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Didim is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey. It is situated on Turkey's south west Aegean coast in the Aydin Province. Golden sandy beaches await you in Didim but this is not just a seaside resort, as a lot of agriculture is carried out here and the area is particularly noted for its production of wheat and cotton although today tourism is the number one industry as Didim really does have everything to make your holiday go with a swing.
There are three airports in Turkey serving Didim. The nearest to the resort is Bodrum International Airport with a transfer journey of 95 kilometres, Dalaman International Airport has a transfer journey of 120 kilometres whilst Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport is the farthest away from Didim with a transfer journey of some 150 kilometres.
Most of the major airlines operate flights to Turkey including Easyjet, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines. Flight duration from the UK varies between four and five hours and depends on which UK airport you depart from. Do remember to check your passport as the Turkish authorities require visitors from the UK to hold a passport that is valid for at least three months before their trip for them to enter Turkey.
Transfer from the airport of your choice is relatively easy as there are numerous taxis and coaches for hire outside the airport, however, negotiate with the driver the price for the journey before you set off. Package holidaymakers will be met at the airport by a representative from their tour company who will escort them on a coach to their accommodation. Didim really caters for everyone as there are deluxe hotels, pensions and a variety of self catering apartments and villas.
The beach is a long stretch of golden sand, ideal to crash out on a sun bed to unwind and relax, however, there are lots of water sports available for the energetic holidaymaker. Windsurfing, jet skis, parasailing, canoeing, banana boat rides just to name a few of the activities. Snorkelling and scuba diving are equally popular but do remember to pay attention to your instructor if you have never dived before. After a hectic day on your sun bed, hop on a dolmus in the late afternoon to the nearby town of Akbük which is an interesting little town where you can sit on the beach to enjoy the magnificent sun set.
The dolmus is a Turkish mini bus which provide a frequent service to various locations throughout the area. The drivers are most accommodating and will stop anywhere to collect more passengers providing there is room on their bus, however, they never forget to collect a fare even when the bus is packed. Travelling around is not a problem as there are organised tours to all of the attractions and the local taxi drivers are quite happy to take you where you wish to go after you have agreed a price with them.
You will not be hungry on this holiday as the choice of restaurants in Didim is superb. There is everything from traditional Turkish food to Chinese restaurants and the local wines are very good as is the Raki a Turkish aniseed drink. The night life in Didim is hectic with a variety of clubs and bars and there is live music in the bars located at the beach.
There are several archaeological sites to visit including the Temple of Apollo and the Artemis Temple both on the outskirts of the town. Pamukkale is an incredible place and was once the eighth wonder of the world and you can bathe in the pools of water which legend has it healing powers. The ruins at Ephesus are really well preserved and provide an insight into life in old Roman times and you will have a fascinating visit here.
Shopping in Didim is superb with a large variety of shops selling leather goods, designer wear, souvenirs, ceramics, carpets, spice and jewellery. Gold jewellery in Turkey is extremely good value and the designs are very unusual and attractive. Haggling is an expected part of shopping here and it can be very entertaining bartering with a shopkeeper or market stall holder. As a guide to the art of haggling you must remember to be fair and if you aim for roughly 30% off the asking price you will have a bargain, however, the canny shopper will compare the price for the same item at two or three other places before actually buying anything.
After all that haggling and retail therapy, how about relaxing at one of the Turkish Baths. The baths are rather grand with their tiled walls and a variety of rooms. You can choose which ever room you wish to but if you move from warm rooms to hotter ones and then have a body scrub you will feel extremely clean. You can also have a relaxing massage with soap and this really does help you to unwind. Following your bath, sit and have a refreshing cup of apple tea or Turkish coffee such luxury.
Visitors to Didim return on a regular basis to enjoy all the facilities this welcoming place has to offer sun, sea, relaxation and a hectic night life. The choice is yours, so enjoy.