Set on Turkey’s Aegean coast between Bodrum and Kusadasi, Altinkum is a charming, relaxed beach resort that keeps growing bigger every year. The beach is pretty, there’s accommodation for all budgets and plenty to do in and around town.
It’s a good place for families and anyone looking to relax, but those seeking a lively resort won’t be disappointed – the nightlife is fun but not rowdy. Temperatures get very hot in the summer, although there’s usually a breeze to keep things cool.
There are lots of great value charter flights to Bodrum, the nearest airport, and it’s a 70-minute transfer to Altinkum from there. Izmir airport is two hours away.
One you’re in the resort everything’s conveniently located. If you want to get out and about you can sign up for day trips to local sights. You don’t really need a car unless you’re set on exploring further afield.
Altinkum means ‘golden sands’ in Turkish, and the beaches are just that – wide and golden, lapped by the sparkling waters of the Aegean.
The main beach stretches from the harbour to a rocky headland, and there are two other beaches at either end. With gentle, sloping sands and calm water, it’s ideal for children and lifeguards watch the beach. Waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing and diving are some of the water sports on offer.
The resort itself doesn’t have any sights, but Didim, 5km north, was the site of a vast ancient temple to Apollo and a visit to the ruins is worthwhile. This area of Gumbet, Turkey