The Charm of Ortakent
Boasting one of the longest stretches of beach along the Bodrum peninsula, Ortakent provides ample opportunities for sun-worshippers to truly indulge their passion. Here, a full range of seaside activities awaits you, including boat trips across the stunning Aegean coastline, wind surfing and water skiing.
Meanwhile, for the more laidback holidaymaker, there are charming cafés in close proximity to these same crystal-clear waters, catering to beachgoers and serving up tasty local fare. A little further inland, the small town itself is famed for the warm hospitality of its people, which means that holidays in Ortakent possess a charm that is unique to the area.
Things to Do in Ortakent
The local market, which takes place every Wednesday, is an absolute treat for foodies. Here you can find a mouth-watering selection of tangerines, oranges and lemons from the nearby orchards, along with olives, herbs, and specialist cheeses. The same regional produce can be found in Ortakent's restaurants where traditional Aegean recipes are cooked to perfection.
17th century stone fortifications stand a short distance from Ortakent's centre, offering a great view of the surrounding vistas, and with popular restaurant, Adasofra, housed next door. On Sundays, a mouth-watering family style buffet is served up for the lunchtime crowd.
A small, local marina provides the departure point for chartered boat trips and this is where holidays in Ortakent can take to the waves. With flexible itineraries, and meals served on deck, you're ideally placed to enjoy the breath-taking coastal scenery, explore secluded coves and experience a memorable seagoing excursion.
Pick Your Pleasure
Holidays in Ortakent are centred on the delightful seafront district of Yahsi, allowing for easy access to its long stretch of sandy beach and stunning azure waters. Here, an excellent selection of 3 to 5-star hotels look out upon the natural splendour of the coastline and a surrounding countryside dotted with orange and mandarin groves.
Offering a wide array of amenities, and high standards of service, many of these residences are set back in attractive private grounds. Whether you want to treat yourself to a Turkish sauna or laze the day away poolside on a sun lounger, there is no shortage of ways to relax.
An Easy-going Place in the Sun
Ortakent is blessed with an enviable climate and the year from April to October sees temperatures rarely dipping lower than 70C, so topping up your tan is always on the agenda. Meanwhile, June to August finds the sunshine at its peak, with weather consistently in the 80C – 90C range, making the area a trusty destination for sun lovers.
The small town of Ortakent is one of the oldest in the south Aegean and offers a nightlife which is a little quieter than some of its neighbours. The emphasis here is on local traditions and authentic food. Although what it lacks in the way of big city bustle, Ortakent makes up for in natural beauty and human warmth; just the place to experience an authentic slice of Aegean hospitality.
Handily placed for other destinations in the area such as Bitez and a mere 12 kilometres from the port city of Bodrum, holidays in Ortakent provide an excellent base for exploring the nearby countryside and neighbouring towns. With car hire available, and taxis in ready supply, day trips or night-time excursions can be easily arranged. Ortakent is also a perfect option for those looking for the ideal all inclusive break.