About the location
Didim, the old name Didyma, is situated on the N shore of Gulluk Korfezzi Bay and across from the Bodrum peninsula.
Starting from 1980s Didim became very popular among the residents of big cities of Turkey, such as Ankara, Istanbul. They have been buying homes here ever since. The town consists, mainly, of recently built villas, cottages and apartments. The most widespread signboards that you see in the streets are those of pharmacies and real estate agencies.
In 2009 one of the largest yacht marinas in Turkey, D-Marin Didim Marina, was opened here. Since then it has become popular among yachtsmen, the owners of motor and sailing yachts. Quite often yachts are left for wintering in D-Marin.
In Didim the number of sunny days in a year is unusually high for this area and winters are warm. Water is very clean, and beaches are composed of pebbles. It all creates perfect conditions for engaging in water sports on the outskirts of the town. Diving and windsurfing are popular. In Didim itself there are a lot of entertaining things to do: amusement centers, night clubs, restaurants, a waterpark.Archeological findings point out that the area in Didim district had been populated during the Neolithic period. The town of Didyma, the colony of Crete and Mycenae, had emerged in the ancient times; afterwards, it became a part of the Byzantine Empire, and in 1086 it became a part of Turkey. In 1955 it was destroyed by an earthquake and renamed into Yenihisar. But with the development of tourist industry, the town recovered its original antique name Didim.
D-Marin VHF 72. http://www.d-marin.com/. Phone. +90256838081
The marina’s employees will meet you from their boat, direct you to the anchoring berth and help you mooring.
A great shelter from any wind. Very popular among yachtsmen in terms of yacht wintering on water.
Service, provisions at the dock
There is water and electricity on the dock. The marina has a lavatory, a shower, Internet, a self-service laundry.
Fuel station, wastewater disposal system.
Travel-hoist, major types of repairs can be arranged.
There is a grocery store “Carrefour” next to the marina. There is a restaurant and a bar inside the marina. A lot of shops, cafes and restaurants in Didim.
Port of entry
Didyma is a port of entry. Document processing in the marina.
What to look for
In the ancient times Didyma used to be popular due to the fact that according to an old Greek legend, twins Apollo and Artemis were born here (a word didyma means “a twin”). And temples were built in their honor: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Temple of Apollo at Didyma. The latest has been preserved till today and has become a very popular tourist spot. The Temple of Apollo is surrounded by souvenir shops, small hotels and restaurants.
What and where to eat
Didyma is famous for making traditional sweets, and you have to try it. Markets work one day a week, and there you can buy absolutely everything: from food, clothes, and textiles to spices and souvenirs.
You can get to Didim from the airports of Bodrum and Izmir, and from there you can either take a transit bus or rent a car. Some agencies offer a transfer from Bodrum and Izmir, travel time from Bodrum – 1 hour 15 minutes, from Izmir – 2 hours 30 minutes. A convenient type of transportation for moving around the town is dolmuᶊ.