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Ozdere is a charming fishing village with beautiful sandy beaches and it is situated on the Aegean coast in the south western area of Turkey. During the last ten years or so it has developed into a very popular quiet holiday resort town but with its central location between the busier holiday hot spots of Cesme and Kusadasi, it really is an idyllic place to spend your holiday.
The nearest airport which serves Ozdere is Bodrum International Airport which is only a thirty minute drive from Ozdere. Many of the major airlines operate flights into Turkey including Easyjet, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines. The actual flying time from the UK to Turkey is very dependent on your departure airport but varies between four and five hours. Please check your passports as the authorities in Turkey require all UK visitors wishing to enter their amazing country to hold a passport which is valid for at least three months before they plan to travel.
There are lots of package holidays available to Ozdere with competitive air fares and accommodation offers. Transfer from the airport in Bodrum to Ozdere is straight forward as there are numerous taxis and coaches for hire outside the arrivals building. Those of you travelling on package holidays will be met by a representative from your tour company and escorted by them on the coach journey to your final destination.
As this is a such a popular resort, the accommodation provided is extremely varied from luxury hotels to pensions and an assortment of apartments and villas to rent for the self catering holidaymaker.
One of Ozdere's attractions is that everything is within walking distance. The golden sandy beaches in Ozdere stretch for miles along the shimmering clear Aegean and as the water is very shallow, it is a very safe area for children and those of you who cannot swim.
Relaxing on a sun bed soaking up the glorious Turkish sunshine is really the way to unwind, however, there are water sports available including sailing and snorkelling. Taking a short walk from the town you will find a coastline with several forests which give it a natural rough outline, however, the many Mandarin plantations do tend to soften the ruggedness of the area.
There are several restaurants here where you can try local traditional dishes or go for international cuisine and the fish and seafood restaurants which overlook the Aegean Sea are renowned. There are supermarkets, post offices, pharmacies and doctors all centrally situated as well as several internet cafes.
The nightlife in Ozdere is quite hectic but clubbers seeking all night discos to party the night away need to hop on a dolmus into either of the neighbouring towns of Cesme or Kusadasi which are both buzzing when the sun has gone down.
The dolmus is a Turkish mini bus which provide a regular service throughout the local area. As long as there is room on the mini bus, the helpful drivers will stop along the road for you if you raise an arm. To cover greater distances, there are many car hire companies or if you do not wish to drive yourself organised tours are available. Many of the local taxi drivers will take you on a sightseeing tour but you must negotiate a fare with them before your journey commences.
At the weekends, Ozdere hosts an open air market where you can buy locally produced herbs, spices and fresh produce as well as leather goods and ceramics. There are an array of boutiques and shops in Ozdere but both Cesme and Kusadasi are excellent places to visit for some bargains.
The gold jewellery in Turkey is particularly good value and the designs of the gold are really different and attractive. Haggling is practised in Turkey and shopping trips are very entertaining as you barter with the shopkeeper or market stall holder attempting to arrive at a price which is satisfactory to all parties. Experts in the art of retail therapy will of course check the prices at two or three outlets before committing to buy.
Turkey is a country steeped in history and there are many places of interest to visit especially Ephesus. Ephesus is the well preserved ruins of an ancient Roman settlement and it really does provide an insight as to how life was in those days from the communal loos to the library. The nearby town of Cesme has a Genoese fortress surrounding it and this too is a fascinating place to wander around in as it is now also used as a museum detailing the history of the area.
Pamukkale is a superb site as it rises majestically layer by layer from the ground. The calcium deposits contain pools of different sizes all of which are filled with thermal waters. Take your swimming things with you here as the more energetic amongst you will soon clamber to the top where the views of the surrounding countryside are stunning.
Although a relatively new holiday resort, Ozdere is another jewel in Turkey's crown with its superb beaches, charming old town with quaint little streets to wander around and relaxed atmosphere that draws holidaymakers back time and time again.