What is Akbuk in Turkey like?

Akbuk is small Turkish resort set on a bay in the Aegean region near Didim. Akbuk means White Bay and is 20km from Didim/Altinkum and 60km from Kusadasi

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. It appeals to those wanting an affordable property in a beautiful beach side village within easy reach of busy resorts and amenities.

What is Akbuk in Turkey most known for?

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. Akbuk bay stretches 11 kilometres and enjoys a beautiful backdrop of the Kiran Mountains. The water here is shallow and crystal clear. The whole bay along the sea-front, is lined with trees and straight ahead of you; there are fantastic views of Bodrum Peninsula. From the beach looking north, you have beautiful views of green mountains that cradle the village and bay of Akbuk. To the right you will find Akbuk’s small 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.

Restaurants in Akbuk, Turkey

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 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 dinner.

Hotels in Akbuk, Turkey

There have been arrivals in the last few years of new 5 star hotels and a new one being planned. The Ramada hotel offers day passes.

Shopping in Akbuk, Turkey

For shopping in Akbuk, there are only a few small fashion stores. For food shopping you can visit Carrefour and Migros which are two large supermarkets. A daily market is also held every Tuesday which sells a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.

History of Akbuk, Turkey

For those who enjoy history, Akbuk offers some great historic sites that are worth a visit. There is the Priene Ancient City which is located 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 great 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.  

Are you looking to retire to Akbuk in Turkey?

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.

There are some bars and some restaurants offer dancing. Shopping for groceries, you will find mini-markets and a popular Tuesday market, again only a few minutes’ walk away. Akbuk is approximately a 20/25 minute drive to Altinkum. There is a regular bus service (dolmus) that will take you to Altinkum at minimal cost.


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 for sale Akbuk, Turkey

Offers 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.

It's a great place to buy a Property in Turkey!!


What's on in Akbuk throughout 2022?

International Folklore Festival, Didim Fest - August 24th till September 3rd - Dance groups from all over the world come to participate in the festival and showcase their talents. The sole purpose of the event is to bring different cultures together through the art of music and dance.

International Olive Festival - date to be confirmed - The event is held for 2 days in the Didim area celebrating the fruits of the region and features local companies promoting and selling local olives and olive oil. Great for food lovers.  

Didim Peace Festival - date to be confirmed - The festival takes place every year with the goal of promoting international relations, especially friendship between Greece and Turkey. The festival celebrates with folk dancing, boat races and a race from the Temple of Apollo to Altinkum. At the end of the event there is a music festival which takes place on the beach.  



Akbuk Markets

Tuesday: 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

Horse Safari

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.

Jeep Safari

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.

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