The vibrant beach resort of Altinkum is nestled in the Bodrum region of Turkey’s southwest coast. Altinkum is a modern resort with a new harbour and three Blue Flag beaches, providing all the goods for a laid-back beach holiday with the bonus of the region’s best attractions on its doorstep. World-famous Ephesus is just a couple of hours’ drive away, and there is plenty to do close to home, including a local waterpark that kids will love.
Spring and early summer, before the temperature gets too hot.
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV)
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Altinkum for days out at Didim Aqualand, sightseeing in Ephesus or simply relaxing on the award-winning beaches.
A beach-lover’s paradise, Altinkum has three beautiful golden beaches to pick from, linked by a modern promenade and flanked by the chic, yacht-filled marina. The beach closest to the marina is a top water sports zone, where you could race on jet skis or snorkel in the crystal clear water. Take a stroll through the markets of buzzing Dolphin Square or nibble Kalamata olives and stuffed vine leaves in a local restaurant. If you’re interested in a day trip, the whole family can enjoy the exciting water slides at Didim Aqualand. Another must-see is the ancient city of Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
‘Altinkum’ translates as ‘golden sands’, a fitting name for a resort with three Blue Flag beaches, each with beautifully soft sand and clear, warm waters. The beaches are the biggest attractions in Altinkum, so are well-prepared for the most devoted beach-goer with sun loungers, umbrellas and a modern marina. The largest beach, closest to the town centre, has a sunny seafront promenade with a variety of restaurants, bars and beach cafes. The third beach, located beside the marina, is big on water sports with jet skis, water skis, snorkelling and banana boats.
At the heart of Altinkum is the bustling Dolphin Square, a meeting point and shopping hub. The town’s bustling markets are a great place to haggle for bargains and handmade souvenirs, and the Saturday markets are bursting with fresh, fragrant local fruit and vegetables. The seafront is another popular shopping zone, where the shops stay open late, creating a lively buzz in the evenings. As well as souvenir shops, the harbour is known for its upmarket boutiques. The modern marina is the town’s newest dining hotspot and is the perfect place in Altinkum for sharing mezes and trying local specialities like grilled octopus.
A favourite family attraction in Altinkum is Didim Aqualand, a fantastic water park located just 20 minutes away by dolmus. The park features a variety of exciting water slides, playgrounds and pools. There are also jacuzzis where you grown-ups can relax, as well as unwinding on the free sunbeds and treating yourself at one of the many places to eat. Altinkum is just an hour and a half’s drive from Ephesus, one of the most famous and best-preserved ancient cities in Turkey. An essential day trip, here you can marvel at the towering Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the vast 20,000 seat Roman theatre.
Beach lovers: Altinkum has three award-winning beaches to pick from, complete with gorgeous honey-coloured sand and top water sports.
Families: With its well-equipped beaches, friendly town and a water park down the road, Altinkum is a hit with families.
Sightseers: Altinkum is perfectly placed for excursions to Ephesus, one of Turkey’s most important cities, home to the Temple of Artemis.
Language: The language spoken in Altinkum is Turkish.
Currency: The currency used in Altinkum is the Turkish Lira.
Local time: Altinkum is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Flight time from UK: Approximately four hours.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Altinkum. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
Temperature: In summer, an average of 27-28°C.
Best time to visit: Spring and early summer, before the temperature gets too hot.
Altinkum’s weather is typical of southwest Turkey’s Mediterranean climate, with hot summers tempered by cool sea breezes. Turkey enjoys an estimated 300 days of sunshine a year, and the hottest months are July to September, which regularly reach the low 30s (°C).
By dolmus: Dolmuses are the local public mini buses, which operate throughout Altinkum. They are a cheap and easy way to get around the resort, and run approximately every 30 minutes in the high season.
By bus: A bus service connects Altinkum to nearby resorts like Bodrum, Didim and Kusadasi. Day trips by bus are an affordable and reliable way if you don’t have a car.
By ferry: If you’re planning to visit the likes of Bodrum, it’s possible to catch a boat from Altinkum’s harbour for a more pleasant way to make the trip.
Peace festival: At the end of August, Altinkum’s neighbour Didim hosts its annual Peace Festival. Aimed at promoting international relations, in particular friendship between Greece and Turkey, the festival celebrates a variety of international traditions with music concerts, dancing and exhibitions, finishing with a big firework display on Altinkum beach.
Olive festival: One of the area’s newest festivals is the Didim International Olive Festival, held for two days in September to celebrate the fruits of the region. Great for foodies, the festival features local companies promoting and selling the local olives and olive oil, and you get to taste them, too.