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Altinkum means "golden sand" and with it's three beaches which gently shelve into the inviting turquoise blue Aegean, you will soon see how the resort got it's name. Beach life is excellent in Altinkum. The fabulous main beach is known as First Beach and is the largest beach in the resort. Second Beach is situated infront of the Orion Hotel running to the Tuntas Hotel. Third Beach is at the opposite end of the resort to Second Beach, past the Luna Park. There are two restaurants at this beach that offer a free transfer service from your hotel to the beach.

There is also a local bus service (called a dolmus) from the resort centre. On all three beaches water sports are available, sunbeds and umbrellas are for hire and once settled there will be no need for you to move until sunset! Although laid-back during the day, Altinkum knows how to party once the sun has gone down! There is something for everyone from dancing bars to 'Toy Bar' which has long been a favourite karaoke bar, for those still on the go at 2am, why not try the open-air Medusa Nightclub which stays open until dawn. Dolphin Square is located in the main centre of Altinkum where you will find many restaurants, bars and shops. To the front of Dolphin Square, to the right hand side of First Beach you will find a Turkish tea garden called Palm Café which has a play area for the kids and serves a range of delicious Italian style cakes, traditional desserts and ice creams. The local market is held in Didim every Saturday, which is only a 10 minute ride from the resort centre. Didim, is also where the ruins of the famous Temple of Apollo are to be found.

The Temple is one of the most outstanding buildings of the ancient Greek world, not only in size but also in architectural style. It can be explored during the day to closely examine the ruins and then at night to enjoy a meal at the Asik and Kamaci Restaurants which overlook the temple and serve delicious seafood. The resort is situated on the west Aegean coast and is very close to the fertile Soke plain, this plain is famous for growing tobacco and cotton. Altinkum is located only 45 mins from Soke Market, which is the largest traditional market in the area, about 1hr from Kusadasi and 1.5hrs from Izmir which is the third largest city in Turkey (behind Ankara and Istanbul) and 2hrs from Bodrum.

Getting Here: During the summer season (May - October) there are many charter flights that operate from the UK to Bodrum and Izmir Airports. In the winter season (November - April) and during the summer there are daily flights from many European and American cities to Istanbul's Atatürk Airport, and from there you can get a connecting flight to Bodrum or Izmir Airports.

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