The name Ortakent translates to "middle city" and this is reflective from its location inland from the sparkling beauty of the Aegean coastline. Many people write it off as a holiday destination as it is better known for being a centre of business rather than a tourism hub. Even though it does have business qualities, there is an area of Ortakent on the outskirts known as Yahsi and this is where you will find a long sandy beach to soak up the rays of the Turkish sun.
If the aim of your holiday is to discover the true traditions and culture of Turkey, Ortakent is well worth a visit if even only for the day. Gardens are brimming over with citrus fruits and the long coastline of the Yahsi area makes this destination a picture perfect postcard. As tourism is still being developed, the next ten years will see Ortakent become known for its beauty rather than its business credentials.
Where is Ortakent?
Ortakent is located 14km from Bodrum town center and can be reached in half an hour by using public transport. From Bodrum airport, the transfer time is approximately one hour and it can be reached by following the D330 (Mugla highway). Ortakent is well sign posted from all nearby locations on the main highway of the D330.
There is not a wide choice of hotels in the Ortakent area and private rentals are becoming popular. If you need to be centrally located, you should choose a hotel in the Yahsi as this is where the beach, bars and restaurants are located. Most hotels are around the three star rating and mainly operate on a bed and breakfast basis. There is also the choice to rent holiday villas that are remote and this often this comes with car hire so you can reach all local amenities within ten minutes.
Things to do
Wednesday is when Ortakent comes alive for the local market and you can pick up some great bargains.
The Dedeman Aqua Park is just over 1km away and is thrilling fun for the kids.
See the windmills of Yalikavak located just thirty minutes way.
Ortakent is great for a visit at any time of the year apart from the months of December to March as rainfall is exceedingly high at these times. If you want to explore, humidity and the temperature is mild during the months of April, May, June, October and November.
Beach lovers will delight in learning that temperatures in the months of July, August and September are perfect for ensuring you return home with a golden sun kissed tan. For up to date weather reports on the Bodrum region, follow our weather page.
Nightlife and Eating out
The Yahsi section of Ortakent is where most of the restaurants serving a variety of cuisines are located. Everything you need to satisfy your appetite is on their menus.
They will also provide light hearted entertainment. There is an active nightlife however due to Ortakent being more popular with Turks than foreigners the music is generally not western. If you want to listen to the well-known American singers, you should head to the nearby resort of Gumbet which is more popular with foreigners.
While the trend on property for sale in Ortakent is focused on new and modern properties there are still a lot of resale properties available so you should shop around as the choice is there. Old stone villas that need renovating are popular but those looking to purchase an apartment or studio will find the selection to view is very small.
Long term summer rentals are also popular with visitors to the area so take a look at our comprehensive list of rental and sales agents dealing in the Ortakent area.