Welcome Cafe Olive in Akkoy - Didim
Akkoy Fishermen mending their nets
The small village of Akkoy is on the crossroad and geographically located in the middle of the natural park and in the centre of the three most important ancient Ionian sides, 3 miles (5 km) near by the ancient Ionian capital of Milet, which had 80 colonies and where already Antonius and others have been tourists.Priene, the only preserved ancient Ionian city, constructed after the plan of Hippodamus and the Temple of Didyma connected to the ancient capital of Milet by a road, which had become from time to time more important than the Oracle of Delphi.
on the crossroads
Many visitors coming to this area of Aegean, staying in Kusadasi, Bodrum, Bafa Lake, Didim Altinkum are intended to connect their holidays by enjoying the wonderful bays and beaches of the Aegean coast with visiting ancient cultural heritages like the ancient ionian capital of Milet, mostly known by the mathematician and philosopher Thales of Milet, Priene and the Temple of Didyma.
A. Personally suggested route for visitors, who may travel
by rental car, bus, professionell bicycle from Kusadasi: Prien-Milet-via
Akkoy-Didyma For visiting more of those places in one day time by rental
cars prefer Start from Kusadasi Dilek Peninsula national park where Zeus
cave is. Then you may carry on to Soke to Prien (Prien, Priene are the same
places!) located on south side of MYCALE (Samson in Turkish
for some maps) mountains. After Priene you may carry directly on the land
road on to Milet and via Akkoy to Didyma. Didyma is the place, where the
Apollo temple is located today. Didim or in old maps Yenihisar is the city
centre of the whole touristic area, including the places Altinkum, Yenihisar
and of course the ancient temple of Didyma in old maps. If you are travelling
by local transport bus or coaches, in intention of visiting Didyma, you should
tell to the driver by also mentioning Apollo temple. [Turkish: Apollo tapinak]
Otherwise you may leave the coach at the city centre of Didim, 1 kilometre
of walk back to the temple of Apollo
Public transport: From Kusadasi direction: There are regular transport to Soke from Kusadasi (Kusadasi Birlik), if you like to visit Prien first you better take Güllübahçe midibus from Soke which has description in front panel of their coaches - Güllübahçe Belediyesi -. Their last stop is Priene in front of Selale restaurant remarkable with a waterfall infront of a pool full of traut fish.
After visiting Prien you can take "Balat Birlik" minibusses to Milet, normally they run in every hour to Milet or you can go back to Soke and take "Didim Seyahat" bus instead.
If You go back and take Didim Sehayat You should leave the coach at Akkoy where Café Olive is located at the crossroad to Milet. From Akkoy to Milet is aproximately 3 kilometres of walk or you may take the "Balat Birlik" minibusses running in every one hour between Altinkum - Balat.
To carry on by visiting Didyma with its Apollo temple in Didim town you should take Didim Seyahat coaches from Akkoy 10 kilometres of journey.
B. Personally suggested route for visitors, who may travel by rental car, bus, professionall bycycle from Bodrum: via Akbük-Didyma- via Akkoy-Milet-Prien
Travelling from Bodrum takes aprox.50 min. drive by car, leaving on the right the wonderful sides of the Lake Bafa and the mountains of ancient Latmos Herakleia covered with olive trees and camping sites hidden between the olive trees.
People on both side of the main road selling their goods, local products. Honey shouldn't be missed.
After passing lake side you will approach three way for AKBUK on the left of the BODRUM - MiLAS Highway. If you like to start visiting by Temple of Apollo at Didyma, you rather take this road instead. This is also the road where coaches of tour companies are using for their air-port transfers between Altinkum - Bodrum airport. After visit of Temple of Apollo at Didyma, You can carry on to Akkoy in direction to Soke.
You will passing Tasburun with a small jetty of local fishermen (Tasburun). Greek Islands can be seen on the left side. There are restaurants providing open buffet lunch for tour groups taking Milet - Priene - Didyma daily tour from Bodrum, Kusadasi or other places by the sea-side.
After Tasburun You reach the village of Akkoy where you can visit our Café Olive and get more information about the area and carry on to Milet and Priene then to Kusadasi, Selçuk, Izmir..
On the photo above shows 3-way crossroad if you are travelling from Didim to Soke direction.Both roads are asphalt and will take you to Soke.The road pointed with bigger arrow sign on the photo is approximately 7 kilometres longer and a little bit narrower. If you follow this road you should pay attention on traffic while approaching to crossroad. Because most drivers prefer the usual route which is shown with a little arrow sign turning to right connects Bodrum - Milas Highroad shorter just after akyenikoy town below Akkoy hill.
If you follow bigger arrow direction: asphalt road will take you to Balat village on the right hand side neighbouring ancient city Miletos. Miletos ancient town has two pass-way, entrance and exit you can by your veichle (car, scooter, etc.). Then you can follow up to Güllübahçe town famous with its Priene ancient town