Ozdere holidays are all about winding down, getting back to nature and savouring a little peace and quiet. Sandwiched between a clear blue stretch of the Aegean Sea, unspoiled forests and gently rolling green hills, this resort was just a small fishing village until recently. This history is evident in the town’s narrow, sleepy lanes, plus the traditional Turkish hospitality and warm, genuine welcome that radiates from every restaurant and little shop.
While holidays to Ozdere are for travellers looking for an easy pace of life, if you’re in the mood for a night out, lively Kusadasi is just a taxi or bus ride away. But with pristine beaches and proximity to nature, a supply of freshly caught seafood and good odds of a solid 14 hours of sunshine a day in high summer, this is the kind of holiday where your itinerary can cheerfully consist of pretty much nothing at all.
Bask on the beach
Ozdere is blessed with a string of quiet, Blue-Flag certified beaches nearby, where on a good day you can gaze out into the calm Aegean and spot dolphins frolicking on the horizon.
The beguiling ruins of Ephesus – among the wonders of the ancient world and now a Unesco World Heritage Site – are a little over half an hour away along the pretty coast road.
Take a hike
Should you feel like an active day out, the surrounding forests can provide a challenging and rewarding stroll. Set a course for the nearby satsuma farms for a fragrant and serene picnic break.