We are an Aegean Coastal resort situated on the Bodrum Peninsular and can be reached from all major airports in the UK with flights into Bodrum and Izmir at a journey time of approximately 4 hours.
Didim, or Didyma as the ancients called is, an area completely surrounded by the Aegean Sea and therefore, in our small part of the world, you are never more than 10 minutes away from a beach. Our gently shelving waters are bordered by sandy bays and coves with a whopping ten of our beaches awarded the prestigious blue flag.
Dotted along our main beach are small boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes, bars & restaurants that cater to all tastes and here, you can sit and enjoy the view while sipping Turkish tea, or something a little stronger. Bordering the main beach is a small harbour where you can buy freshly caught fish, book a day’s sightseeing trip to the Island of Kos, or, for a small fee, book a ”’tekno tour’ and indulge in a day’s relaxation of swimming, discovering secluded beaches or just lying in the sun with not a care in the world.
What is there to do?
Around our beaches you will find water sports, idyllic fishing spots, scuba diving, snorkelling treasures and of course the fabulous ‘D Marin’ with its beach bar and yacht club. We are proud of our multimillion pound marina which can host a thousand vessels. It is without a doubt an important move toward the future of tourism in the area and certainly raises the bar for the rest of the resort.
There is something for everyone here and plenty to keep you occupied. For families we have some great attractions that include the Luna Park (fairground), the Aqua Park, Go Karting, Horse trekking and bowling for the days you are not up to your eyes in sandcastles. For you singles, there is plenty of nightlife that includes the open air night clubs where you can sip cocktails and dance the night away under a star lit canopy of night.
This is also a wonderful place for the history buff among you. A centrepiece of our town is the superbly preserved Apollo Temple where an audience with one of the most powerful oracles in the ancient world would have sealed your fate! Within twenty minutes of Didim itself is also the Ancient City of Miletus, the most important of port city’s of the times, where you can explore gladiator caves and dungeons that sit under the full amphitheatre, climb the castle walls or rest at the temple of Athena. Adventure another ten minutes along the road and you will be treading in the soft leather footsteps of Alexander the Great through the magnificent city of Priene.
You Golf enthusiasts have the choice of two courses within reach of Didim and suitable for a jolly day out. Choose from Vita Park in Bodrum (1 hr. drive) or Kusadasi Golf Resort & Spa (40 mins drive)
If, like us, you like to spend some time with the vine, then a trip up the mountain to Sirinci village is a must. Here you can wander around the pretty cobbled streets admiring hand woven lace, vibrant pashmina’s, herb encrusted soaps and ceramic nik naks in between sampling the delights of the plump fruit vines. Highly recommended are the Nar (Pomegranate) & Karadut (blackberry).
If Herons or Flamingos are your thing, then grab your binoculars and head to Bafa Lake for an afternoon of ornithology as you sit by the lake with a meze and a cold beer on a glorious afternoon.
Our landscapes are very green and due to this our air has some of the highest oxygen levels in the world. Didim is often recommended by Doctors as a healthy place to visit. Alongside the oxygen, you will also find olive, lemon and fig trees just about everywhere and the locals are often seen in the hedgerows picking wild asparagus, wild garlic or chamomile to grace their dinner tables. Our markets are fit to burst with delicious, organically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs that cost a fraction of the price of the UK. It’s a foodies dream.
Shall we go on?
OK then; in the summer months Didim comes alive. The beat of the music, the street dancing, the neon lights, the traditional costumes, the beach bonfires, the flower sellers, the candy floss, donuts and sticky ice cream. It is quaint and charming and really quite magical.
Over the past seven years, with attractive property prices and inevitable progress, this jewel in the Aegean has grown from a small fishing village to a top contender as a holiday hotspot and investors dream.
Didim incorporates several individual resorts with Altinkum being the most well-known. within the Didim borders are the exclusive residential area of ‘Yesilkent” with its up market villas & picturesque beach, the mountainous town of ‘Akbuk” a stunning panorama of turquoise sea and purple mountain ranges, “Mavisehir” a traditional town set around a horseshoe bay with a small harbour and nightly bazar, “Sagtur” with its small coves and rolling countryside and ‘Akkoy” a whitewashed traditional village of Greek heritage.
So, did we whet your appetite?
Written By Kym Ciftci