About Altinkum – Turkey

Altinkum – Turkey

On Turkey’s southwest coast is a resort called Altinkum, also known as Didim. The two names were created when Didim’s small town centre and Altinkum’s little village combined to form one district. But Didim is more inland, whereas Altinkum traditionally refers to the coastal regions. Translation of the term “Altinkum” is “golden sands.”

Altinkum offers three outstanding beaches, but the lively bazaar, fascinating history, and nightlife are also major draws.

Although there are other little coves and bays around the region, the Main Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach are the three main beaches. Scuba diving is popular there, and Second Beach is great for water sports. While Main Beach is the busiest, especially at the height of summer, this is likely due to its location in the middle of Altinkum’s beachside promenade.

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What is Altinkum in Turkey like?

The 800m long Main Beach is located in the heart of the city and is bordered by a gorgeous promenade. The promenade incorporates contemporary elements and lovely seating places.

Numerous neighbourhood eateries, pubs, nightclubs, and a bazaar are crammed along the promenade and in Dolphin Square, which is right behind it. The harbour, where doughnut boats, banana boats, and glass-bottomed boats may be found, is located at the end of the seafront. You may enjoy boat tours to Kos and along the coast.

It takes 5 minutes to walk to the smaller Second Beach. Third Beach, which is in the opposite direction and is popular with families for its shallow waters, is nearby.

What is the Yacht Club in Altinkum like?

The magnificent D Marina is also nearby. The yachting club has a fantastic facility with upscale eateries and designer stores. For a nominal fee, you can spend the day at the Marina Yacht Club or its Beach Club and enjoy pampering, a small holiday treat, and limited capacity so you never have to compete for space.

Ataturk Boulevard in Altinkum

The route that parallels the waterfront links Didim with Altinkum. In addition to the Temple of Apollo, this contemporary town boasts a sizable commercial centre and a Saturday market. Even now just two of the 122 original columns remain; this was one of the largest temples in Ancient Greece and is still a striking sight.

Shopping in Altinkum

On the main road, there are three large supermarkets that sell both domestic and foreign commodities. Due to the low pricing on organic fruit and vegetables, there are two weekly markets that are held on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Main beach area is close to the Didim shopping centre. Didim’s central business district is home to stores, quaint eateries, and offices. Additionally, it serves as Altinkum’s primary commercial hub. Stores catering to local requirements rather than those of tourists. Additionally, it provides a window into Turkish daily life.

What are the restaurants in Altinkum like?

Altinkum has a wide variety of dining establishments. There are traditional Turkish restaurants (lokantas), but there are also foreign, Chinese, Indian, and Italian options to suit any palate. A number of the restaurants also provide evening activities including games, quizzes, and karaoke. There are family-friendly bars in the Second Beach region. With so many bars and eateries, Dolphin Square is the perfect place for a few drinks. Later on, a younger audience emerges to check out the nightclubs.

How do you get around Altinkum?

Altinkum does not require a car to get about. From the main town and all of the coastal regions, local buses (dolmus) run. Buses also go hourly to Soke, which is close by, and make stops at Mavisehir and the Apollo Temple. The otogar runs bus lines to the majority of locations in Turkey for lengthy distances. Izmir and Bodrum Airports don’t have direct bus lines; however inexpensive shuttle and private transports are offered by nearby tour operators.

Bodrum, from which it takes around an hour to transfer, is the nearest airport to use.

What areas are there in Altinkum?


Is a beautiful location in a popular residential area of Altinkum. Yesilkent is quite secluded and far from tourists because it has its own beaches. A few pubs, stores, and restaurants can be found in the hamlet, some of which are right on the beach, making it a pleasant place to spend your nights.


Is only a short drive away from Altinkum.  Mavisehir has charming, traditional-looking seashore with a tiny beach area that, in the summer, hosts a number of charming eateries and quaint bars. The open sea separating Turkey from its Greek neighbours is named Mavi (Blue) because of how blue the water is there. A fantastic night market is available where you can spend a pleasant evening shopping before going for gozleme ( a savory pancake) on the beach and watching the sun set.

Property for sale in Altinkum, Turkey

Buying property for sale in Altinkum, Didim, offers buyers superb value for money, a friendly resort with a great variety of amenities where there is something for everyone, whatever the budget.

It’s a great place to buy a Property in Turkey!!

What’s on in Altinkum throughout 2024!!

International Folklore Festival, Didim Fest – 23rd June till 28th June – 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.  

Altinkum Markets

WEDNESDAY: Fresh food and produce are available in the town centre.

SATURDAY: A variety of items are being sold in front of the main bus station.

SUNDAY: A new food market is set to open in Efeler Mah across from a brand-new medical facility.

Evening markets are located close to the Mavisehir resort on the outskirts of Altinkum. The night market is open to those who want to bargain and barter for one-of-a-kind products.

Things to do in Altinkum!

Altinkum Boat Trips

Siesta Boat Trips

Temple of Apollo in Didyma (Altinkum)

Why not visit the Temple of Apollo and take in the most breathtaking sights of the ancient remains if you’re interested in learning about Altinkum’s history?

Opening times for 2023

From April – October – 8am to 8pm

From November – March – 8am to 5pm

Priene/Miletos Museum

The historic city of Miletos is where you may find the Miletos Museum. It has both significant and modest historical discoveries. Along with items from the Didim Temple of Apollo, you will also find antiques from the ancient cities of Miletos and Priene.

Akkoy Local Village

Akkoy, located in Miletos City’s north district, is a remarkable village with a modest population of about 1400. It is the ideal location for rural tourism and offers a very traditional way of life.

Beaches in Altinkum

Altinkum, which means “Golden Sand,” is exactly what you will discover there. Altinkum’s beaches are extremely spectacular. The water in one bay is chilly and deep, the beach is like gold, and the lovely sea welcomes families with young children with its shallow waters. The beach is 1.5 kilometres long and is flanked by resort lodging, dining options, and bars. There are numerous water activities available, or you can simply unwind here.

Altinkum’s Aqua Park

A fantastic family water park is nearby and is easily reachable with the Dolmus local transportation service. Really, the whole family will have a terrific time on this outing.

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