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Activities in and Around Altinkum

Day Time in Altinkum:

Obviously there is the beach, you can take numerous boat trips from the harbour. There are plenty of shops, a small shopping centre where you can buy very good value leather goods, jewellery, and don't forget to haggle. You can buy all your usual souvenirs and the famous fake designer gear which looks very authentic. There are numerous days trips you can take and there are plenty of places you can book them if you do not feel like venturing out yourselves. There is a very good water park in Altinkum which is a 15 minute drive away, see details below.

Apollo Temple:

The Apollo Temple can be found in the ancient town of Didim which can be reached by local dolmus and takes about 5 to 10 mins. It is a very impressive ancient site and is really worth a visit. There is a small entrance charge.


Ephesus (Efes) is a magnificent day out. This is the second largest ancient site in the world. Ephesus is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean and among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely 'soak' in the atmosphere of Roman times. In Ephesus you can find Virgin Mary's House.


Pamukkale which is unique in the world with its cascading water form cliffs forming crystallized, dazzling white and frozen waterfalls. The thermal waters have been used for therapeutic treatments since the Roman period. It is an amazing site and not to be missed. Here you will also find the Cleopatra's Spa where you can bath in the therapeutic waters.

Jeep Safari in Altinkum:

Taking you through the olive groves and hillsides to other turquoise bays for swimming. See typical Turkish villages where you will experience the true Turkey. You will get wet and covered in dust so don't wear anything too nice, it is a really exciting and fun day out. Don't forget your hat.

Altinkum Aqua Park:

This water park is just outside Altinkum. It was built in 2004 and has proved to be very popular with English tourists. The water park is just outside of Altinkum, set on a hill on the way to Soke market. The aqua park was built in 2004 and has proved to be popular with English tourist , not as big as Kusadasi Adaland aqua park but not as far to travel , only 15 mins by local bus.

Adaland Aqua Park:

Adaland is in Kusadasi and is only 50 mins drive from Altinkum is Europe's largest water park. There are day trips every day. There are 25 acres of splashing run with more than 20 fantastic rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy, thrill seekers can experience the fastest waterslides. There are plenty of sun loungers and bathing areas for the avid sun seeker. The park caters for all ages, you can relax and float in the lazy river. There is also another water park called Aqua fantasy which is also excellent and Turkey's top ranked water park and club, with many themed rides.

Turkish Bath:

A Turkish bath is one of the nicest and most relaxing things that you can go and do whilst in Turkey Starting with a lovely hot sauna where you feel like you are going to just pass out eventually from the heat, to the warmed marble table where you receive first your rub down to get rid of old skin (ideal to start your tanning off) and then on to the soap foam massage where you feel like telling the guy never to stop. You can also have a head shampoo massage and after some relaxation time, the oil massage which was to die for. Feeling relaxed and revitalized at the same time it is not able to be described, but something you have to experience when visiting.

Treating Yourself:

Beauty treatments in Turkey are a must. Why not treat yourself to a manicure or a pedicure which costs a fraction of the price in England – also for men, not just for the ladies. A traditional Turkish shave for the men is an experience in itself, using the traditional cut throat razor, try it if you dare! The hair saloons offer cut and blow dry, perms and hair colouring at a very reasonable price and they do a very good job.

Lake Bafa: Altinkum:

Lake Bafa or Bafa Lake as called by some was formed by an earthquake in the 17th century. Lake Bafa is situated in between Soke and Bodrum and you pass it while travelling from bodrum airport heading to resorts such as Altinkum and Akbuk. It is a huge spectacle covering 7,000 hectares. Spectacular views can be gained whilst driving past the sheer drops onto the silverly reflections from the moonlight hitting the water.

There are many small restaurants and places to stay scattered around the lakeside, along with the remains of a Byzantine monastery, originally built on an islet. You can wade out to it or catch a boat.

The lake has three main islands: Ikiz, Menet and Kahve Asar Island which can be accessed by boat from the camping area.

Bodrum and Bodrum Castle:

Built by Knights of Rhodes in the 15th Century and dedicated to St Peter, the Bodrum Castle took 99 years to be finished. There are 5 towers in this castle, all of which have a name: French, English, Italian, German and Snake Towers. The castle covers approximately 30,0000 sq meters. There is a museum inside the castle. It is one of the biggest and important museums of its kind in the world. Relics recovered from excavation since 1960's are on display. The Eastern Mediterranean Amphora collection as well as findings resulting from research on sunken ships in the immediate vicinity are on display. The remains of the oldest sunken ship in the world are also here and well-worth a visit.

