My Turkish Home covers the Didim Peninsula and Akbuk Bay, located on Turkey’s Aegean coast. The area is proving to be exceptionally popular with people looking to relocate permanently to warmer climes within Turkey, or back to Turkey from overseas. It is also a well trodden holiday destination, being brilliantly served by two major international airports – Bodrum (BJV) and Izmir (ADB).
Didim, Yenihisar – Didim is the main ‘downtown’ area of Didim, incorporating the town centre, markets, larger supermarkets, council offices, banks and main administration centres. Didim is an extremely busy, year round area that is improving in looks on an almost daily basis. Grotty old buildings are being demolished to make way for swanky new ones, waste grounds are being sold for millions of lira and filled with moden residential and office blocks, big brand names (eg, Kipa, Ozsut, MacDonalds, Burger King) are making their presence felt. To really understand how Didim represents investment potential, Didim itself needs to be better understood.
Altinkum – the main beach area of Didim, which during the summer is the main focus of the town, but slows down and becomes the domain of the residents again during the winter months. Popular areas within Altinkum include Marina/Third Beach, Second Beach, Camlik, Meltem, Efeler. Once Altinkum and tourism was the one and only source of income for the area. Its popularity is now allowing the town to take itself off into other directions and other investment opportunities.
Yesilkent – a peninsula on a peninsula, Yesilkent is a sought after area of primarily low rise villas, with a smattering of its own beaches, fantastic sandy beach and rocky walking, breathtaking views, peace and quiet and a true haven from the main busy resort.
Akbuk Bay – Akbuk is about 15km from Didim, and is its own municipality. This little fishing village has become an increasingly popular holiday and second home destination for people of many nationalities, combining a simple, unpoilt charm with easy access to the main resort.
Mavisehir – legend has it that the air in Mavisehir contains an increased level of ions that makes it an ideal place for those looking to revitalise a flagging health! I have yet to find any official data to support this, but certainly the famous sunsets and invigorating sea breezes can only lift the spirits and restore well being. Mavisehir is also known for its night market during the summer months.