Altınkum, Didim – Aydın – Turkey

GPS : 37°21’11.7″N 27°16’54.2″E / 37.353260, 27.281719

Altınkum Sığlık Lighthouse
GPS : 37°20’59.3″N 27°16’41.2″E / 37.349811, 27.278124
Focal Plane : 5 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : W.Fl.(2)5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.4+0.6+0.4+3.6
Visibility Range : 3 nautical miles

Altınkum or “golden sands” is a resort town in western Turkey, 123 km from Aydın. It is on the Aegean Sea, nearby the ancient Temple of Apollo and the ruins of the Ionian city of Didyma (Didim).

Altınkum or Skrophes Bay or Karakuyu is a popular resort and a an excellent place to leave the yacht for a visit to Didyma. Anchor in the NW corner in 3 – 4 m on sand. Good holding and shelter from the meltemi. The shore lies to the south, it provides sheltering from northerlies. The bottom is sand and relatively clear. Westerly blowing winds are predominant. Breeze usually blows between west and northwest.

Caution :Care is needed for the sea-level reefs running out about 400 meters from the pier on the west.

Do not approach directy to the pier on the west. Take route towards the middle, leave the reefs on your port side then alter your course to the port. Custom building stands behind the pier. This pier is for tripper boats, it gets very crowded especially in summer.

We suggest boats either to go to D-Marin or drop anchor in front of the beach and swing. Nights are noisy especially in summer because of holiday makers. Water gets cold in some parts, there are underground water sources and circulations.

Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops (Didim)
Technical Equipment Shops (Didim)
Beach : Altınkum, Cennet Koyu, Marina Beach
Health : Dentists Clinic (Didim), Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Special Shopping : Strawberries
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs, Pubs
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Bank ATM
Hair dresser
Public Market : Thursday
Diving : Kömür Adası, Akbük, Saplı Ada



Ancient Didyma
The Hellenistic Ionic temple of Apollo at Didyma is very large, impressive, and in good preservation. Here was an oracle of Apollo, the most renowned in antiquity after the oracle of Delphi. A must see site. The famous Apollon Temple at Didyma is worth visiting. All provisions can be found in the town.

Altınkum and Didim (previously Didyma or Yenihisar) is surrounded by a number of ancient sites, most notably, the Apollo Temple, located on the outskirts of Didim. The main temple was built in the 8th century B.C., was surrounded by columns at the beginning of the 6th century B.C. and completed around 550 B.C.

According to some sources, “Didyma” translates as “twin”. It refers to the twin God and Goddess, Apollo and Artemis, who were born here. Didyma was originally home to a pre-Greek religious group of nomads that grew up around a sacred wood and holy spring. This natural spring was the place where Leto conceived and gave birth to the twins Artemis and Apollo who were fathered by Zeus.

The town of Didim takes its name from the ancient site of Didyma. Never actually a city, Didyma is a very impressive archaeological site all the same and was used for pilgrimages and religious worship by the Ionions who built most of the structures in the 11th century BC. The history of the place goes back even further than that though because it’s believed there has been a shrine at this site for hundreds of years before the Ionions came.

This Temple of Apollo, who the Ionions were worshipping, is still impressive and large despite having crumbled due to earthquakes. As you enter the site, look out for the fallen head of Medusa that’s become the unofficial symbol and mascot of Didyma.

Miletus and Priene
Only a short distance from the beaches of Altinkum you’ll come across two more ancient archaeological sites, Miletus and Priene, both of which have something a little different to offer to the other. These are within a short drive of Didim and Altınkum.

Of course the prize archaeological site in this part of Turkey is the ancient city of Ephesus. If you’re thinking you’ve seen one ancient city so all others will be the same – think again. From the towering façade of the Library, to the immense amphitheatre, and its long city streets, Ephesus is well worth a visit.

Altınkum – Didyma 4 km, İzmir 140 km, Bodrum Aiport 110 km
Minibus : Altınkum – Didim, Kuşadası, Söke, Bodrum.
Bus : Didim – Söke, Altınkum, Kuşadası, Milas, Bodrum.
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport

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Altınkum Mahallesi, Aydın Cd., 09270 Didim/Aydın, Turkey

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