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Altinkum holidays 2020
If you are on the hunt for a place where you can surround yourself in sun-drenched nature and the rich Turkish culture, book your 2020 holiday to Altinkum. Perfectly positioned just a short drive from Bodrum resort and Izmir city, Altinkum is a resort town on Turkey's western coast. Better known as “Golden Sands”, it is a place guaranteed to satisfy all of your senses.
The coastal region will keep sun lovers occupied and with the timeworn Temple of Apollo positioned nearby, historians will enjoy meandering around ruins in this town. Water from the Aegean Sea gently kisses the rugged coastline, where boats depart in the direction of Kos. Kos island is located an hour’s boat ride away and you can even access some of Greece's other gems with ease from Altinkum, including Rhodes, Kusadasi, and Samos.
Approximately 5,000 foreigners have merged into the community, where 35,000 locals have permanently set up camp. With three beautiful beaches, marina-facing cafes, and an intriguing history that dates back to the 8th century B.C., it's not surprising that Altinkum appeals to such a diverse crowd.
You will find yourself on the Aegean coast's western edge when you arrive in Altinkum, which is just a one-hour drive from the main airport. This resort has a relaxed vibe and when compared with the more famous resorts of Kusadasi and Bodrum, a cheap holiday in Altinkum will be a refreshing change.
Altinkum at a glance
Discover the best beaches
You'll have a great choice of beaches here, including the popular Main Beach
Perfect for watersports
Enjoy a range of thrilling watersports like banana boats and inflatable doughnuts
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Enjoy a lively night out at one of the bars or nightclubs around Dolphin Square
Sample the local food
You'll fall in love with the Turkish cuisine in Alkintum, just think of all the tasty shish kebabs!
Fab shopping scene
Head into nearby Didim for large shopping centres which will satisfy all your retail needs
Must-visit historical sites
A trip to Didim will also allow you to visit the impressive Temple of Apollo
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Things to do in Altinkum
While the atmosphere might not be as electric as it is in other resorts, everything one would need for an enjoyable holiday can be found in Altinkum. Perfect if you want to kick back and relax, Altinkum has a lazy vibe and is blessed with a large sandy bay. Spend your days floating along the Aegean Sea in a pedalo or stroll to one of the nearby sections of coastline.
Since Altinkum has a prime position close to the world's biggest continuous archaeological site (the ancient city of Ephesus), you can get your history fix here. Alternatively, watch the talented belly dancers entertain crowds inside live music bars, where the sound of traditional Turkish music fills the air.
What you choose to do when you spend time in Altinkum is up to you, depending on how long you are on holiday for. Book Altinkum holidays for September and you can be a part of the Didim Peace Festival, which started back in 1995. This friendship-building festival brings people of all nationalities and cultures together. Many year-round attractions entice tourists too.
For a night of partying and watching DJ's spinning the decks, mingle with fellow holidaymakers at Dolphin Square. Fairly lively, this area might not appeal to families, couples, or holidaymakers who want to unwind. Escape the thumping music for an organised tour to the best historic sites scattered around the landscape, like the Temple of Apollo, where three ancient columns remain their original height!
Jewellers and souvenir shops are dotted around Altinkum, while fishing charter and tours offer a fantastic way to experience Turkey's maritime traditions. Fancy some retail therapy? Check out the weekly market on Saturdays, where vendors set up stalls close to the local bus station.
Turkey has no shortage of beaches and Altinkum is no exception. Take a stroll along this part of the Aegean coast and prepare for beachfront vendors, restaurants, and local shop owners to lure you in. It will be hard to get distracted by them though, what with Altinkum's alluring beach being watersports and family-friendly.
You will understand why Altinkum got the name "golden sands" once you step foot on the powdery sands of First, Second, or Third beach. A wide range of modern facilities are made available to tourists. Family-friendly bars are sprinkled along Second beach.
During peak season, the main beach near the harbour gets pretty crowded with tourist keen to top up their tans. If you like to meet fellow holidaymakers with ocean views, this could be the place to do it. A funfair is located on Third beach and on Altinkum's outskirts are a handful of small coves.
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