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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.
Hot summer highs and mild winters.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB).
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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.
For many, holidays to Özdere are all about the beach; there are miles and miles of shoreline to enjoy. The village sits in a sheltered bay, and its calm, shallow waters make it a great spot for families. The golden sands are soft and clean, and this is the ideal place to unwind in the sunshine. If you fancy a change of pace after all that hard work relaxing, try your hand at all kinds of watersports; how about sailing or snorkelling? Natural pine forests provide a beautiful backdrop for a day at the beach.
While you’re here, it’s well worth taking time to get to know this former fishing village. Head for the charming harbour in search of freshly caught fish; grilled seabass is a highlight, served with a hint or lemon. And if you want to try a heartier dish, go for the spicy kofte kebabs in a family-run restaurant. Fancy a spot of bargain hunting, or picking up some fresh produce for yourself? The outdoor market in the centre of town is a popular spot with the locals. You’ll find handmade crafts and Turkish gold and silver galore, so it’s a great place to pick up a souvenir or two, but be prepared to haggle!
Just a half-hour trip from Özdere Turkey, you’ll discover one of the best-known sights in the area: the ruined city of Ephesus. Dating as far back as 3,000BC, this UNESCO World Heritage site attracts visitors from far and wide. Look out for the impressive Temple of Artemis and head up to the Roman amphitheatre if you want to enjoy spectacular views over the coast and beyond. If you’re a history fan, you could also take a boat trip over to the Greek island of Samos. You’ll discover a pretty old town here, which is home to the Samos Archaeological Museum.
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.
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.
Visa & health: Before holidays to Özdere, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for visa and health recommendations. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
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.
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.
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.