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Altinkum is a beach holiday destination prefered mostly by British and Turkish travelers. Altinkum translates into Turkish as Golden Sand, as its golden color lies along the blue of the Aegean sea. It is located about two and a half hours (200 km) south of Izmir, one hour (70km) south of Kusadasi and one and a half hour (100km) north of Bodrum. Altinkum beach is part of Didim municipality and most of the Turks mention the area by its general name, Didim.

Starting in the late 1970s, Didim and Altinkum area became a holiday town for residents of Ankara, many of whom had their summer homes in Didim. In the late 1980s it was discovered by foreign holidaymakers.

When it comes to accomodation Didim and Altikum offers a large selection of hotels from cheap to luxury, guest houses and vacation rentals. Also, there are many cheap holiday packages from UK to Altinkum.

Altinkum like Gumbet, Ovacik and Kalkan is popular among tourists from UK who fell in love with the region and bought a second home or a retirement home in the area. There is even a local newspaper in English, restaurants and cafes serve English food and breakfast alongside Turkish food.

Altinkum offers basically a sun, sea, sand holiday where you can spend your days on the beach and go out at night. But if you want to rent a car or take a tour, there is so much to do in the region. Nearby you can visit the ancient Greek cities of Dydima,Priene, Miletus. Temple of Apollo is in Dydima at about 10 minutes car ride. You can also visit Kusadasi or Bodrum in a day trip. If you are interested in buying property in the area see Didim Properties

The easisest way to reach Altinkum is by air to Bodrum Milas airport and then you can either take public buses or use a private Bodrum Airport Transfer. You can also fly to Izmir airport though it is about 100 kilometers farther than Milas airport to Altinkum. Izmir Airport Transfer are also available in addition to buses that depart the main station.

Newly constructed Didim marina will accomodate the increasing need for a marina for mega yachts in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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