Amazing Aegean! Turkey's South Coast Has Something For Everyone
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From Bodrum in the south to Izmir in the north this has so much more to offer than just golden beaches; though there are plenty of these for anyone looking for a perfect beach holiday.
AIPP members Let’s Group share with us their unique local knowledge of this stunning area…
The area is very accessible being served by 2 airports Bodrum (BJV) and Izmir (ADB). As a small company we specialise in the Didim, Altinkum, Akbuk area which is just 1 hour from Bodrum airport or 1.5 hours from Izmir airport. Altinkum (Golden Sands) is the busiest resort in the area with a long sandy beach and many smaller sandy bays.
Akbuk is a smaller more laidback resort surrounded by mountains and with amazing sunsets.
As well as what is on offer for beach lovers the area offers a wealth of historic and religious sites. This is partly due to the various groups that have occupied the area over 1000s of years including the Romans and the Greeks. The final change being the population exchange in 1924 following the Turkish War of Independence when many villages such as Doğanbey and Şirince had the Greek population forced to move. Today there is a museum at Doğanbey and Şirince is known for selling many local fruit wines.
Altinkum has the Apollo Temple with the Sacred Road that winds for 16 -18 Km to Miletus which is another amazing site to visit with the ruins of a 25,000seat theatre and behind this a ruined town. Miletus was also a sacred destination for Christians for being the location of one of St. Paul’s visits on his third missionary journey, mentioned in the Bible.
The area also offers a great deal for nature lovers with its diverse range of flora and fauna and is ideal for birdwatching being on the migratory route in spring and autumn of many birds. There are many areas to recommend for this but 2 of the best are the local national parks of Bafa Lake and the Dilek Peninsula.
Haven of Tranquillity
Just 30 minutes for Altinkum and Akbuk is Bafa Lake, about 5 x 12 Km in size, with the spectacular backdrop of the Latmos mountains; Bafa is a haven of tranquillity. If your interest is angling, bird watching, hiking ancient mountain trails to see romantic ruins or prehistoric rock art, or simply relaxing on a secluded beach away from the modern world, it’s all here.
The lakeside village of Kapikiri, is built amongst the ruins of the ancient Carian port town of Heracleia. There is an amazing range of things to see from the castle and the Carian rock tombs at the water’s edge to the ancient city walls, monastery, pre-historic cave paintings, Christian frescos and watch towers that go up the slopes of the Latmos mountains.
The Dilek Milli Park/peninsula is another place to visit, visit the Cave of Zeus and then enjoy the beaches, hiking paths and the wide variety of flora and fauna. Dilek Peninsula National Park covers 10.985 hectare and is situated near Davutlar in the province of Aydin (Aydın) about a 1 hour drive from the Didim area. This mountainous land is divided by canyons and valleys. Dilek Peninsula includes sandy and pebbled beaches, high cliffs and coastal formations.
Whether you like hiking on mountain trails of lying on a beach the national park has something for everyone with 804 distinct species of plants, 256 bird species, and a large variety of mammals, reptiles, and marine life. There are walking trails, stunning views, coves for swimming and forests and, on a clear day, you can see the Greek island of Samos.
Pebble Beach Dilek National Park
Take a deeper dive into Altinkum and Akbuk
This is just a small selection of the amazing things on offer in this area of Turkey and property prices are still some of the best value in Turkey. We’d love to be able to welcome you so you can see what the area has to offer and we would be happy to show you a range of property to meet your budget.
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