Ozdere holidays

Tucked away in a peaceful bay on the glorious Aegean coast in southwest Turkey, you’ll come across the charming village of Özdere. For many, holidays to Özdere are all about miles and miles of golden sandy beaches; the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine. And if you do want to pick up the pace, you could always give watersports a go or head into the lush green hills that surround the town. You’ll also find yourself within easy reach of the ancient city of Ephesus, which is an absolute must-see while you’re in the region.

Things to do

The beach may be your first port of call on holidays to Özdere (after all, it’s hard the resist the temptation of those gloriously white sandy shores), but if you do fancy a change of scenery, you won’t be disappointed. The village itself is a hive of activity, with its lively markets and bustling restaurants. And if you fancy taking a trip beyond the village, you’ll find a wealth of fascinating historic sights to see. You could also take a short boat trip over to a different country altogether, and hop over to the Greek islands for a great excursion.

Excellent beaches

Along a lengthy coastline full of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and stunning coves is the secluded bay of Özdere. The shallow, calm water of the Aegean Sea is every shade of green and blue and blends in with the colours of the surrounding forestry. Özdere’s soft, golden sand shelves into the crystal clear waters, which are great to explore by swimming, water sports or scuba diving. Relax by the beach and soak up the warm, Turkish sun in a location that’s a taste of paradise and just perfect for watching the striking sun setting along the horizon.

History and culture

Özdere was once a small fishing village until about 10 years ago when it began to develop into a popular tourist destination. This means that the area is full of authentic narrow streets, undamaged forests and traditional Turkish charm. Located in the southwest of Turkey, it’s one of the country’s most archeologically significant resorts, with historical sites nearby including the ancient city of Ephesus.

Nightlife

The quiet seaside town has a modest nightlife with only a small selection of bars that are open until the early hours. The atmosphere in Özdere is calm and laid-back with tradition at its heart. Expect to find an excellent selection of traditional restaurants and bars where you’ll be able to enjoy a cocktail or two, down by the sea. A popular place in Özdere for delicious seafood in the evening is The Love Square, which is a newly built promenade along the waterfront that gives spectacular views of the shimmering sea and distant Greek island, Samos.

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Beach lovers: It’s easy to laze away a day on the beautiful beaches and soak up the surrounding scenery. Little ones will love splashing around in the warm, shallow waters.

Culture fans: Seafood restaurants, quaint boutiques and bustling outdoor markets; all this and more will give you a first-hand experience of the rich Turkish culture.

Explorers: From deep green forests to unspoilt coves, there is plenty to discover in and around the resort. And you won’t want to miss the ancient city of Ephesus either.

Fast facts for Ozdere

Language: Turkish, although English is also widely spoken in the main tourist hot spots

Currency: Turkish Lira.

Local time: Ozdere is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. Transfer time to Ozdere is around 50 minutes.  

Flight time from UK: The Ozdere flight time is 4 hours.

Visas and health: If you’re a British Citizen and you’re travelling to Ozdere for a holiday, you will not need a visa unless you are planning on staying for more than 90 days in a 180-day period. If you need any more advice on Turkey visas, or entry requirements - please visit FCDO website for the latest guidance.  

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Getting around Ozdere

On foot: It’s easy to walk pretty much everywhere in Özdere. The market and beach are close to each other, so you can do a spot of souvenir shopping after an afternoon on the sand.

By bus/shuttle: There are lots of bus stops dotted around the village where you can catch a bus to neighbouring resorts. Shuttle transfers will take you to and from the airport in around half an hour.  

By taxi: You could always treat yourself to a taxi if you’re heading down to the harbour for an evening meal. Remember to ask for a price before you get in.

Events in Ozdere

Presidential Cycling Tour: Cycling fans will want to catch the Kusadasi stage of the 8-day tour in spring. It kicks off in Istanbul and winds down to the Aegean coast before finishing at Alanya in April.

Izmir International Festival: Over in the port city of Izmir, the theatres come to life from mid-June to July. You’ll find performances and concerts all over the city, and past acts have included Elton John and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Izmir European Jazz Festival: Also held in Izmir (which is a real hotspot for music), this annual jazz festival takes place every March. You can expect performances from the big names in Turkish and European jazz.

Ozdere weather

Temperature: Enjoy highs in the 30s (°C) in the peak summer months.

Best time to go: Özdere Holidays are great in spring or autumn when there’s mild weather with plenty of sunshine.

It’s mild all year round in Özdere Turkey. But summer is the hottest season of them all, when temperatures often rise into the 30s (°C) in July and August. This is the best time to visit if you want to top up your tan on the beach. Visit in spring and you’ll get to see the mandarin flowers in bloom, while enjoying peak temperatures in the 20s (°C). There’s a similar climate in autumn, too. 

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