Holidays in Ozdere
Overlooking the Aegean coast, the quaint village of Ozdere lies in the south-west of Turkey. With stretches of golden sand beaches and lush green mountains, there’s plenty to explore. Discover the Roman ruins of Ephesus or find your own remote sandy cove to relax in. Make the most of Turkey in this quiet coastal resort.
Spring and summer
3 hours 45 minutes
Izmir (ADB), 51km north of the resort.
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From snorkelling in the warm waters to hiking your way through the acres of green forests – there are so many things to do in Ozdere. Head to the famous ruins of Ephesus and explore what was once the second largest Roman city. Walk through the rows of mandarin plantations, and then stop at a local restaurant for traditional Turkish dishes like lightly-spiced kofte kebabs and rich vegetable stews. Or spend your days on the golden sand beaches of the resort and soak up the sun.
You’ll find 22km of golden sand along this quiet Turkish resort. Take the kids paddling in the crystal clear waters and make the most of the water sports attractions in Ozdere. You could plunge into the clear blue Aegean Sea and snorkel along the coast. Take in the breath-taking sights of the green mountains as you parasail into the sky. Or relax on the calm waters on a pedalo. You can even explore the beaches of neighbouring Kusadasi on a short boat ride from the dock and watch the sun set on Pamucak beach.
Known as a fishing village, Ozdere has a quaint harbour is where you’ll find a range of restaurants serving freshly caught fish. Try grilled sea bass with a hint of lemon and herb or spicy urfa kofte kebabs in one of the family-run restaurants. A great place to visit in Ozdere is the Mammouth shopping centre where you’ll find boutiques selling homemade crafts, souvenirs and Turkish gold and silver goods. It’s a good idea to mix with the friendly locals at the outdoor market in the centre of town –you’re guaranteed to pick up a bargain or two to take home.
A jeep safari through the acres of green forests and mountains is one of the great things to do in Ozdere. If you’re feeling active, hike through the pine trees and discover rows of orange mandarin farms. For something really special, head out to the crystal clear waters and sail along the bay to watch dolphins swim across the coast. In the neighbouring resort of Cesme, you’ll find Turkey’s natural volcanic springs. Relax in one of the soothing mud baths – a perfect way to chill out after a long day on the beach with the kids. Or discover the Roman ruins of Ephesus, with marble columns from the ancient Temple of Artemis.
Beach lovers: Spend your days on the golden sands and splash around in the safe waters.
Culture fans: The restaurants, boutiques and bustling outdoor markets will give you a great experience of Turkish culture.
Explorers: From deep green forests to unspoilt coves, there is plenty to discover in and around the resort.
Language: The language spoken in Ozdere is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Ozdere is Turkish Liras (TRY)
Local time: Ozdere is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Izmir (ADB), 51km north of the resort
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 45 minutes
Tourist information: Further Ozdere tourist information can be found at www.gototurkey.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Ozdere. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: From 20 (°c) in autumn and spring to highs of 30 (°c) and above in the peak summer months.
Best time to visit: Spring and summer
Warm all-year round, temperatures often rise above 30 (°c) in the summer months, making it perfect for soaking up the sun on the beach. Spring is a great time to go to Ozdere, when you’ll get to see the mandarin flowers begin to bloom.
By foot: The market and beach are in walking distance of each other – perfect if you fancy a bit of souvenir shopping after some time on the sand.
By bus/shuttle: You’ll find many bus stops around the resort to take you around and to neighbouring resorts. Shuttle transfers to and from the airport will only take you around 30 minutes.
By taxi: Jump in a taxi if you fancy heading down to the harbour in the evening.
For sporty types: Catch the Kusadasi stage of the 8-day Presidential Cycling Tour kicking off in Istanbul, through to the Aegean coast and finishing at Alanya in April.
For classical theatre lovers: Watch the theatres of Izmir come to life in the International Izmir Festival from mid-June to July. Previous performers have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
For blues fans: The original music of the American South comes to Izmir for the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival every November to December.