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Didim/Altinkum

The ever-popular resort of Didim blends picture-book coves and perfect beaches with a bustling harbour where you can dine in style and shop till you drop in the colourful local market. Dominating the town are the stupendous remains of The Temple of Apollo, a masterpiece of Ionian architecture whose grand columns still stand 2,000 years after they were first erected. Didim coastal region boasts many of the well known tourist attractions; Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House, Pamukkale, waterparks, shopping and many popular markets. The area has developed into a lively destination with plenty to do night and day which is why we have choosen accommodation to suit all tastes, both near to popular centres and a just outside for a slightly quieter life style.
Altinkum is one of the most beautiful resorts located on the western coast of Turkey next to the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Altinkum, which means “Golden Sands”, has a vast amount of blue flag, sandy beaches with turquoise coloured, shallow waters. Altinkum is within easy driving distance of a number of stunning sights including Bafa Lake and Apollon Temple. It is a bustling, energetic Turkish town with a real Asian feel.
Altinkum’s central location means it is easy to visit surrounding popular holiday towns and villages in the area, for example; Akbuk, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris and many more!
If you are considering buying property in Turkey, Altinkum has much to offer. It has a thriving tourist industry and has benefited economically from many visitors it receives each year. Money has been ploughed into a new hospital, improved roads and a vast array of local amenities. 


Akbuk

Akbuk, meaning white bay, is an area of great beauty surrounded by olive groves, pine forests, mountains and a lovely calm bay with crystal clear waters. Not so well known, or as lively as its neighbour Altinkum, the town offers a peaceful and quiet location, but still with its fair share of bars, restaurants and shops. Located on the south west Aegean, Akbuk was originally a small fishing village and a favourite holiday destination for Turkish city dwellers, who come to relax and take advantage of the fantastic sunsets and stunning scenery. It is also one of the healthiest places in Turkey, with the lowest humidity and the highest oxygen ratio, and with local fishmen selling their daily catch of the day in the harbour, and the Friday market for fresh fruit and vegetables, you are able to eat heathily as well. The harbour is also where you can find a variety of boat trips to nearby beaches and coves, or a ferry to the busy resort of Altinkum. The dolmus bus runs regularly to the nearby town of Didim and the resort of Altinkum, which will cost less than £1 and take 20 minutes. Transfer to Bodrum airport takes just under an hour, but the proposed road which will cut straight through the mountain, will reduce this to just 25 minutes. Other local attractions include the Temple of Apollo, the Aquapark, or there are coach trips available to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, Pamukkale (known in Turkey as 'cotton castle', the eight wonder of the world), or the famous Milas market. Akbuk is a much loved region by both foreign and local tourists.  

Akbuk ground is fairly level, making it perfect for building, and it has a building restriction that only bungalows or two storey properties can be constructed.


     Bafa Lake

Bafa is a lake situated in southwest Turkey, part of it within the boundaries of Milas district of Muğla Province and the northern part within Aydın Province's Söke district. The lake used to be a gulf of the Aegean Sea until the Classical period, when the sea passage was gradually closed by the alluvial mass brought by Büyük Menderes River. The gulf, and later the lake, was named Latmus in antiquity.
Lake Bafa covers an area of 7,000 hectares and is a listed bird sanctuary, where over 255 species of bird can be found. The southern shore of the lake is traced by the highway connecting İzmir-Kuşadası-Söke to towns such as Milas and Bodrum that are situated in the south. The northern shore of the lake, where steep slopes are covered by wild or semi-domesticated olive trees, is virtually untouched to this day.  At the innermost north-east tip of the lake is the village of Kapıkırı, as well as the ruins of Heraclea by Latmus (sometimes called Heraclea in Ionia), to distinguish from other ancient Greek sites named Heraclea. The mountain chain of Beşparmak (Dağları) -also named (Latmus) in antiquity- rises on the back, sheltering the non-restored ruins of a dozen monasteries dating from the Byzantine era on its slopes. Yet another monastery is situated on an islet on the lake just across the village. The village of Kapıkırı has recently developed important facitilies catering to visiting tourists, although agriculture and fishing still occupies an important part in its economy.
According to the legend, it was here that the goddess Selene fell in love with the shepherd Endymion and she asked Zeus to keep the young shepherd in perpetual sleep and bore up to fifty children from her nightly encounters with the sleeping young man.