Bodrum itself is a delightful cosmopolitan resort. Its beautiful harbour takes precedent with its many yachts and boats, making it an ideal setting for that lazy drink along the waters edge. From here you can catch a boat trip to Kos in Greece, which is a fantastic day out. This is a bustling resort with plenty of shops, bazaars and markets (don't forget to haggle). There are lots of restaurants and cafes along the harbour front and many restaurants where you can sit by the sea. It really is a lovely day out and Bodrum is not to be missed. It takes around 1hr 30 mins to get here from Altinkum either by car or by an arranged tour.


Trips to Izmir can be arranged locally. It is a very interesting city with a lot of history and fantastic shopping. Makes a great day out.


Kusadasi - This is wonderful holiday resort which can be reached by local dolmus/bus and is only 55miles (90 km) away. It is a very cosmopolitan resort which has wonderful beaches, shops, bars, discos and restaurants. From hear you can take boat trips, and organised tours. The cruise liners stop hear on one of there many stops.


Cesme, meaning fountain, derives from the many sources of water found in the area which includes, Thermal Spa's and Golden Beaches. It is one of Turkey's most beautiful stretches -- surrounded by clear blue seas, with landscapes of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees.

Diving in Altinkum:

Whether you are a beginner or a certified diver, the crystal clear waters in Altinkum offers a variety of diving. You can expect to see various marine life ranging from moray eels, octopus, tuna, jacks, barracudas and lobster to dolphins.

Horse Riding Trip - Pegasus:

Altinkum has its own Horse Ranch, called 'Pegasus' they are situated near Third beach. There are 10 stables with a ménage of 200 feet. Pegasus offer horse safari trips along several paths, where you stop by the sea where you can cool off and have a spot of lunch.

5 Island Boat Trip:

A wonderful day out, riding the calm, crystal clear waters with the sea breeze to cool you down. Enjoy the beautiful views around the Aegean cost. The trips run every day from Altinkum harbour. Lunch and drinks are included in the price and it is a great way to top up your holiday tan and relax.

Car Hire:

Car hire can be booked almost everywhere. Driving in Turkey is extremely easy. Petrol stations are open 24 hours a day and are attended so you don't even have to get out of your car. Everything is well sign posted and it is a great way to see the real Turkey.

Outlet Shopping Centre:

At around a 30 minute drive from Altinkum along the road to Kusadasi, you will come to the shopping outlets. Here you can find all your Levis, Cons jeans, many outlet shops selling, shoes, household items, there is a Toys R Us and also a McDonalds. Everything here is at a discount and you can get great bargains.

Night Life:

Altinkum literally vibrates in summer as bars, pubs and clubs are lined in downtown Altinkum with different kinds of music and entertainment. It is not overbearing and there is something for everyone ranging from discos and lively bars to the more relaxed where you can have a quiet drink. Altinkum is as lively or as quiet as you like it. The harbour and Dolphin Square is lined with lively venues, you can also opt for one of the back street bars, which are much quieter. There are numerous restaurants and a wide range of different cuisines – ranging from English, Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Chinese to name but a few. There are plenty of Turkish speciality dishes which we recommend you try as they are delicious. If you order the Turkish dish which is cooked in a traditional clay pot you will have the full treatment of it being brought out with fire, dancing etc., something not to be missed. All are reasonably priced.

Didim Marina is launched:

.... with a big ceremony at 22 February 2007 with Transport Minister Binali Yildirim.

With budget of $50 million, Altinkum Marina will bring all year around truism for the area. Altinkum Marina has been located around the third beach area and would become the biggest marina of the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas.

Project is taken over by Dogus Group and will be complete by summer 2009. Marina's usage area will be total of 287000 m2. Marina will have yacht club, helicopter port, a capacity of 623 berthed yachts and 600 yachts in dry dock, a yacht lift for 100 to 300 tonnes and swimming pool.

Also in the facility area included with shopping centre, supermarkets, fitness centre and sport facilities, banks, petrol station, restaurants and information centre. Marina will also have a custom office for international entries. Some of the cruises and boat trips will start giving the services to there clients