Home of many bars, restaurants and clubs all vying for your attenton. Ate here a couple of times, don't remember the names of the places, all were pretty similar and the food was OK too.
Gets very lively at night
A short ride on a dolmus to the Temple of Apollo, now in ruins but is a very impressive sght. Visited early in the day and had the place almost to ourselves, well a few lizards kept us company!
Good value, only 2 Lira to get in (June 2008)
A resort holiday and we spent plenty of time on the beach with a good book. 3 beaches to choose from, all clean, not too steep (walk out a long way until water reaches your knees!)and sandy plus plenty of bars neaby of course.
Sun beds and umbrellas are extra cost.
When you think you have seen and done everything that Altinkum has to offer you,why not spend some time up at first beach?
This can be treated as a visit to another resort,taking in new bars and restaurants.
This is very lively at night with such bars as Linekers and the british bar (karaoke and quizzes every night),or Charlies where they play some good music.
Or stroll down to the beachfront where there a few nice and quiet chillout bars.
Altinkum means "golden sand",and it certainly lives up to it's name.
There are 3 beaches in Altinkum.
First beach:- This is located at the top end of the resort,and is smaller,but no less nicer, than the main beach,with all the same facilities,banana boat,pedalos,bars,and restaurants.
Second beach:- This is the main beach,and by far the biggest.
Across the road,for the full length of the beach is bars and restaurants,and fast food outlets.
Vendors sometime walk the beach selling Food and ice cold drinks, so there is no need to leave your sunbed.
The sunbed and umbrella prices are reasonable,especially if you are staying on the beach all day.(2.5YTL)about £1.
Third beach:- The smallest of all three beaches this is the most secluded and furthest away.To reach it, walk up the coast road past the harbour and fun fair,and it is just beyond the Didim beach hotel.
The temple is situated outside of the resort in Didyma (the old village) about 3 kilometers up the Ataturk bulvar (The main road out of town).If the walk is too much there is a regular dolmus (bus) service that drops you off outside the temple for about 20p. The entrance fee is only about 60p, and will probably end up the best bargain of the holiday.
Once inside, to the right of the steps,there are two stone relief's.One is Apollo, and the other is Medusa.
Unlike Ephesus, you are free to wander at your own free will,and take as much time as you want.
Look out for the wildlife among'st the ruins.(tortoise, snakes,lizards,and on one of the many occasions I've been,a wildcat.
When you eventually leave the temple there are a few reasonably priced restaurants across the road.
Finally, the best time to go is at sunset..the red sky against the stone columns is beautiful.