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Altinkum / Didim, Turkey - We've got it covered

When translated Altinkum means 'golden sands' and it isn't called this for nothing. With the three good, clean, sandy beaches available in the area, it's a perfect beach resort. As the sands shelve gently to the warm Aegean Sea, they're perfect for the whole family. The main beach is quieter with sun beds and parasols lining the sands while the third beach is the place to head for water sports such as jetskiiing, water-skiing, banana boat riding or windsurfing if you want some action on your visit to Turkey.

Altinkum is a laid back resort with a sense of fun. By night it's bustling beachfront is lined with all manner of restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs. By day, there's a more relaxed feel where holidaymakers laze away the day topping up the tan and drifting from cafe to cafe drinking fresh juices, apple tea and the all important chilled Efes beer.

Altinkum has grown rapidly over the past 15 years and is popular with lifestyle buyers and holiday home investors. The Altinkum Didim area lies in the Bodrum peninsular of Mugla on its south east coast with the growing town and bay of Akbuk lying in its coastal inlet/bay. Altinkum is situated 110km from Bodrum Milas Airport (around 1.5 hours transfer), 150km south from Izmir and 73km from Kusadasi.

As is the case throughout Turkey, Altinkum and Didim have a fascinating history. Didim is just 4km inland from the coastal resort of Altinkum and is the main town in the area. It used to be centred in the area around the ancient city of Didyma, home to the Apollo Temple, until the 1956 earthquake destroyed many of the original buildings and infrastructure. Following the earthquake, the government supported locals and built stronger concrete based houses throughout the historic area down to Yenihisar meaning 'new fort'. Around 15 years ago visitors from the larger cities of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir came to Altinkum in search for cheap land prices by the sea to build their holiday homes. At that point Turkeys economy was not as stable or strong as it is today and was on the decline so many decided to relocate permanently to the area to enjoy a better quality of living and cheaper prices. The area started to boom with life and foreigners also started to visit more frequently and look to buy a holiday home or settle in the area. Land sales of the areas infertile tobacco fields enabled the once poor landowners to become very wealthy quickly with many now reaping in the profits via their hotels, housing developments, cafes bars and restaurants. The towns name was changed to 'Didim' and intervening years have seen the area go from strength to strength into the bustling and very profitable tourist resort it is today.

With regards to property investment in the Altinkum and Didim area you can expect good rental returns on buy to lets, excellent long term capital gain prospects with land and property prices still cheaper than many other areas on the coast. The climate is fabulous between April to October, there is a growing ex-patriot community resident year round, and the government are supporting tourism in the area by ongoing improvements to local infrastructure like providing pedestrian walkways by the beach, new roads, drainage and community buildings. The new D-Marin built to the West of Altinkum is the largest marina on the Aegean coast. Include mooring for 623 yachts, a shopping mall, customs and heliport it has created increased interest in the area and continues to push land and property prices up making this the ideal time to buy in the areas of Didim , Altinkum and Akbuk.

Altinkum Didim At A Glance

  • The new 623 berth marina opened in 2009 includes a heliport, customs and shopping centre and covers a colossal 287,000m2 area between the 3rd beach and Parlementerler to the West of Altinkum. This has already attracted a lot of investors to the region and in turn had a very positive effect on property prices. The marina, the third of the Dogus Groups Turkish marinas, the others in Gocek and Turgutreis, offers fairly priced mooring to those wishing to use its modern and well maintained facilities.
    The official D marin website can be seen by clicking on this link
  • Altinkum has 3 good sandy beaches offering a wide range of activities to suit most tastes
  • Altinkum is a beach resort now popular with tourists so rental returns are healthy and buy to let investment popular. Didim is 4km inland and the larger town offering a wealth of shopping and historical sight-seeing activities. Again a popular tourist resort, property prices tend to be slightly cheaper here yet the area is still within very easy access to the beach.

Altinkum Didim Location

  • Altinkum and Didim lies 150km from Izmir airport and 90km from Bodrum Milas Airport, both operating regular direct flights to the UK during the summer months and less frequent flights during the winter off season. From November to April regular internal flights with UK connections are readily available via Istanbul.
  • Altinkum is the smaller coastal resort just 4km away from the large inland town of Didim. There are regular local buses running the short distance at a minimal cost paid locally
  • There is a daily ferry service between Altinkum and Bodrum during high season and 3 times weekly during the off season months. Fares are paid locally at a reasonable price.
  • Didim and Altinkum have regular coach services from their bus stations or 'autogar' to larger cities around Turkey.

Altinkum Didim Activities

  • Market day is Saturday in Didim with regular bus services taking you to the market area from the centre of Altinkum every few minutes. Here you can haggle and buy all manner of fresh produce, souvenirs, clothes and household items at reasonable prices
  • Dolphin Square and its local market sells leather goods, clothes, lace and home grown produce at fair prices
  • Didyma Shopping Mall is easily reached offering a good range of stalls and supermarkets ideal for those on self catering holidays or with villas or apartments in the region.
  • Apollo's Temple, by Altinkum market, lies just inland and is a suitably atmospheric place to visit with once huge columns, now little more than stumps, decorated with the most elaborate reliefs of warriors and the heads of Gods and Goddesses, a stone-paved 'sacred road' and two giant columns, that can be seen from miles around, the only remains of the 122 columns that stood in the Roman times. The temples stretch back to the 8th Century BC.
  • The world renowned ruins of Ephesus are approximately 1 hour away from Altinkum. One of the best preserved ruins on the Aegean, the ancient city of Ephesus is a must-see on any visit to Turkey. Its temples, odeons, theatres, libraries, paved streets, fountains and theatres are a remarkable testament to the advanced civilisation which made its home here in the 10th century BC.
  • You can take a ferry to Bodrum from the marina, it is the ideal opportunity to see another fascinating and very picturesque town, shop and enjoy some of the many restaurants and bars on offer.
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