dining experience at nice restaurants of Didim.

In the Didim, the dining scene is so much more than quantity. There are a surprising number of beautiful restaurants and cafes offering a variety of food from the traditional Turkish menu to Chinese cuisine.

Seafood is, of course, a real specialty in Didim Altinkum, with its location providing access Turkey is rightly famed for its cuisine, which is rich and savory, not particularly spicy-hot, with abundant use of vegetables (which makes vegetarians happy.)

Turkish cuisine is often regarded as one of the greatest in the world. Its culinary traditions have successfully survived over 1,300 years for several reasons, including its favorable location and Mediterranean climate. Contrary to common belief, Turkish cuisine is generally not spicy (though this varies throughout the seven regions). Seasonings and sauces, although frequently used, are simple and light and do not overpower the food's natural taste.

National Turkish Drink is Ayran; this drink made from yogurt and makes fresh even in the hottest days. National alcoholic drink of Turkey is Raki. This drink made from anise and there is a special tradition how you have to drink it. The first in the special glass you are putting half of glass Raki, ice and then putting some water. It’s changing the color and become milky white. Next to the Raki mostly serve grilled fish, white cheese or goat cheese and greens with olives.

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Didim Nightlife

Like the restaurants in Didim and Altinkum, there’s more nightlife in Altinkum than there is in Didim for those who want to dance the night away in a lively club. Altinkum’s nightlife is very vibrant and there are multiple bars, discos, and nightclubs to choose from, good enough to satisfy even the hardest of partygoers!

Nightlife in Didim

The nightlife in Didim is a bit more understated than that of Altinkum and perfect for couples and families who enjoy quieter nights. There are several bars where you can sit back and listen to Turkish music while getting to know the friendly waiters and locals, and when you fancy a night of more raucous fun you’ll know that the nightlife of Altinkum is only minutes away!

Nightlife in Altinkum

The young and young at heart who enjoy dancing and drinking all night will find that the nightlife in Altinkum should certainly hit the mark. This tourist town may not yet have quite the same reputation as Gumbet or Marmaris for its nightlife, but that’s changing! There are multiple places to go, and usually a disco or club to suit most musical tastes.

Whether you prefer to chill out and listen to sounds in a bar or go for the full blown disco or nightclub, Altinkum nightlife has it all. Based around the central two squares there are numerous bars in Altinkum’s center to choose from. The beachfront too has bars with karaoke, dancing and entertainment on offer, and there’s usually something suitable for the whole family. You can watch the sun go down over the Aegean from the beachfront bars and enjoy an evening of fun.

The bars are open until late but if you still feel like dancing you can head over to one of Altinkum’s nightclubs. There are several including the popular Medusa Nightclub that’s an open air club overlooking the bay and the coast. The views are great and so is the music as you’ll find an eclectic mix of Turkish and English tunes being played here!

Popular Bars and Restaurants in Didim

 

Palace Name1

Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567

Famous Clubs in Didim

 

Palace Name1

Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567

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