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Budgeting

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1. Re: Budgeting

First off you get a better exchange rate over IN Turkey every time so only change a very small amour in UK literally to get you through your first few hours there.

Now we're on to the piece of string!There's a range of restaurants in Altinkum and a range of prices, depends on your tastes.Turkish predominant places are very cheap, mains from 9-10 lira.For something considered a bit fancy reckon on mains at double that at least.It's still good value.A bottle of Efes beer is roughly 5 lira.Wine is expensive in comparison due to high government tax on it.

Just to say, the Venosa is in an area called Yesilkent which is a few minutes drive into Altinkum.Dolmus stops right near your hotel.

Anything else I can help you with don't hesitate.We go in May and again in July/August.

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Lots of places change money.They'll have chalk boards outside with the rates displayed.We've always found the jewellers offer the best rates.Wine drinkers like ourselves.Got to be bit careful.Turkey grows huge acreage of grapes but vast majority are eaten as grapes or dried for cooking.Some wine is rotten but there are a few reliable names to look out for.Villa Doluca, Kavaklidere, and Sinfoni Pamukkale among them.In a supermarket a decent bottle of Turkish wine will be around 15-17 lira.Any imported ones are much dearer than home.Give the named Turkish ones a try.

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5. Re: Budgeting

We've stayed all inclusive before but still managed to spend more than we expected when venturing out. I would just take a bit of Lira for your first day and then withdraw money using a debit card while there. Check with the bank what they charge and which is better for withdrawing cash and which is better for purchasing with your card. Travellers cheques might be an idea if your bank charges a lot. The post office charge 1.5% for purchasing sterling cheques and its commission free to change them in Altinkum jewellery shops. We usually have an emergency £100 in cheques, our account card got 'swallowed' the one year, so have a back up. Don't forget money for shopping, we always get tempted by the bags/dvds/shoes/bits for the house!

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Plenty of places in Altinkum exchange money and you always get a better exchange rate that in the UK....i've changed money a few times just inside the main shopping mall in dolphin square....a small shop on the right as you go in (photography shop) and have always had a good rate of exchange and he's always given me a small lucky eye pin for luck

Enjoy the resort because it has many shops and friendly people

All the best

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7. Re: Budgeting

In Altinkum you do not have to use a Bureau De Exchange as many of the shops will exchange your UK pounds. I exchange as little as £20 a time. I have always felt comfortable using the double fronted quality jewellery shop on the east side of Altinkum. This looks toward the beach. Should you walk out off Altinkum heading east, walk up the steep road and it lies on your left hand side. Should you reach the camels you have passed it. As for walking into Altinkum pass the camels on your right and the shop lies on your right.

Going all inclusive you tend to not spend much money on dinning out, take advantage of paying the extra to experience the hotels themed restaurant. Looking at some restaurants in Altinkun it can work out a little over priced. I believe that there are some local restaurants close to your hotel. Which we intend to experience in June too. Save your money and take a dolmus from Dolphin square and head north to the local market to purchase fresh produce and clothes etc. At times both the clothing and shoes are not a bargain as they may well first seem to be. Prices have gone up and the quality has come down, Remember before purchasing look with your eyes and not your hands!!!

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Forgot to say Ephesus is a wonderful experience.

Take plenty of sun cream and drinks!

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9. Re: Budgeting

Hi would it be better to take cash to change or travellers cheques?? we are on 2 minds because I worry about carrying a lot of cash.

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10. Re: Budgeting

Hi flyingmonkey,

A nice wine is a brand called antileppe and can be found in supermarkets.

They do a nice semilon chardonay if you like white and a very nice cabernet sauvignon if you prefer red. Last year a litre bottle cost us 8,5 lira. Dont be fooled by the low price they are superb wines.

Cankaya is another nice wine but much more expensive.

This year in.Marmaris Antileppe is 11 lira and Cankya is 30 lira. You would be hard pressed to choose between them.

Norman

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