Why Altinkum?

Turkey is a holiday paradise; the sparkling Aegean Sea, abundant sunshine and magnificent mountains offer visitors a complete getaway from the stress and routine of everyday.  Turkey has a magnificent past and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years.

 

So why Altinkum???

 

Altinkum translates to "golden sand".  With a choice of three main beaches and many smaller coves and beaches of golden sand to relax and unwind in, Altinkum is popular with both British and Turkish tourists.

 

In the evenings most people try to find somewhere quiet to sit by the sea and look at the lights of other towns across the water, but if you are of a more energetic nature Altinkum has two or three discotheques, and a number of smaller bars and clubs, some with live music, mostly Turku (Turkish folk music).  However Altinkum is really a quiet family resort with great coastline.

 

The long promenade of Main Beach gently and gracefully curves around the bay, ideal for those evening walks or a place to sit and watch the sunset.  The beaches gently slope into the warm crystal waters of the Aegean.  The shallow sea waters are particularly suited to children.

 

Third Beach is located away in a small inlet a little further round the bay from the main resort.  Altinkum`s two 5 star hotels are situated in this area and there are a couple of restaurants right on the beach that also provide a free bus service that will take you back to your own apartment.

 

Third beach is also the location of the new Marina.  This new fifty million dollar Altinkum D Marina is expected to encourage further tourism and rising property prices in the area.   The new marina is the largest on the coasts of Turkey and provide visitors with an American style shopping centre, restaurants, supermarket, gym & fitness centre, cultural office, banks, swimming pool and children`s facilities as well as offering berthing for up to 620 yachts. 


Throughout Altinkum, there is a large range of bars and restaurants offering a range of Turkish and British food.  The beachside restaurants tend to cater mostly for British Tourists.  Further afield in Altinkum, there is a selection of authentic Turkish restaurants, all offering a wide range of dishes from local cuisine to fresh fish.

 

The innate charm, friendliness and approachability of the local people, who will go out of their way to make your holiday that little bit special, is what makes this resort so popular.   

Average temperatures in Altinkum are considerably higher in the summer compared to the UK, and the winters are also warmer and milder than at home.  Altinkum weather is very reliable, with long days of beautiful sunshine and often a cool breeze, which makes it ideal holiday weather. You can pretty much guarantee blue skies, sunshine and warm water on this Aegean Coast in the summer, with an average of 12 hours daily sunshine.

Altinkum, home of the antique city of Didyma with its ruined Temple of Apollo, a short 10 minute journey from the resort centre, is also close to a number of other ancient towns and natural wonders.  Lake Bafa National Park is nearby, along with the Buyuk Menderes River and historic sites such as Miletos and Priene.


Altinkum is one of the most untouched areas on the Aegean Coast.  There are still many open fields and spaces and it is still a very unbuilt up resort unlike other more major holiday locations in the South-west of Turkey.  Millions have been spent on making Altinkum a pleasant place to be and modernizing without spoiling its natural beauty.  The new projects continue and Altinkum continues to grow as a tourism centre.