Altinkum is a small town on Turkey’s Aegean coast with fishing village origins. It’s also known as Didim, and it’s attracted a considerable ex-pat population as one of Turkey’s cheapest, urbanized places to buy property. The monthly living costs in Turkey are much lower than that of the UK.
When the small village of Altinkum merged with the small town centre of Didim to form one district, the two names were joined. On the other hand, Altinkum historically applies to the beach areas, while Didim is further inland. The word “Altinkum” means “golden sands,” which reflects the area’s popularity as a beach resort, with many international visitors, ex-pats, and Turks flocking to the area during the summer.
Areas of interest in Altinkum
The most prominent landmark is the Apollo Temple in Didyma. It marks the end of the popular sacred path, a pilgrimage route from the ancient city of Miletus, and dates from its period as a pagan worship centre. It is a close second to the oracle of Delhi in Greece as a renowned Hellenistic oracle, and if construction had progressed, it would have been even more extensive. It is the region’s most popular tourist attraction, dedicated to the Greek god’s Apollo and Artemis.
The D-Marin, one of Turkey’s largest marinas, was Altinkum’s most notable construction project. The town was completed at a colossal cost of 50 million dollars, allowing it to become a favourite stop for people sailing the Turkish Riviera. It can accommodate 1100 yachts and includes a yacht club, with a swimming pool, restaurant, cafeterias, shops, and a beach club that is a common wedding venue.
Districts in Altinkum
Mahallesi is a Turkish neighbourhood, and there are 16 of them in Altinkum and Didim. Because of their proximity to banks, stores, restaurants, and major transportation routes. The second beach district, Altinkum Mahallesi, is home to numerous hotels, bars, and restaurants. The majority of the properties here are within a 10- to 15-minute walk of the 2nd beach, known for its water sports during the summer.
Yeni Mahallesi is a small neighbourhood next to Ataturk Caddessi, the main road leading into town and the beaches. In addition to two green park areas, the neighbourhood is close to most public facilities and attractions. The third beach and near the marina is known as Camlik Mahallesi. Because of the sea views and proximity to the beach, property prices in this area are usually higher. It is also a region with a high concentration of villa construction.
Beaches in Altinkum
Beaches are a natural focal point of the resort, as its name translates to “golden sands.” There are several small coves and bays in the town, but there are three main beaches: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The latter is popular for scuba diving, while the 2nd beach is suitable for watersports. The busiest, particularly during the summer, is 1st beach, which is likely due to its position in the heart of Altinkum’s beachfront promenade.
Shopping in Altinkum
In terms of food, every requirement is met. There are three major supermarkets on the main road and a weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays that are particularly common due to the low organic produce prices.
Nightlife in Altinkum
No one is dissatisfied by the wide variety of restaurants in Altinkum, whether they are visiting or living here. There are Chinese, Indian, and foreign options and the conventional Turkish establishments (lokantas). Aside from that, the 2nd beach area is known for its family-friendly bars, and Dolphin Square is suitable for a few drinks before reaching the seafront nightlife scene.
How do you reach Altinkum?
The best airport to fly into is Bodrum, from the UK it’s around a four-hour flight. The transfer from the airport to Altinkum is around a seventy-five-minute drive.