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Altinkum is situated on Turkey's South Aegean Coast. It is a popular resort, the main attraction being its sandy beaches, three in total, ideal for holidaymakers searching for a relaxing beach holiday. In fact the name Altinkum literally translates to "golden sands". There are a host of bars and restaurants and although not as busy as some of its neighbours, Altinkum's nightlife caters for a variety of tastes from a drink in a friendly bar to a riotous night in the town's open air night club.
The nearest airport to Altinkum is Bodrum which is between a three and five hour flight from the UK depending on which airport you fly from. There are several airlines flying to Turkey amongst which are BA, Thomas Cook and Thomson and although package holidays are popular, budget fares can be found for the traveller who wishes to be independent.
A UK passport, valid for at least three months, is required to enter Turkey as well as a visa which usually costs in the region of £13 (at the time of writing) and is payable on arrival. Transfer from the airport to your accommodation will be via coach in the case of the package holidaymaker but there are taxis available for independent travellers.
There are numerous things to see and to do during a stay in Altinkum. Lazy days on the gorgeous sandy beaches stretched out on a sun bed under an umbrella sipping a cool drink, with the occasional dip in the clear blue sea is a great way to unwind. The more energetic and adventurous can enjoy watersports such as pedalos, banana boat rides, jet-skiing and there are even scuba diving lessons available.
For the intrepid sightseer, Altinkum is ideally situated to visit the Roman ruins at Ephesus which is a fascinating site illustrating the way in which the Romans lived, even down to the tile on the ground with a picture of a beautiful lady and an arrow to a secret passageway! The Temple of Apollo at Didyma is another ancient site worthy of a visit. There are organised trips to these famous places, however, if you are not too far away from them, it is possible to negotiate with a local taxi driver as to how much they will charge to take you there. You might even be lucky enough to be able to travel on the local dolmus a Turkish mini bus where the fare is far cheaper than a taxi but where the driver never refuses to pick up a passenger. These journeys are certainly entertaining and, amazingly, the driver never forgets to collect a fare even when his bus is packed with travellers.
Shopping is a must for anyone visiting Altinkum but be prepared to haggle. This is a practise where the shopkeeper or stall holder will ask a price for an item and the shopper can instantly refuse to pay that price and then the bargaining begins. This can be great fun and both buyer and seller will eventually reach a point at which a fair price has been agreed upon.
The promenade along the seafront at Altinkum is full of shops selling souvenirs and jewellery and copies of designer outfits can be discovered in the many boutiques both here and in Dolphin Square which is the main centre. The range of jewellery in Turkey is superb and you will find many attractive and innovative designs. For those of you preferring modern shopping outlets, there is a complex, the Didyma Shopping Mall, quite nearby. Visitors who are in self catering accommodation will find all their requirements can be met in the two supermarkets situated between the seafront and the centre of town.
The nightlife in Altinkum is not as lively as some of its neighbouring resorts, however, there is an open air night club for the discerning partygoer and many of the bars along the seafront and in Dolphin Square provide disco, karaoke and Bingo for those of you that cannot have too much time away without a some daubing!
There is a good range of cocktails on offer together with local wines and spirits and many a budding solo artist can be spotted along the seafront when the sun goes down. Belly Dancing is a popular tradition in Turkey and is often to be enjoyed in the many bars here. The range of food on offer ranges from English fish and chips through to a traditional Turkish meal and it is also possible to find Chinese, amongst other cuisine, at The Grand Restaurant in Dolphin Square.
Altinkum is popular with families looking for a nice relaxing holiday, however, it can become extremely hot in high summer so remember to pack plenty of sun protection.