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Also called DIDYMI, or BRANCHIDAE, ancient sanctuary and seat of an oracle of Apollo, located south of Miletus in modern Turkey. Before being plundered and burned by the Persians (c. 494 BC), the sanctuary was in the charge of the Branchids, a priestly caste named after Branchus, a favorite youth of Apollo. After Alexander the Great conquered Miletus (334), the oracle was re sanctified; the city administered the cult, annually electing a prophet. About 300 BC the Milesians began to build a new temple, intended to be the largest in the Greek world. The annual festival held there, the Didymeia, became Panhellenic in the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Excavations made between 1905 and 1930 revealed all of the uncompleted new temple and some carved pieces of the earlier temple and statues.
Made a township in 1991, Didyma is a peninsula surrounded by the provincial limits of Mugla and the Akbük cove in the east, the Aegean Sea in the south and west and the lake Bafa and the river Meander in the north. It is located 106 km from Aydin, 53 km from Söke, 73 km from Kusadasi, and 110 km from Bodrum. The number of its inhabitants is 10.400 according to the census of 1990, and its area 300 km2.
Altinkum means golden sand and when you see its two lovely main leadnes which gently slope into the inviting, Blue Aegean, you will soon see how the resort got its name. The sea is very shallow for a long way out and so is ideal for non swimmers and children. In addition, the beaches are conveniently located close to the centre of town, although if you fancy abit of exercise you can find real seclusion in one of the bays along the coast. Beach life is good in Altinkum.
The people in Altinkum are warm, great fun and very friendly. You can walk along the prom where it gets noisy at night with karaoke bars etc. There are great restaurants, some cheap, some not so cheap, where you can converse with the locals and also other tourists. All in all, Altinkum is a very good holiday destination with lots of friendly people.
- Pros:Travelling for 7 months.
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