Shopping is good for the soul
If you want to go shopping once the heat of the day has cooled off, then Altinkum's night market at Mavisehir offers an easy solution. On the outskirts of the town you'll be able to pick up many original souvenirs to take home – wonderful pottery and leather goods are all on sale here. Just remember to haggle, though don't worry if your Turkish isn't up to much, since bargaining is an international language and you'll find that most of the stall holders understand English.
When looking for even more bargains, the shops and stores along Ataturk Street will provide you with hours of fun. Jewellery is always among the items on offer, as are leather goods and designer clothes – expect to find some high quality fakes here as well.
The Saturday market in Altinkum is the place to source a souvenir or simply wander around and admire the goods on sale. This market sells high-quality pashminas, fantastic leather bags and shoes as well as exotic fruit and vegetables. Unsurprisingly, this is also one of the best places to buy some Turkish Delight as a souvenir of your stay here.
Explore the Aegean Sea
You don't simply have to stay on dry land to get the most out of your holiday. You can book a boat tour from one of the many companies on First Beach and spend a wonderful day exploring the nearby coastline.
The fun doesn't stop with boat trips – there are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and diving in the calm sea waters. IMX Tours, based in Altinkum, is the place to find out more about boat tours and watersports opportunities.
Take a trip to Didim
If you want a break from the sea and Altinkum's lively cafes and bars, the ancient ruins at Didim are only 10 minutes away. You'll be able to visit the ruins of Apollo's Temple, which date back to the 10th century BCE.
Didim is also famous for its annual Peace Festival, when there's a music festival on the beach as well as folk dancing and boat races. This event is traditionally held towards the end of August.
If you're visiting Didim during the winter months you can always check out the camel wrestling tournament. This ancient sport has only recently been revived and provides a form of entertainment that's curiously enthralling.
Eating and drinking in Altinkum
Part of the fun of any holiday is exploring the local bars and clubs in order to taste some fantastic food and enjoy a refreshing cocktail or beer. Altinkum's nightlife is legendary – the town's even got a Lineker's Bar where you can enjoy music, drinks and food at competitive prices. The harbour end of town is the best place to catch other late night entertainment, but the bars here aren't suitable for children.
Dolphin Square is an excellent destination if you're looking for somewhere to eat with the whole family during the day. Expect to find plenty of restaurants serving standard English cuisine as well as traditional Turkish meals. If you can't start your day without a hearty bacon and eggs, there are many cafes and restaurants that'll be able to satisfy your needs. Even on All Inclusive Bodrum holidays however, the majority of hotels here serve a wide variety of dishes to suit everyone's tastes.