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This friendly, unspoilt resort offers a choice of 3 beaches, along with easy access to some of the world’s most important historic sites.

Sandy beaches

Altinkum translates as ‘golden sands’ and the name is an apt one – the resort is home to 3 beaches.

The waters here are clear and stay shallow for a couple of hundred metres, making them great for little paddlers. And there are bars and restaurants overlooking the sands so there's no shortage of lunch options.

Heaps of history

This part of Turkey is home to several important historical sites. Just 10 minutes away you’ve got the Temple of Apollo, which dates back to 300BC. 

Slightly further away, but worth the 90-minute trip, is Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Insider Tip

At many of the shops it’s fine to barter – as a rough guide, aim for 60% of the asking price.

Best beaches

Of Altinkum’s 3 beaches, First Beach is the busiest, with a prom lined with bars and restaurants. This one also has the biggest choice of watersports, and you’ll find waterskiing, jetskiing and canoes on offer. Just to the east you’ve got Second Beach, which is a bit quieter. And if you want to escape it all, head to Third Beach, by the marina.

Top sights

From here it’s just a 10-minute ride by dolmus –a shared minibus – to the Temple of Apollo, the fourth-largest temple in the ancient world. Historically, this is an important place – even Alexander the Great came by to visit the oracle. If you fancy making a day of it, have a leisurely lunch at one of the bars and restaurants by the entrance.

Out and about

Take a boat to explore the coves and bays along the coastline – there are daily trips from the harbour. A 20-minute dolmus ride gets you to the aqua park, where you’ll find plenty of slides, plus children’s pools and volleyball. And it’s definitely worth taking a daytrip to Ephesus, the 3000-year-old ruins of an ancient city. It’s home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is less than 90 minutes away.

Eating and drinking

Head down to the seafront and you’ll find a choice of restaurants serving an international menu. You’ve got Chinese, Italian and British food on offer, as well as authentically Turkish places serving stuffed peppers and delicious mezze. The restaurants often offer live music and entertainment in the evenings too.


You’ll find souvenir shops selling local handicrafts and embroidery along the seafront and in Dolphin Square. Or for affordable cameras and leather goods, try the Didyma Shopping Mall. There’s also a street market every Wednesday, and buses run every 5 minutes to neighbouring Didum, which has a Saturday market.


Altinkum prides itself on its varied nightlife, and you’ll find everything from traditional Turkish bars to Irish pubs in and around Dolphin Square. Some of the local bars offer a bus service, where they’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you home again. If you’re not ready to head back, you can always go dancing at one of the open-air nightclubs.

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Where is it?

Altinkum is in western Turkey, on the south Aegean coast. It’s about an hour’s drive from Milas-Bodrum Airport.

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