Akbuk is small Turkish resort set on a bay in the Aegean Region near Didim. Akbuk means White Bay and is just 70km from Bodrum Airport and 140km from Izmir. Akbuk is situated 23km from the centre of Didim and 106km from Aydin city centre.
Akbuk is a place to stay for holiday makers who like to take quiet laid back holidays. It is also said to have the highest oxygen ratio and lowest humidity rate in Turkey. Akbuk’s atmosphere is recommended by doctors for people suffering with asthmatic conditions.
Akbuk offers a peaceful lifestyle. It was once originally a small fishing village, but today things have changed, yet the resort still manages to maintain its small resort atmosphere and Turkish charm. Akbuk is known for its clear blue water and clean air. The sea water changes colour, blue to turquoise with the shifting of the winds.
Akbuk is stretched around a lovely bay, here you will find small beaches scattered all around, and there have been arrivals in the last few years of new 5 star hotels, so you have options, the Ramada offers day passes to the hotel and there water park on the seafront, along with other hotels, this has now put this small resort on the map.
There is a nice selection of upmarket restaurants along its traditional sea front, along with the small local more Turkish ones, a selection of bars, and shops and now several small supermarkets, so you have no need to travel away from the resort. You can book boat trips direct from the harbour, or pick up the morning catch for diner, whichever you prefer.
For shopping in Akbuk, there are only a few small fashion stores. For food shopping you can visit Tansas and Migros which are two very large supermarkets. A daily market is also held every Sunday which sells a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
From the beach looking north, you have beautiful views of green mountains that cradle the village and bay of Akbuk. The Akbuk bay stretches 11 kilometres enjoying with a beautiful backdrop of the Kiran Mountains. The water here is shallow and crystal clear.
For those who enjoy history, Akbuk offers some great historic sites that are worth a visit.
There is the Priene Ancient City which is loacted about 50km from Akbuk. Priene used to be a harbour in the Byzantine time. You will be able to see the ancient theatre which can sit 5,000 people, there are ruins of a Turkish bath, plus the Byzantine church and the Athena temple.
Another get site to explore is the Miletos Ancient City, situated 20km from Akbuk. The city was famous for its art, science and trading. Miletos has a theatre 140 metres wide and 30 metres high able to hold 15,000 people. Here you will also be able to see ruins of Faustina baths and Serapis temple. Some ruins have been taken from this ancient city and are being displayed at the Berlin Museum in Germany.
Retire To Akbuk
Many people who have come from big cities to visit Akbuk have made decisions to retire here. There are plans for quite a bit of development of the next few years but given the building restriction and preservation order this resort is set to become exclusive to people seeking idyllic holiday homes.
The whole bay along the sea-front (approx 6km), is lined with trees and straight ahead of you; there are fantastic views of Bodrum peninsula. To the right you will find Akbuk’s little harbour, making it an ideal place to walk before, or after your evening meal. The beach is dotted with sandy coves that lend themselves to sunny days of sun-bathing. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, with fantastic views of Bodrum peninsula.
There are some bars and a disco nearby if you feel like a drink or dancing the night away. Shopping for groceries, you will find mini-markets and a popular Friday market, again only a few minutes’ walk away.
Akbuk is approximately a 15/20 minute drive to Altinkum. There is a regular bus service (dolmus) that will take you to Altinkum.
YESITLEPE is situated just a short 20 minute drive away from Akbuk. Yesiltepe is a small quiet village with many private villas set nestled below the mountains. It is a peaceful area and many people buy here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts. The coast can be found 5km away and also close by is the picturesque Bafa Lake National Park, one of the biggest lakes in the area, surrounded by history rocks with carvings on, ancient ruins and churches. A short drive away you will find some lovely villages where you can stop and eat with the locals.
Property in Akbuk is good value for money, mainly because Akbuk is still a small resort. Akbuk is still peaceful and unspoiled.
Lovely sandy beaches stretch all round the bay and the views from this large mountain backed bay are spectacular.
Akbuk is situated 10km south of Altinkum.
Akbuk is definitely one to watch for the future! It’s a great place to buy a Property in Turkey.
What’s on throughout 2019
Didim Vegan Festival - Different companies will be offering vegan food, cosmetics and clothing at the festival from their own stands. Vegan chefs will also be invited to attend to cook and serve vegan dishes (29th April - 30th April)
FRIDAY: Full Market, location it is opposite the main Bus Station, selling a bit of everything!
Things to do in Akbuk!
Akbuk Boat Trips
Visit Mermaid Boat Tours
A day trip of a life time, explore the beautiful countryside, forest and mountains on horseback. If you don’t mind getting wet, you can even go swimming with the horse in the sea. Some trips will even include lunch.
An exciting day trip on a Jeep travelling through the mountain trails and seeing the beautiful landscapes that nature has to offer. There is a lunch break to recharge batteries before setting out to continue to view the countryside before heading back to relax and enjoy the evening sunset.