Ortakent is one of the oldest towns on the Bodrum peninsula – so expect bags of old-school Turkish charm served up alongside glorious sandy beaches. The town boasts stunning mountain views and is surrounded by picturesque olive and tangerine groves. Head down to the beachfront and you’ll find mile after mile of golden sands running all the way to neighbouring Yahsi.
This beautiful stretch of coastline is especially popular with watersport lovers and you’ll find a wide selection to try. Ortakent’s location on Turkey’s western coast means there’s usually a refreshing breeze blowing, ideal for cooling things down on a hot sunny day or for trying your hand at the most popular local watersport – windsurfing. While the town has plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy, the cultural delights (and buzzing bars) of Bodrum are also within easy reach. You’ve basically got it all haven’t you?
The bustling port city of Bodrum is famous for its nightlife. From pavement cafes to exclusive clubs, you’ll find this endless selection of fun just 10km from Ortakent. Bodrum is a stylish place with great boutiques and an elegant marina. Whether you want to relax by the sea or explore Bodrum’s castle and ancient ruins, this beautiful white-washed city is a popular hotspot for good reason.
The long sandy beach at the modern destination of Gumbet is undoubtedly one of the best in the area. It’s the ideal place for beach lovers who want to while away sunny days on the sands or try their hands at some watersports. When the sun goes down, lively Gumbet has everything from family-friendly restaurants to buzzing all-night clubs and bars.
The traditional town of Gundogan lies a short drive north of Ortakent. Here you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere amongst the olive groves. Soak up some sun on the unspoilt beach or some authentic Turkish culture in the town’s harbourfront cafes and restaurants. The 9th-century Byzantine monastery is a tranquil place to explore, with stunning views out to sea. And if you want to try something altogether more different, why not hop on a boat and travel out to Big Rabbit Island to explore its ancient ruins?
Visit the Tower Houses
We think no trip to Ortakent is complete without taking in the town’s most famous sights, the 17th century Tower Houses (or Kule Ev). These imposing castle-like buildings are dotted throughout the town and are completely unique to the area. Originally built to allow the town to keep watch for unwelcome ships heading their way, some Tower Houses have now been transformed into tiny one-room hotels, perfect for a romantic night with a twist.
Dedeman Aqua Park
Ortakent’s water park offers extensive family fun. With no fewer than 23 waterslides and a great selection of pools and rapids, Dedeman Aqua Park has plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. You’ll find sunbeds to relax on and restaurants serving tasty refreshments, ensuring you’re well-catered for the whole day long.
Bodrum Golf Club
Take the opportunity to practise your swing in the glorious Turkish sunshine at Ortakent’s golf club. The green might be small (with just five holes) but it’s perfectly formed and a great place to introduce less experienced golfers to the game. There’s also a driving range and a peaceful Club House set amongst beautiful surroundings.
Ortakent’s long golden beach is 3km south of the centre of town but can be easily reached by hopping on a dolmus (Turkish taxis or minibuses) if you don’t fancy the walk. Once you reach the shore, you’ll be treated to soft sands and some of the cleanest waters in Turkey. The waves of the Aegean Sea are fairly choppy here, making Ortakent a popular spot for windsurfing. The main beach, Fink Beach, boasts 3km of lively beach with watersports, sunbeds and beach cafes all on hand.
Head east to the quieter Stone Beach if you love to sunbathe in peace and quiet, but if you’d rather mix it up with some more action a trip to Kargi or Camel Beach is the way forward, here you can treat yourself to the unique experience of riding camels on the beach. There’s also some great souvenir shops and cafes, as well as a lovely (camel-free) sunbathing beach.
Turkish food combines a flavourful mash-up of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences to produce some classic dishes - from kebabs to Turkish delight. Try a breakfast of kahvalti, made from fresh bread, honey and clotted cream, washed down with that famously strong Turkish coffee. For lunch, it doesn’t get better than tasty barbequed meats or the popular Turkish pizzas (pides). The Turks have a sweet tooth so you’ll find plenty of sugary treats, from the unique ice cream to sticky baklava. And to drink? Try the national drink, Raki, or the cooling yoghurt beverage, Ayran.
Ortakent has a great mix of eateries from traditional Turkish to good old British grub. Head to the coast for the best of the seafood restaurants, with some establishments seating diners right on the sands. What better accompaniment to your meal than the sounds of waves lapping the shore? For an exclusive dinner, try Ortakent’s glamorous beach clubs or for something more down-to-earth, you’ll find no end of relaxed family restaurants serving delicious Turkish cuisine. If you have international tastes, you’ll also find cuisine from Indian to American on offer.
Holidays to Ortakent are all about enjoying the sunshine amongst gorgeous scenery. From the rolling hills to the long sandy beaches, this attractive town is the ideal spot for a fun family holiday or a relaxed beach getaway. Discover the fascinating history of one of the area’s oldest towns, take advantage of the warm winds with some windsurfing or head into nearby Bodrum for some wild parties.
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