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Area Guide

ABOUT ALTINKUM 

Arriving into the resort of Altinkum you will see straight away where it gets its name from. Altinkum means golden sands and has several gloriously sandy beaches which gently shelve in the warm Aegean Sea .Located about 70km form Bodrum airport this up and coming resort has everything to offer the holiday maker or resident whilst maintaining its definite Turkish feel.

Altinkum is situated between two International Airports for easy access and surrounded by 55km/34 miles of coastline, 11 Blue Flagged Beaches with English spoken widely. Didim is a lively and popular resort on the Aegean coast with its wonderful golden beaches.
The climate is fabulous between April to October, there is a growing ex-patriot community resident year round, and the government are supporting tourism in the area by ongoing improvements to local infrastructure like providing pedestrian walkways by the beach, new roads, drainage and community buildings.

The new D-Marin built to the West of Altinkum is the largest marina on the Aegean coast. Include mooring for 623 yachts, a shopping mall, customs and heliport it has created increased interest in the area and continues to push land and property prices up making this the ideal time to buy in the areas of Didim , Altinkum and Akbuk.

ABOUT AKBUK

The working fishering town of Akbuk is nestled between a crystal clear and tranquil bay and majestic mountains and pine forests. The resort looks out of the crystal clear aegean, with two small islands, making the view truly spectacular. Its Just a 15 minute drive from well know holiday resort Altinkum, and under 90 minutes from Bodrum Airport.
Akbuk used to be known as just a small fishing port where the fishermen would go to catch delicious Aegean Sea bass. Today, However, Akbuk is rapidly growing into an elite tourist resort with its holiday complexes as well as summer houses, villas, harbour, and five star hotels.

Akbuk has a good range of shops and markets selling food, produce, tools and hardware. There are doctors, dentists, schools and a bus station with regular services going to all of the neighbouring towns including Altinkum, Soke, Kusadasi and Bodrum. The local market on a Friday is a magnet for locals and tourists a like.

Akbuk is also have the highest oxygen ratio and lowest humidity rate in Turkey. This would make Akbuk the perfect location for buying property for people suffering from health problems such as Asthma, Rheumatism & Diabetes. As the doctor’s recommend tol ive in Akbuk area. The sea and mountain views surrounding Akbuk are breathtaking and the sea breezes and soft sandy beaches are perfect for a hot summer’s day. Combined with the local cuisine available and the never failing hospitality from the locals, Akbuk will leave a lasting impression on those who visit.

Akbuk is not as well known yet as resorts as Kusadasi or Bodrum, but has all potential to become a luxury resort. It still maintains ots definite Turkish feel, whilst being welcoming the new British residents.The tranquil and countless beaches, with characteristic bars and bistro’s along the quaint harbour will make you enjoy exquisite Turkey. High builds are not allowed in Akbuk. You will see beautifully designed villas and houses and most property available is within walking distance of the beautiful beaches and most of the infrastructure is in place already. As this town is rapidly developing, property prices are fairly low and would be considered a good investment. The town of Akbuk has been mentioned several times in the last few years. Now its potential has been spotted, this resort will grow in stature and value

ABOUT BODRUM

Bodrum has a definitive Greek in fluence to it, made obvious by the masses of white washed cube houses on the hill sides. The resort is only 30 minutes from the airport and is dominated by its spectacular St peters castle. Considered by many to be the most cosmopolitan resort, Bodrum offers very high standards in dining, shopping and entertainment. The marina is as impressive during the day as it is at night with an array of quality restaurants lying along the marina. Walk along the marina and see the array of millionaires yachts mixed with the traditional Turkish gullets. Bar Street bustles after dark with one of the liveliest nightlife’s in Turkey! It’s also home to the famous Halikarnas nightclub.

In Bodrum you have all the major supermarkets; there is the oasis shopping centre where you will find the cinema.

The Bodrum peninsula also includes sleepy villages such as Yalikavak, Bitez, Gumbet, Gumusluk and Gulluk, all of which are developing into resorts in their own right.

Getting there During the summer months may – oct all uk tour operators offer flights to Bodrum airport. In the winter, fly to Istanbul and change or fly direct to izmir.

ABOUT KUSADASI

Kusadasi, which translates as Bird Island, is now considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan resorts in the whole country. The drive through the mountains provides spectacular views over the bustling port.
The aegean provides a sparkling backdrop to the extensive marina which curls along the resort. Now a major stopping place for major cruise liners, Kusadasi’ s upmarket marina area is home to many fine restaurants and boutiques.
It has the famous ladies beach, just a short bus journey away from the resort centre and accomodation is of the highest standard.
Those of you looking for a lively nightlife will not be disappointed, with many restaurants and bars crowding the bar street area. The resort is bustling, and provides everything a visitor or resident should need.
All the major supermarkets have stores here and there is a twice weekly local market, packed full of local produce and souveniers. Kusadasi is also only a few minutes drive away from the ancient roman city of Ephesus. There are also two of the biggest waterparks in Turkey located on the doorstep!

ABOUT KALKAN

Kalkan is a place to fall in love with …

A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan has not been touched by mass tourism.  More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travelers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne.  The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.”

Because of its great charm, Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who say the town is the only holiday destination they would choose to visit repeatedly.  There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan along Turkey’s coast.

Kalkan curls snuggly around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains.  (Read more about the geography of the region at our Lycia website.The town overlooks a beautiful bay in which islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea.  Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows situated alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants in historic buildings.  Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere.

WHY IS KALKAN SO SPECIAL?

Not only is Kalkan beautiful, but unlike other Turkish coastal resort towns Kalkan’s main economy is tourism and therefore its citizens put much pride and effort into the town’s historic preservation.  Because of this, Kalkan has retained the texture of its history by protecting its distinctive (it was once an Ottoman Greek and Turkish fishing village).  Very strict building codes keep the town small and architecturally blended with the historic heart of the town known as “Old Kalkan”.

Besides the famous “Kalkan Style” historic architecture, the many excellent restaurants of Kalkan contribute to the special atmosphere within Kalkan.  Good dining has always been the way of life in Kalkan and continues today.  In fact, Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants and bars per inhabitant or square meter on the Turkish coast (over 100 of them!).  Additionally, Kalkan is especially renowned in Turkey for its numerous roof terrace restaurants and bars which offer a wonderful view of the town, sea and stars.  It’s also nice to sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants and watch the pleasure boats and fishermen leave early in the morning as you eat your breakfast, or see the fishing boats return with the day’s catch in the evening.

There is lots to do during the day and nightlife is fun, but laid-back. You won’t find noisy, wild nightlife here, like in some other coastal resorts.

Kalkan has many fine qualities, but without a doubt, it is the people of Kalkan who make the town extra special.

The people of Kalkan warmly welcome you, and you may at first be surprised by the universal friendliness within the town.  This, along with warm Turkish hospitality is the basis of life here and the people of Kalkan sincerely enjoy getting to know their guests.  So don’t hesitate to accept one of the many tulip-shaped glasses of çay (tea) you will be offered while you amble along Kalkan’s winding streets.  You won’t be hassled while you are a guest of Kalkan – the town is hassle-free and is proud to be so. You will find a mixed population here, consisting of locals, some Istanbul Turks and Turks from other cities who have made So, “Hoş Geldiniz!” – we extend a warm welcome to you from Kalkan and look forward to meeting you soon.

Kalkan their home and own small businesses, as well as a small number of well-educated foreigners who have settled in the town.