Altinkum, Didim – Turkey
Didim is now officially on the investment map worldwide, the main reason is the new marina, opened in 2009 by the Turkish prime minister for shipping traffic, now the largest in Turkey, with the capacity to take 1,200 vessels, wet and dry dock, the large commercial areas are due to open this season, with very high class designer and brand name outlets offering. Jewellery, sports wear, clothing, coffee shops, beach club bar restaurant, and yacht club, all within the setting and atmosphere expected in a marina environment.
The marina is also set to bring in many tourists from the neighbouring Greek Islands, as now the port of entry is fully operational, the tourism minister and the mayor of Didim have had meetings with the Greek authorities, the agreed boat trips both from and to Kos and Samos will start this season,
The marina is only one of the exciting tourism plans for the region, the Turkish government have designated this region as a tourist development area, and have proposals for golf courses, one of which is already agreed, and should start this year, which will make the area attractive to visit all year round, and of course increase the already buoyant rental market.
Included in the plans is to improve the road infrastructure, making the journey times shorter from both Bodrum and Izmir airport, which Didim is nicely located between, also improvements to local roads, this is already well underway, the new marina road is under construction, due for completion early this year.
What the area already has to offer you.
Didim is already a very popular holiday destination for all nationalities including Turkish and European, the area was first discovered by the city Turkish nationals as their preferred holiday destination, as it was the poorest most unspoilt coastal region on the west coast, with its beautiful natural sandy beaches and affordable property prices. With this being still popular with the Turkish, it keeps its Turkish feel, with a vast Varity of traditional restaurants and entertainment, but also embraces western cultures and what they look for when coming on holiday, so there is also an array of bars and restaurants offering the western atmosphere and cuisine to suit all ages and nationalities.. The resort of Altinkum within Didim is where it all happens, with clean European blue flag awarded beaches.
The main beach is where you will find a long promenade with every type of bar, restaurant, and many shops, it really comes alive at night, offering something for all age groups, you will find the locals very helpful and friendly, at the far end of the promenade is the small harbour for the daily tourist boat trips, these trips will take you around the beautiful coastline of the region, they stop in many bays and islands off the coast, to swim, snorkel, jump on a ringo, water ski or banana in one of the bays, this is a fantastic day out for all ages, prices from a little as £8 per day, including pick up and drop off and lunch.
From the marina the boat trips go to the Greek islands of Kos and Samos, this gives you a chance to visit another country whilst on holiday, it is a fast speed service taking under an hour.
Didim also has a water park, it is located just outside the town, there is a free shuttle bus service to and from the water park at regular intervals throughout the day, so easy to get to if you don’t have a rental car.
Also new to the area is the Go-Kart track, which is open all year round, and great fun for all the family.
If you are into history then within and surrounding Didim there are many historical sites to visit, the main site in Didim is the Apollo Temple, which is nearly 3000 years old, it is located at the top of the town, it is a very popular attraction, the area is soon to be closed to vehicles and will be accessible by pedestrians only, this area is the original old town of Didyma, plans to build a museum and cultural centre are being worked on, as still they are discovering more ruins and human remains outside the temple walls, so this is an area we need to protest for future visitors to enjoy.
Many other nearby historical sites such as Ephesus,Miletos,Priene and Pammukale to name a few are easy to visit, daily coach excursions are organised for these and many more tourist attractions you may want to enjoy whilst on holiday in Turkey.
Many British and European people are also coming to this region to settle on a permanent basis, it is fast becoming more popular than European destinations such as Spain, this is due to the very relaxed life style, friendly locals, cost of living, and of course the sunshine, the summers are long and winter is so short it is not noticeable, more like spring than winter.
Whether you are on holiday or looking to live on a permanent basis, the Turkish currency is very stable, and gives you around 2.4 Lira to the uk pound and 1.9 to the euro, so your money goes further.
The airports which service this area are Izmir International airport, approximately 2 hrs drive, flights from all over Europe all year round and Bodrum airport approximately 1 hours drive, many flight in the summer months from March, but not so many direct flights in the winter, this is due to change with the expansion of the airport due to be completed 2012.