Holidays to Altinkum are quieter than those to the nearby resorts of Bodrum and Kusadasi - they are all about the beautiful beaches, lazy days and watersports if you're feeling particularly adventurous. In fact, the name Altinkum translates as 'golden sands' so you can certainly get a feel for how much importance is places on the beaches here!
Altinkum is the beachside area of the town of Didim, which itself is named for the amazing ruins in nearby Didyma, so you could combine a holiday in Altinkum spent mostly relaxing on the beach with a look at the fascinating history of Turkey. The world-famous Ephesus is also a short drive away, or coach trips are readily available. You can sort out your cheap car hire before you go to save.
You will certainly want to be within walking distance of the beach on an Altinkum holiday, and this quiet resort has plenty of options for a cheap holiday deal. The resort is starting to become more and more popular though, so get booked for Altinkum holidays in 2013 or 2014 to get a jump on them!
All Altinkum holidays start with a flight arriving at Bodrum Airport. To get to your hotel from here there are several options. If you're watching your budget, then making sure that you book a package holiday in Altinkum and adding transfers into the bundle is the best way. It's no-stress and minimal cost, getting you from the airport to your hotel easily. Expect the journey to take around two hours, which will extend your travelling time. Flights usually take around three hours to arrive, with indirect flights taking much longer without much benefit when it comes to cost saving.
As you can imagine, with such a long transfer time, taxis can get pretty expensive. If you have your heart set on this method then do some research beforehand and make sure you agree a price with the driver before you set off. The other alternative is to hire a car. The roads in this part of Turkey are fairly good so you should not have any particular issues, although signs may be a little harder to come by than you would expect - so be sure to take a map!
There are plenty of options when it comes to picking the accommodation on Altinkum holidays, although the vast majority of hotels will offer all-inclusive board. There is a bit more variety here in Altinkum than the larger resorts though, with places offering self-catering apartments as well as half board and bed and breakfast board too. Going self catering is a great way to save some money, and then you can pick and choose whether you will prepare something with the local produce or treat yourself to a meal out depending on your budget.
Staying right on the beautiful beach will always be the most expensive place to stay on holiday to Altinkum, so if you'd rather not pay a premium for location then look for one set just a short walk from the beach instead. Make sure you watch out for the distinction between Didim and Altinkum though, as hotels in Didim are bound to be cheaper, but you may well find you're looking at catching a bus before you can get to the beach or the seafront promenade area which is where you will find shops, bars and restaurants.
It's all about the three main beaches when it comes to deciding what to do on Altinkum holidays! There is plenty of space to sunbathe, the sea is warm and clear and there are plenty of watersports from parasailing to paddleboard if you want to get off your sunbed. There are also restaurants, bars and a few clubs all right by the beach, so this will most likely form the epicentre of your holiday. Altinkum is also close to some great historic locations should you wish to branch out and indulge in a little sightseeing. The Temple of Apollo in Didyma is a nearby trip, or you could travel a little further to Ephesus if you have time on your hands for a genuine look at an ancient city during your holidays in Altinkum.
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