Situated on the Aegean coast of Turkey, the beach is clean with crystal-clear waters, perfect for a long day of lazing in the sunshine, soaking up the rays on your beach holiday. One of the main attractions of the area are the golden sands and shallow water, making it popular with families. The wide range of water-sport facilities on offer will keep the more adventurous occupied on a beach holiday.
If you’re after a bit of retail therapy, then the larger resort of Bodrum is close by, where you can pick up some local jewellery or great leather goods. Just remember to haggle. For an active family holiday, why not take a boat trip to Kusadasi or visit some of the neighbouring islands? You could take the kids to the Pegasus Horse Ranch for a horse-riding trip or head over to the local waterpark – a great way to cool down in the Turkish sunshine.
For a bit of culture, head to the Roman temple at Didim, or visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus. For something different, try a relaxing massage or treatment at one of the Turkish baths or try your hand at scuba diving. Once you’ve finished your day of activities, head to one of the restaurants on the seafront that serve local and international cuisines, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr.
The name Altinkum actually translates as ‘Golden Sand’, so it is no surprise that there is three long sandy stretches that you can enjoy when you visit. The sea is shallow and azure blue, so it’s ideal for paddling and snorkelling and the sand is invitingly golden. Each beach has modern facilities and plenty of water sports available, perfect for a family beach holiday.
The beach is the place to head to if you want to top up the tan or swim in the warm seas. If you’d rather do something a bit more active, there are water sports available across the three beaches, from jet skiing and water skiing to banana boating and sailing.
The main beach in Altinkum is a long sandy stretch that offers a friendly atmosphere and plenty of activities to enjoy both on the water and on the sand. If you’d prefer to relax somewhere with a quieter vibe, head to either end of the resort and you will find beaches that are more isolated and peaceful.
The Didim Beach Hotel is great if you want all the facilities and modern entertainment of a first rate hotel that is just steps away from the beach. With a diving school and water sports on offer it’s great for beach based activities. If you’d prefer somewhere more low key, the Aegean Park Aparthotel offers self catered accommodation that is only a short walk to the main beach.
The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of Altinkum is ideal for couples who are looking for somewhere they can enjoy a laid back, romantic holiday. Lake Bafa is a dreamy location of water surrounding three islands, with restaurants and the remains of a Byzantine monastery sprinkled across the lakeside. The Theatre of Priene is also an impressive attraction, still standing after its construction in the 4th century BC.
The beach provides plenty of activities for couples to enjoy, either on the sand or in the ocean. Besides sun bathing and swimming, you can go jet skiing, hire a pedalo, or take a boat trip along the Aegean coast. Day trips are available if you wish to explore the region, visiting places such as the Temple of Apollo, or going on a jeep safari.
The nightlife in Altinkum is great for couples who enjoy relaxed dining and drinking in style. There are a number of modern and elegant bars where you can sip on some cocktails, British pubs if you want the feeling of home, or nightclubs if you wish to spend your nights up on the dance floor.
If you want to stay in the lap of luxury, the Seahorse Deluxe Hotel will give you just that, in its enviable location by the beach. If you’d prefer to enjoy your own space and privacy, then self catered accommodation would be ideal. The Akbuk Country Club offers more than the standard apartment complexes, and has easy access to Blue Flag beaches, restaurants, bars and shops.
For those interested in culture and history, a trip to Altinkum could not be better suited, with sites such as The Temple of Apollo just a short drive away. The ancient Greek cities of Ephesus and Miletus are also nearby, and boast some phenomenal buildings and historic relics.
If you wish to take a trip to remember, join the pilgrimage to Meryemana, a sacred place that is said to the last home of the Virgin Mary. Otherwise you can explore the town and its surrounding landscape on a hiking or trekking trip, or you can take it easy on the water with a spot of fishing.
If you choose the right time of year to visit, you can experience some of the festivals that Altinkum’s calendar boasts. The nearby Didim is host to a dance festival every year around April, and you will find a number of small and large beach festivals with music acts and live entertainment, particularly throughout the summer months.
There are a number of historical buildings that architecture fans will find enthralling, such as the Apollo Temple and the ancient buildings in Miletos and Ephesus. You can take the short trip to Izmir during your stay, where you’ll find some stunning old mosques and churches, such as the 16th century Hisar Mosque.
The friendly and welcoming town of Altinkum is ideal for a family break in the sun. The three beaches are each a beautiful stretch of sand, with shallow waters that are ideal for little ones. The ruins of the Ionian city, Didyma are an interesting cultural site, as is the nearby ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
There are a wealth of activities for families on the beach, from banana boating and jet skiing to pedalo boating and water skiing. Entertainment in the form of shows, live music, sports activities and games are found across Altinkum’s resorts, and there are some authentic Turkish markets where you can enjoy some haggling.
The nightlife in Altinkum is friendly and engaging, so it’s great for both adults and children to enjoy. You will find an array of bars, and cafes along the beach, where you can sit and watch the sun go down and enjoy a drink or two. Some traditional Turkish restaurants are also found across the town, where you can sample some of the finest local cuisine.
Boasting its own private beach and a beautiful outdoor pool area, the Majesty Club Tarhan Beach is great for families who want the very best facilities and activities from their hotel. Alternatively, you can stay in self catered accommodation, such as the Mutlu Apartments, which sits amongst a landscape of beautiful gardens and a beach.