Turkey is one of my favourite places in the world. Don’t ask me what it is about the place, as I’ve never been able to quite put my finger on it, yet it has me hooked. One of my favourite resorts is the chilled-out town of Altinkum.
Perfectly situated between the bustling town of Bodrum and the party central of Kusadasi, Altinkum is the perfect choice for those wanting a beach holiday, with plenty of night-life thrown in for good measure.
These days, you’ll find plenty of great value flights heading over to Turkey, with many low-cost airlines getting in on the action. Be sure to cut costs even further by pre-booking great value airport extras, such as Luton Airport parking from Holiday Extras, for flights out of the capital. Most large UK airports offer this fantastic service, including airports north of the border, with Glasgow airport parking great value for money.
The downside to any flight into Turkey is that, more often than not, you’ll have a lengthy transfer. The coach ride from Bodrum airport to Altinkum takes around 70 minutes, but thankfully, the destination is well worth it.
The first place I’d be heading is the beach, and Altinkum has a beautiful, wide, sandy beach to waste a few afternoons on. There are two beaches at either end of the town, and each has water-sport opportunities and safe waters for children. Kick back and relax with the sun beating down, or alternatively, I’d highly recommend jumping on a boat trip, for a different take on the coastline.
Altinkum itself doesn’t have much in the way of things to visit in resort; other than the beach, it’s mainly about excursions and exploring the surrounding area. I’d highly recommend a jeep safari, as not only is this great fun, but you get to explore traditional villages at the same time, and see the beautiful countryside too. The cotton-candy landscape of Pamukkale isn’t too far away, as well as ancient Ephesus. Want more? Well, nearby Bodrum is certainly worth a visit, if only for the views from the castle.
Turkish markets are certainly an experience, but it’s one that any visitor must have. Nearby Didim has a market every Saturday, so head down there and haggle, haggle, haggle! There are many bargains to be had, and once you get into the haggling routine, it’s surprisingly easy. The atmosphere, colours and smells are intoxicating, so be sure to add the market experience to your to-do list.
Night-life in Altinkum is varied, colourful, but never as rowdy as some of the neighbouring resorts, such as Kusadasi. Most of the night-life in terms of bars and clubs is located down near the harbour, but before you hit the bars of Altinkum, be sure to line that stomach. Turkish food is delicious, plentiful and very cheap, so if you’re into trying traditional cuisine, this is for you. Kunefe is one of my favourite deserts in the world, so I’d suggest you sample that one! Alternatively, there are plenty of international menus around town, so nobody is going to starve.
I don’t have a bad word to say about Turkey, and Altinkum is certainly a wonderful resort to visit. Cheap and cheerful, but in no way tacky, you can cut costs to this Turkish delight by pre-booking those all important airport extras before you travel, such as Stansted parking, and cut out the need for those expensive airport taxis.
Lira saved before you travel – what more could you want?
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