While in Altinkum in '05 me and my friends hired motorbikes / mopeds and headed off early to visit the ruins of Militos and Prienne after visiting these truly great places we headed back to the coast and found an isolated beach restaurant to feast on sea bass and sea bream before heading back along the coast to Altinkum , although we must of covered 80 + km , we found the roads good (re-fuel in Soke) and the chance to do as we please far better then the organized trips . Obviously plenty of sunscreen and drinks needed for all day riding .
Taking a day trip to Bodrum is an absolute must. THere is so much to see and do that it would really be a sin if you miss it. We had a great day there before returning to a cold and wet London (it was suppose to be summer!)
If you do not feel like doing the two day trip to Effesus and Pamukkalae (which is what I would suggest) then you must do the day trip. Situated approx 3 hours drive from Altinkum you go to this wonder. It is absolutely fantastic to walk in the warm thermal waters and to swim in it is even a better option. We did the 2 day trip and slept over in Pamukkalae at the most wonderful hotel that had a normal swimming pool, thermal bath and a jaccuzzi. So needless to say, we jumped from one to the other and had great fun in the process.
As you drive along into the country side, you might notice these tents along the way. They belong to the corporatives that move around doing manual labour on the farms. This particular lot was picking cotton. The grannies go along as well, as they tend to the children whilst the younger woman work in the fields.