Altinkum/Didim (ancient Didyma) is situated in Turkey’s Aydin Province between Bodrum and Kusadasi. They are best known as home to Temple of Apollo. The towns home over 37,000 including many resident Brits and Europeans. Although the area, like much of the coast, is heavily reliant on tourism, it also farms wheat, cotton and citrus fruits. Didim Region boasts long sandy beaches with clear blue waters ideal for water-sports or a quick dip to cool off during the long hot summer days.
Didim/Altinkum was originally a popular property location with Istanbul and Ankara city folk who fell in love with its charm buying land and summer holiday homes. The past 15 years have seen a lot of development and property prices have risen. Foreigners how have a great choice of apartments and villa’s suiting most tastes and budgets starting from c£30,000.
Since 2000 many Brits and Europeans have bought properties in Didim/Altinkum lured by the affordable price tags, superb beaches, entertainment options and laid back lifestyle
Didim town has a good mix of modern amenities, ex-pat bars, international restaurants and facilities sat alongside Turkish lokantas (restaurants), street side kebab stalls and mini-markets. The area has developed a strong English community, so much so that household bills are now printed in English as well as Turkish! It’s easy for a foreigner to live in Didim. But it’s not all Union Jacks and English breakfasts, Didim also homes the fabulous $50 million Didim D-Marin Marina, opened in 2009 with berths for all manner of boats and yachts (8m-50m), dry docks, a shopping mall, fancy restaurants and a yacht club. This has attracted the sailors and yacht owners to buy up properties in the region and pused tourism in the area considerably. Properties in Didim/Altinkum start at around £30,000.