Nestled in a peaceful bay on Turkey’s south-west coast, the small resort of Ozdere is beautiful place to escape the stresses of daily living. Life in this former fishing village happens at a deliciously relaxed pace! This pretty village has evolved over the years to become a wonderful, tranquil beach resort. You won’t find any wild nightlife here but you will find gorgeous beaches, plenty of watersports and authentic Turkish rooftop restaurants where you can watch the sun go down with a satisfied stomach.
Ozdere is home to miles of sheltered, sandy beaches lapped by the Aegean Sea. Here you can happily while away your holiday basking in the sunshine. But if sunbathing isn’t your thing, it’s also easy to get active here. Hike the hills that surround the town, take to the waves for a spot of sailing or explore the area’s historic sites. The nearby ancient city of Ephesus is also a must-see.
One of Ozdere’s closest neighbours is the bustling resort of Kusadasi. Travel there by boat or by road to enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional and modern Turkey. Browse the offerings in the Grand Bazaar or explore the colourful old town with its cobbled streets. If you’re visiting in the evening, you can expect a great night out with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
The laid-back beach resort of Cesme lies to the west of Ozdere, close the the tip of the peninsula. A lovely place to unwind and enjoy lazy beach days followed by relaxed harbourfront dining. There’s also a pretty impressive castle to explore, offering spectacular views out over the waves of the Aegean Sea.
Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, makes a great day trip from Ozdere. Famous for its picturesque waterfront promenade, Izmir has earned the nickname “The Pearl of the Aegean”. This dynamic city is an exciting place to explore, whether you want to discover its ancient history or take advantage of the easy-going nightlife scene. Don’t miss the stunning architectural feat that is the Blue Mosque.
Haggle at Ozdere Market
Ozdere is home to a fantastic Saturday open-air market. Prepare yourself to barter and you can grab a real bargain! The colourful market stalls sell everything from spices and fruit to local crafts and gold jewellery. It’s a great place to pick up souvenirs for friends back home – or simply soak up the unique sights and sounds.
Visit the Ancient City of Ephesus
Ozdere is an easy 30-minute trip from one of the area’s most well-known sights – the ruined city of Ephesus. Dating back to 3000BC, this amazing UNESCO World Heritage site is a massive draw for history fans and novices alike. The site is vast so take a guided tour if you can. You’ll take in an impressive Roman amphitheatre, the Temple of Artemis, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, and a whole host of other archaeological treasures.
Boat trip to Samos
Why holiday in one country when you can enjoy two? The beautiful Greek island of Samos is just a short boat ride away. Visit the impressive statue of Kouros, take a leisurely stroll through the pretty old town or learn more about the island’s history at the fascinating Samos Archaeological Museum. After all that sightseeing, treat yourself to an authentic (and delicious) Greek meal at one of the scenic beachfront restaurants.
Ozdere is blessed with a beautiful beach location. Sitting pretty in a sheltered bay, Ozdere Beach is popular with families thanks to its quiet vibe and calm, shallow waters - perfect for children to splash around in. The golden sands are clean, soft and the ideal spot to soak up some Turkish sunshine. You’ll find a great choice of watersports to keep things interesting – from sailing to snorkelling. Backed by the natural pine forests and boasting endless views across the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands, Ozdere’s beaches are ridiculously scenic. The sands stretch for miles along the coastline so you’re unlikely to have to fight it out for a sun lounger.
The food of Turkey celebrates flavours from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Classic dishes include those famous kebabs and sweet, perfumed Turkish Delight. We recommend an indulgent breakfast of kahvalti, made from fresh bread, honey and clotted cream, followed by sizzling lamb straight from the barbeque for lunch. After a few beers or glasses of the national Turkish drink raki, you can’t beat a mouth-watering Turkish pide - delicious flatbreads topped with anything from spiced mince to salty feta. And if you have a sweet tooth? Try the unusual Turkish ice cream or some sticky baklava topped with pistachio nuts.
Ozdere has a small but tasty selection of restaurants and cafes. In keeping with the resort’s traditional roots, you’ll find plenty of authentic Turkish restaurants where you can try the local specialities. Head down to the harbour area for fresh seafood and gorgeous sunset views or get cosy over giant sharing mezze in a family-run eatery in the heart of the town. For the best night-time views and a touch of glamour, you’ll find some excellent rooftop restaurants that are perfect for a romantic meal.
Holidays to Ozdere give you the chance to relax into a slower pace of life under the warm Turkish sun. Spend long days on the beach followed by laid-back evenings watching the sun go down over a few drinks and some delicious local food. Some of Turkey’s most interesting historical sites are right on your doorstep - if you ever feel like venturing away from this tranquil beach destination that is!
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