Mini guide to Didim
Didim is located 75kms south of Kusadasi on Turkey's Aegean coastline. The town
offers an amazing mix of attractions, from stunning beaches, to a wonderful array
of well preserved historical sights.
Among the most important sights in the area is the Temple of Apollo, which
was constructed beginning in the 4th century BC. For many years, the temple
was only open to soothsaying priests who would come from far and wide to perform
sacrifices and obtain omens about future events. The temple rivals the scale
of the Parthenon, and features over a hundred columns and an eerie underground
system of tunnels from which answers to the priests' questions would be produced.
The town nearest to the temple is Altikum, located on a stunning beach only
a short distance away. There are several guesthouses which provide accommodation
and facilitate access to the nearby historical sites. Akbuk is another beachside
town with a resort and some nice hotels.
Near Didim is Priene, which was once a founding city of Ionia, and was well
known in antiquity as the religious and political capital of the region. The
city was abandoned when flooding filled the harbour. A city of similar fate,
Miletus (now eight kilometres from the sea), is another ancient Ionian city
that was once among the busiest ports of the Greek Empire.
Here, a Greco-Roman theatre with a capacity of near 15,000 is remarkably well
preserved. There are some interesting carvings at the harbour monument, and
the Baths of Faustina are certainly worth a look. Kusadasi is the nearest cosmopolitan
city, and is the most easily accessed place in the region.
Didim is not served by public transportation from Kusadasi. However, you can
connect in Soke to reach Didim. Kusadasi is a main cruise stopover, and is not
far from Selcuk (railway connections) or Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, 80kms
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