Altinkum is also known as Didim, although the two centres are technically separate. It lies on Turkey’s Aegean coast, in beautiful surroundings and within easy reach of numerous cultural and historical centres such as the ruins of Ephesus, which is a great day trip.
What to do in Altinkum
In Altinkum you can experience Turkey at its best. There are plenty of places to shop, with the Dolphin Market the main market in the resort and it’s popular with locals and self-catering tourists alike. There are also numerous seafront shops as well. The Temple of Apollo in the town centre is just one of the ruins on display, and there are lots of day trips and excursions to nearby places of interest avaliable in Altinkum.
The beaches in Altinkum are some of the finest on the Aegean coast, and the name of the town itself means “Golden Sands”. In a region that is largely characterised by craggy coastlines and crashing surf, the beaches here are hugely popular but not overcrowded, and there are lots of activities on offer for all ages.
There are many day trips for example trips to the world-famous ruins of Ephesus, or to the strange but beautiful frozen waterfalls of crystal at Pamukkale. The major resorts of Bodrum, Kusadasi, Izmir and Cesme are close by, and there are also island-hopping daily boat trips.
There is also the Didim Marina and an aqua park in Altinkum, perfect for families or groups, or you can take a traditional and invigorating Turkish bath complete with massage to really set you up for the day.
Turkish cuisine is amongst the richest and most exotic in the world, with influences from east and west alike. Restaurants and meze bars throughout Altinkum all have a range of traditional dishes and exquisite desserts for you to sample.