Didim maintains the status of a popular small resort town on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Situated on the opposing side of the Gulf of Gulluk from the Bodrum Peninsula, the town features a fabulous view of the sea, making it a popular vacation spot during the summer months, heightening tourism as its main source of income. Also home to an ancient city of Didyma, Didim is an attractive historical destination for a variety of ancient sites, from the Temple of Apollo to the antique ruins of Miletus near the town of Balat. Nearby Bodrum, about 75 miles overland distance to the south, and Kusadasi, 48 miles to the north, both offer pleasant diversions while vacationing in the area.
Derived from the ancient city of Didyma, which is sited near the modern location of the coastal town, Didim is home to a colorful history, dating back to ancient times. Didyma, a Greek name meaning "twin," was the home of the Temple of Apollo, the Greek god of many facets and attributes, including music, poetry, medicine, healing, prophecy, and light. In addition to being a true god, born of Zeus and Leto, Apollo claimed a twin sister, Artemis, the chaste goddess of the hunt. After Delphi, Didyma was held in the highest regard as an oracle temple during the Hellenic era. Today, the Temple of Apollo and the ancient site of Didyma welcome visitors from all over the world.
Not far from Didim is another city of ancient Greece, Miletus, offering a variety sites where vacationers can take a day trip. At once, Miletus was renowned as the wealthiest and largest of Grecian cities before its downfall with the Persian invasion in the 6th century BC. Historically, this antique city was settled near the mouth of the Maeander River. Today, the ruins are located near the town of Balat, about 20 miles north of Didim.
Didim Beaches Image: Bruno Girin (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
With clear blue waters and attractive beaches, Didim is a celebrated coastal resort destination for many travelers from all over the world. Warm sunny days throughout the year, even during the winter months, offer visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy the clear waters and sands of the Aegean Sea as well as the variety of popular water sports and sun bathing. Because the town was in such an ideal location, many people from the nearby larger cities ventured to build and buy vacation homes and residences along the coast of Didim.
Didim Hotels & Resorts
Didim Hotels & Resorts
As a well known coastal resort, Didim offers a selection of inviting hotels and resorts, including Hotel Burak, set in a convenient location for shopping and entertainment, as well as visiting the sandy shores, all just steps away; Saadet Hotel, a mid range hotel with a vision of quality, smiles, and satisfaction; The Caprice Thermal Hotel, a beautiful elaborate resort with a variety of comfortable accommodations and amenities; and Didim Beach Resort (pictured), a modern spa and resort with a lively atmosphere that welcomes many couples and families.