Altinkum is located on Turkey’s Southwest coast. Also called Didim.
The two names came about when the small village of Altinkum grew to merge with the small town centre of Didim and became one district. However, Altinkum traditionally refers to the beachside areas while Didim is further inland. The name “Altinkum” translates into golden sands
Altinkum has 3 magnificent beaches, but the nightlife, the vibrant bazaar, and ancient historical sites are equally big draws.
The area is scattered with many small coves and bays but there are three main beaches which are Main beach, Second and Third beach. The latter is popular for scuba diving, and Second beach is ideal for watersports. While the busiest, especially during the height of summer, is Main beach and this is probably because of its location in the centre beachfront promenade of Altinkum.
Main Beach is an 800-metre stretch of sand in the middle of town, backed by a lovely promenade. The promenade has new features and nice sitting areas.
Packed along the promenade, and in Dolphin Square just behind it, are dozens of local restaurants, bars, nightclubs and a bazaar.
At the end of the sea front is the existing harbour where banana boats, doughnuts and glass-bottomed boats come and go all day long. You can take boat trips along the coast and to Kos.
The smaller Second Beach is a 5 minutes’ walk away. In the opposite direction is Third Beach – a favourite with families for its shallow waters.
Here also is the fantastic D marina. There is a superb complex within the yachting club with up market restaurants and designer shops. You can for a small charge spend the day at the Marina Yacht Club or its Beach Club and be pampered, a little holiday treat, and restricted on numbers so you will never be hustling for space.
Ataturk Boulevard, the road that runs perpendicular to the seafront, connects Altinkum to Didim. This modern town has a large shopping centre, a Saturday market, plus the Temple of Apollo. This was one of the biggest temples of Ancient Greece, and although only 2 of its 122 columns still stand, it’s an impressive sight.
There are three main supermarkets on the main road, selling local and international foods. There is a weekly market on a Wednesday and Saturday which are extremely popular because they sell organic fruit and veg at cheap prices.
Didim shopping mall is located near the Main beach area. The main town centre of Didim consists of shops, traditional restaurants and offices. It is also the main business hub for Altinkum. With shops aimed at local needs rather than for the tourist. It also gives you a glimpse into Turkish daily life.
There is a vast diversity of restaurants in Altinkum. There are traditional Turkish restaurants (lokantas), But also every taste catered for including Chinese, Indian, Italian and international choices. A few of the restaurants also offer evening entertainment such as karaoke, quizzes and games. The Second beach area has family friendly bars. Dolphin square is ideal for a few drinks, with many bars and restaurants. Here later a younger crowd come out to sample the nightclubs.
A car is not needed in Altinkum to get around. Local buses (dolmus) operate from all the beach areas and main town. Buses also go every hour to nearby Soke and stops by Mavisehir and the Apollo Temple. For long distances, the otogar operates bus routes to most places within Turkey. Although there are not direct bus routes to the airports of Izmir and Bodrum, local tour companies sell shuttle and private transfers at a good price.
The best airport to use is Bodrum of which the transfer time is roughly an hour.
Other areas ....
YESILKENT is a lovely area and just a few minute drive away. Yesilkent has its own beaches, which makes it quite private and away from tourists. The village offers a small selection of bars, shops, and restaurants, some of the restaurants can be found on the beach, making this a lovely way to spend your evenings.
MAVISHER is just a few minutes drive from Altinkum. Mavisher offers a lovely traditional looking seafront with small beach area, which enjoys some small bars and lovely restaurants during the summer months. The sea here is extremely blue, hence its name Mavi (Blue) which is the open sea between Turkey and its Greek neighbours. There is a great night market were you can spend a nice relaxing evening shopping followed by gozleme on the sea shore watching the sunset.
Purchasing property in Altinkum, Didim, offers investors excellent value for money, a laid back friendly town with a great variety of facilities where there really is something to suit everyone, whatever the taste or budget.
It’s a great place to buy a Property in Turkey!!
What’s on throughout 2022
International Folklore Festival, Didim Fest - August 24th till Septmeber 3rd - details to follow - Dance groups from all over the world come to participate in the festival and showcase their talents. The soul 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.
WEDESDAY: with in the town central, offering fresh food produce only.
SATURDAY: opposite the main Bus Station, selling a mix of everything.
SUNDAY: New planned, opposite the new health centre in Efeler Mah, selling food produce.
Mavisher Night Market: Evening markets on the outskirts of Altinkum near the Mavisher resort. You can walk freely around the night market to haggle and barter for unique gifts.
Things to do!
Boat Trips within this area-
Siesta Boat Trips
Temple of Apollo
If you like to know the history of Altinkum, why not visit the Temple of Apollo and view the most breath-taking sites of the old ruins.
opening times 2016
8am-7pm from April to October
8.30am-5.30pm from November to March
You will find Milet Museum located in the ancient city of Milet. It has large and small historical amazing finds. You will find artifacts from Miletos and Prience Ancient cities, as well as pieces from the Temple of Apollo in Didim.
Akkoy Local Village
Set on the north neighborhood of Milet City, Akkoy is an amazing village with a small population of around 1400. It offers a very traditional way of living and is the perfect for candidate for rural tourism.
Altinkum means “Golden Sand” and that is exactly what you will find. The beaches of Altinkum are truly amazing. The sand is like gold, the beautiful sea offers the shallow sea to families with children and on the other bay the water is cold and deep. There is 1.5 kilometers of beach, it is surrounded by restaurants, bars and resort accommodations. Plenty of water sports are available or it is just the perfect place to lie back and relax.
There is a great family Water Park on the outskirts of town, easily accessible by the local Dolmus service. It really is a great day out for all the family to enjoy.