“Altinkum” meaning “golden sand” in Turkish relates to the Beach area of Didim, it is the perfect name for this Aegean Coastal resort and a name that more than delivers, so much so that two of its outstanding beaches have been awarded the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ with a further four awarded in the surrounding areas. The crystal clear waters of the Aegean shelve gently away from the shore making it an ideal resort for families with children as there are no sudden changes in depth.
Dotted along the beach are small boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes, bars & restaurants that cater to all tastes where 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 book a day of relaxation cruising the bays & coves on the coastline, do a spot of fishing or scuba diving, or for the more adventurous among you there are the party boats for a day of fun and sun.History buffs are only five minutes away from the Divine Sanctury of the God Apollo, where for a few lira you can wander freely around the temple under the formidable gaze of the snake haired Medusa. Further afield, within a twenty minute drive, are the Ancient City of Miletos and Priene, the one time home of Alexander the Great.
In the summer months Altinkum 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.