Didim is the name given to the wider area that houses the holiday beach resort of Altinkum. Lying on the shore of the Aegen Sea, it is surrounded by the villages of Torba, Türkbükü and Yalıkavak. As Turkey's most prominent tourist destination Didim has a wide variety of hotels and other accommodation available.
Altinkum translates as 'Golden Sands' and has been given this name for its splendid beaches. The coastline wraps around Altinkum Bay providing two beaches, one at either end of the town. Both are wide and sloping, safe for families with children and ideal for those who want to sunbathe. The sea is warm and blue and suitable for watersports such as windsurfing or for those who fancy taking out a pedalo. The beaches are well served by cafes, restaurants and even vendors walking up and down so you don't even have to leave your sun bed if you want a drink! There is an area known as 'Third Beach' which is reported to be smaller but more peaceful than the main two.
Sixty kilometres from Bodrum is the pretty village of Çomakdağ. It is a traditional Turkish village which has preserved its culture and traditions. Take a trip here to witness the stunning houses and incredible silk weavings which decorate shops and people throughout the village. The restaurants in Çomakdağ are highly recommended for the traditional cuisine including a local delicacy called çaymaka. The best way to get to Çomakdağ from Altinkum is to hire a car and drive or join an organised bus tour.
Known as "Cotton Castle" in English, Pammukale is a World Heritage Site in Denizli Province. Home to hot springs full of effervescent water, it is a natural wonder like no other. Due to the calcium filled craters and pools, Pammukale has become renowned as a curing centre for skin and digestive ailments. It is a popular choice as a day trip from Altinkum.
Bodrum is another popular tourist resort in Turkey that is highly recommended for a day out. It has a marina which is home to plenty of yachts and boats as well as a maritime museum. Cafes and bars line the harbour and are a lovely place to enjoy the sunset. The cosmopolitan centre boasts a whole street of bars and charming boutique shops. From Bodrum you can catch a boat to the Greek island of Kos. It is about 90 minutes from Altinkum either by coach trip or hiring a car in Altinkum.