- Things to do in Didim
Didim, formerly known as Yenihisar, is a touristic district of Aydın. It is in the form of a peninsula bordered by Muğla provincial border in the east, Güllük Bay and Akbük Bay, the Aegean Sea in the west and south, Bafa Lake and the Menderes River in the north. Its area is 402 km². According to the census results of 2020, there are 16 neighborhoods in the district where 90,427 people live.
Here are the 5 best things to do in Didim
You can visit Altınkum. Altinkum is the area where local and foreign tourists show the most interest in Didim. The reason for this interest is Altınkum’s perfect beach awarded with a blue flag. The first thing to do is to enjoy the clear sea in sapphire tones on this completely public beach and free of charge. There are sunbeds, umbrellas and WC services on Altınkum beach. Although there is no private beach option in the area, there are private piers. In addition, recreational vehicles such as jetski and banana can be used on the beach. If you wish, you can choose the bays around Altinkum to swim. Bay1, Bay2 and Bay3 located at the beginning of the coastline are quieter places compared to Altınkum. Cennet Köy beach, which can be reached by continuing from the end of the beach, is another suitable alternative to cool off. Thanks to the centers that provide diving training, you can dive with or without scuba. There are diving training centers in many different parts of Didim such as Mavişehir and Akbük, especially Altınkum.
You can see many peddlers selling the famous figs of the region on Atatürk Boulevard, which connects Altinkum and Didim center. As you can taste the figs and black mulberry sherbet of the region, you can eat different tastes in fish restaurants and Chinese restaurants located on the same boulevard. Altinkum beach is also quite fun and enjoyable at night. You can have fun in beach clubs and discos on the coastline, you can choose bars, cafes and restaurants or you can walk on the beach.
If you wish, you can also participate in festivals and festivities organized in Didim. Writers Festival, held between July and August, and the Peace Festival held on September 1, are among the top organizations of Didim.
You can visit areas with touristic value such as Akbük, Apollon Temple, Akköy, Milet Ancient City, Priene Ancient City and Bafa Lake National Park with minibuses departing from the bus station in the center of Didim. You can cool off and sunbathe in the tranquil bays of Akbuk, swim in Lake Bafa or go on a boat tour on the lake. You can buy materials such as olives, olive oil, tobacco, figs, strawberries, jam, molasses, village wine from Akköy, visit ancient cities and take many photos while witnessing history.
Shopping alternatives are very rich on the beach. One of these alternatives is Didyma Shopping Center. Among those that can be purchased, there are many options such as jewelery, accessories, furniture and textile products unique to Didim.
How to get to Didim?
There are two airport alternatives for transportation to Didim by air. Milas Bodrum Airport is 75 km away from Didim. Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is 150 km away from Didim. Also, there are regular public bus and minibus services from Aydın center, Kuşadası and Söke to Didim. Intercity buses departing from Izmir serve on the Söke-Didim route.