Altinkum Travel Guide

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Altinkum Things to Do

  • Dolphin Square

    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

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  • Apollon Temple

    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)

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  • Beach

    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.

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  • A new resort

    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...

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  • a day on the beach

    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...

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  • Visit the Temple of Apollo

    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...

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Altinkum Restaurants

  • Plenty to choose from

    During our week's holiday we ate at several different restaurants. In a resort like this catering mostly for British tourists we found in all cases the food was Ok, not remarkable though.Everywhere friendly with good service and though keen to entice you in to their restaurant no real excessive hassle, did notice a few places had been closed for a...

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  • Good tasty food

    Up the hill, on the way to Didim and recommended to us by those "in the know". Ate there twice and very good both times, possibly the salad as a starter the best we had all week.Friendly and comfortable and the prices are good, enjoyed our visits here.

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  • best service from Mustapha & the "A"...

    Situated after the end of first beach going towards 2nd beach, good views over the sea. They will arrange to collect you from your hotel, flat etc. These guys have worked at Summer Garden and Victoria and move as a team. do not miss. I had my 50th birthday meal there in July and they did a great job. This is the best in AltinkumAlso there is the...

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  • good plain simple cooking

    On the road up to the Meryem Ana,the Ali Baba is on the right hand side, and all the staff are friendly and polite.The meals are hot and freshly cooked and the price is also reasonable.The peppered steak are well worth a try, but make sure you have some water or beer at hand if you do.(the pepper sauce is pretty hot). As above

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  • not to be missed

    Nicks is a small,friendly restaurant, where casual is the word of the day.Breakfast can be a full blown English, a bacon and egg butty,or a turkish kahvalta. The choice is yours, mix and match,(they don't mind).During the day, call in for a snack (burgers,pizza, or just a coofee or cold drink)At night the ambiance has changed from a cafe to a...

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  • the service here is brill

    the victoria restaurant in altinkum is a good place to eat in the evenings you are treated like royalty and they also will pick you up from your hotel in a very posh car. if you visit during the day the waiters love to speak to you and they are very funny.the sun terrace is a beautiful place to just sit and relax when the sun is shinning. it isnt...

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Altinkum Nightlife

  • soooooo laid back

    A trip to Adam's Chillout Bar is recommended for one of those evenings when you do'nt feel like anything strenuous. If you just want to sit in a comfy chair with a nice cold beer, listening to motown or 60's music, then this is the ideal place.Adam is a down to earth friendly guy, who believes in the theory that if you are nice to people, then they...

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  • BINGO AND QUIZZES

    Erics is the ideal bar if you want to participate in bingo and pop & general knowledge quizzes.In fact there is something going on every night.Eric has the most enormous hooter and does'nt mind you pointing it out to him(in fact he'll point it out to you).He is a genuine guy ,as are all the bar staff and waiters,and to say they're a little bit...

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  • CALLING ALL YOU SINGERS

    THE dIDYMA KARAOKE BAR,OWNED BY yASHAR IS WELL WORTH A VISIT,BUT NO POINT IN GOING BEFORE 10 O'CLOCK,NO-ONE IS DRUNK ENOUGH TO GET UP AND SING, SO THE STAFF WILL START THE EVENING GOING WITH A FEWDANCE SONGS TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD.IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, ONE OF THE WAITERS,MIKEY DOES A VERY GOOD FIRE EATING ACT AND BY THEN THE STAGE IS NEVER...

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Altinkum Transportation

  • Dolmus

    Local transport is by Dolmus, a minibus service. Destination on the front, stop it on the street as you would a taxi.We took one to the Apollon Temple, crowded and hot but only 1.25 lira each for the journey, pay the driver.

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  • the shared taxi

    While in Altinkum, you must go on the dolmus(shared taxi), even if you only ride it for the experience.This is by far the best and cheapest way of getting around town and the surrounding villages.The dolmus stops for you virtually anywhere,(just hold out your arm and it's there.For something like 20 pence you can travel up to the temple of...

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Altinkum Warnings and Dangers

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    by bonio Written Jul 2, 2008

    Not so much a warning about Altinkum but on Turkey in Gerneral.
    If you're not a Turkish national you will have to buy a visa on arrival. Currently (June 2008) £10 for UK nationals, the cost varies for other nationalities but is displayed close to the visa desk.
    Only Euro, GB£ or US$ appeared to be acceptable and they were reluctant to give change.
    Have the correct money ready.

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Altinkum Tourist Traps

  • Rep Tours Altinkum - AVOID THEM

    Yes they'll make the trips available, but if for any reason you have to cancel or postpone, your money's gone and won't - repeat won't - be coming back to you. Not even to book for something else. Use another agency

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  • don't be conned

    On the introduction meeting, your rep is there for the sole purpose of selling you as many excursions as possible.These same trips can be bought in the resort for a fraction of the price,and if you feel reluctant to use the local travel companies, let me assure you that they are reliable people,and their coach drivers are good and safe drivers.

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  • The Market Excursions

    When you arrive in Altinkum,you will probably see adverts for trips to Soke market,Kusadasi market,Bodrum market,and be told about the local saturday market at Yenihisar,just up the road.Unless you want to visit Soke,Kusadasi or Bodrum,Irecommend you save yourself a bit of money and just go to Yenihisar,as all the stalls are the same.(they travel...

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Altinkum Off The Beaten Path

  • ENJOY THE WALK

    For the more athletic person, I can recommend the clifftop walk.From behind the Tuntas hotel on first beach, take the dirt track that leads along the coast.This will eventually lead you into Yesilkent, where a lovely cold beer will set you up for either the walk back, or a dolmus back to Altinkum.

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  • Two and a half beach

    As already stated,there are three beaches in Altinkum.WRONG!!!!!Between the main beach and 3rd beach there is a small stretch of sand,with a solitary bar/restaurant hiding it from the road.This to me is the best beach of them all,as there is only room for a few people,and therefore a lot cleaner.Although I have to be honest in saying that it won't...

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  • great place

    hi dave in manchester been altinkum 4 times good place 2 travel elsewhere it usually ht the 40s in july and i have had it in 50s i lov it got 3children never attempt to tan them use factors 35 an above they come back lovely and golden, hats a must stay out of the sun as much as poss if not sun bathing waterproof sun lotion in pool drink lots of...

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  • Pics Of Altinkum

    After buying Property in Didim,5 mins away from Altinkum,we think it was the best investment we ever made. The turkish people have gone out of there way,to help us,and make us feel welcome. The beaches are fantastic,and there are 3 to pick from. The nightlife is great,with many resturants,and good drinking holes. Loads to do and see. A good place...

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