Ozdere, Bodrum Region, Turkey
Once a small fishing village, this beach resort offers a narrow sand and shingle beach which stretches along its coastal road, and there are a handful of shops and restaurants.
Surrounded by mandarin groves and pine forests, Ozdere is a well established and family friendly resort. Visit Ozdere for soft sandy beaches, secluded coves and turquoise waters; scenic walks in natural surroundings and easy access to the shopping, nightlife and historic attractions of Kusadasi and Ephesus. It is also just half an hour drive from Izmir Airport.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Ozdere Reviews
The long golden sands of Ozdere beach are lapped by clear and shallow crystal clear blue waters, ideal for swimming and safe for children. There are a number of smaller bays dotted along the coastline, which some of the larger resort style hotels occupy.
Things to Do
You can take a boat trip from the harbour along the coastline to a secluded cove or spend the day on the Greek island of Samos.
Activities available at the resort include cycling and hiking, pedalos and banana boats, surfing and water skiing.
Out and About
There is a good choice of bars and restaurants with international menus to suit all tastes as well as local seafood restaurants serving tasty dishes of freshly caught fish. The town has supermarkets and amenities for your everyday needs, such as a pharmacy and ATM banking.
The stalls at Ozdere Market sell local handicrafts such as jewellery and pottery, fresh fruit, vegetables and spices and this takes place on Saturdays.
Approx half an hour drive away, the well preserved remains of the ancient city of Ephesus really is a sight to behold. The library, amphitheatre and city buildings offer an impressive insight to daily life, so many centuries ago.
Adaland Aqua Park, Dolphin Park and Sea Park are located next to each other and offer plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages. The parks are open daily from May to September and located approx 30km south of Ozdere on the way to Kusadasi.
Kusadasi (36km south) offers a lively nightlife, a good variety of shopping from the designer shopping centres at the marina and the harbour, to the bazaars and street markets. Add to that the string of beaches along its coastline, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, its close proximity to Ephesus and you can see why it's a port of call for so many cruise ships.
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