Aegean Coast Resorts
Altinkum means “golden sands”
Altinkum is set on the western Aegean coast of Turkey approximately halfway between the more widely known cosmopolitan resorts of Bodrum and Kusadasi. It is a purpose-built resort with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. It is the perfect place for those wanting a lazy beach holiday as there are no fewer than three within easy reach.
Altinkum beaches featured number 9 in the TripAdvisor best 10 beaches of Turkey.
Altinkum’s main beach is famous for its long stretch of golden sands, here you can bask in the glorious sunshine, potter in a pedalo or try out a range of water sports. Along the bustling beach front, there are plenty of restaurants and bars suitable for all the family. A short walk away, beyond the harbour, is Third Beach which offers a quieter environment with its clear and sparkling waters. Just past this is the Marina, which has a Yacht club, shops and Restaurants. From Main Beach, walking in the opposite direction brings you to the Second Beach area, again a long stretch of golden soft sand with clear blue waters, and surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants.
The harbour offers a good selection of boat trips to local coves and beaches that run daily throughout the summer months
If you want more than just lazing on the beach, Altinkum’s shops offer an interesting range of value-for-money goods and souvenirs. Well worth looking out for are leather goods and Turkish carpets. There are numerous jewellers and small outlets selling a wide range of traditional goods .The huge weekly market, sells everything from spices to clothes, there you will have the opportunity to haggle and have a good fun day out.
Away from the sandy beaches is the bustling town of Didim, head here for the more traditional Turkish taste.
The area is surrounded by famous historical sites, just 3 km away is the impressive Temple of Apollo whose three columns still stand to their full height measuring almost 20 metres. This 2000 year old site is steeped in history and well worth a visit. A mass of marble stumps gives an idea of the colossal size of the original structure. Other sites worth visiting include the classical Greek city of Prienne and the ancient port of Miletus, both just a short journey away. The ancient city of Ephesus, the largest ongoing archaeological site in the world is an hour away and organised trips to this as well as many other beautiful places of interest are available from Altinkum’s many travel agents.
Altinkum has something to suit everyone, families and couples, young or old will enjoy the sights as Altinkum comes alive every night with Turkish music, belly dancers, break dancing and all the sights and sounds of this bustling resort.
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