Didim, an hour's drive from the city of Aydın, is one of Turkey's prime holiday destinations. It has a rich cultural heritage, golden beaches, and a coast of intricate coves, each a wonder of nature. The Temple of Apollo in Didim is one of the largest and best-preserved temples of the ancient world. In many aspects, including its original layout, the Temple of Apollo was different from the other temples of the ancient world. The Blue Flag Altınkum Beach, one of the best in Turkey, is only 10 minutes from Didim. The sea is quite shallow here, and the long, wide, sandy beach is well sheltered from the waves, making it popular among families with children. The shore off Altınkum is suitable for windsurfing, canoeing, and other water sports. The waterfront of Altınkum Town, behind the beach, is lined with entertainment facilities, restaurants, and hotels that make the town a popular resort. There are many natural beauty spots in the vicinity of Didim. Lake Bafa Nature Park is 30 kilometres from Didim. The lake was, in ancient days, part of Miletus Bay. The lagoon gradually filled with silt and formed the lake. The lake now provides a habitat for many birds, including several endangered species. Occasional boat trips are organised on the lake. Lake Bafa is surrounded with olive orchards and pine forests, and its shores are suitable for those who wish to stay away from the crowded cities. Walks on beautiful trekking routes around the lake provide photographers with a visual feast and superb vantage points.