Ortakent is a popular holiday town located on the middle south coast of the Bodrum peninsula, just after Bitez. The resort is also situated on the intersection point of the road leading to all other resorts on the Bodrum peninsula. Ortakent is famous for its warm waters, sandy beach and mandarin gardens. In the past there were two villages in the are called Yahsi and Ortakent. After 1999, they were merged and called as Ortakent town.
Top Things to Do & See in Ortakent
Ortakent beach, the Coves, Water Sports
Ortakent coast is the second longest one after Bitez coast. It has a long beautiful beach where also variety of water sports available. Ortakent is also popular for windsurfing lovers.
Ortakent is famous for its beautiful beaches. The blue flagged Yahsi Beach and Camel Beach are the two most famous beaches in Ortakent. Here you can take diving and windsurfing lessons.
The nearby Yahsi bay, with its clean sea and sandy beach, is another good alternative for sea lovers.
Ortakent Bay Video Tour
Bodrum Aqua Park
The Bodrum Aqua Park is one of the most popular and the biggest water parks on the Bodrum Peninsula. It is located in Ortakent. Once known as Dedeman Water Park, now it serves with its new operators, new managers, and new team since 2018 with a brand new name and quality of service.
It covers an area of 35,000 square meters, and has started to provide the best service to its guests with its superior quality many water slide systems, activities, restaurants and more. Bodrum Aqua Park is open every day between 10:00 and 17:00.
Address: Bekiroglu Str. No:6, Ortakent, Bodrum
Tel: +90 252 316 68 88 , +90 533 510 82 95
Fun Town Yahsi Park
The Fun Town Park is one of the most popular theme parks on the Bodrum Peninsula. It is located in Ortakent. You’ll find great attractions at the park from horse riding and children’s playgrounds to go-karts, paintball, table tennis, racing fields and sports fields.
Address: Hortme Str. No:9, Ortakent, Bodrum
Tel: +90 549 327 10 30
Dibeklihan Culture and Art Village
Dibeklihan Culture and Art Village is a culture and art center in Ortakent, famous for its great art galleries, antique shops, event areas, boutiques and handmade souvenir shops.
Address: Yakaköy Çilek Str. No.46/2, Ortakent, Bodrum
Tel: +90 532 527 76 49
Boat trips along the stunning coastline of the Bodrum peninsula coasts is one of the best things to do in Bodrum. Bodrum coasts are very rich in color with jagged rocks and bright trees, as well as contrasted against the clear, turquoise sea. You’ll definitely experience the beautiful coasts by visiting the various bays by boat.
The tour guides will tell you where you can safely jump into the crystal clear waters to swim and snorkel. You’ll come across plenty of fish and other marine life, and when back on board, you’ll dry off while enjoying the sun. Continue reading…
You can also have a day out to see the popular sights and historical sites on the Bodrum peninsula, including the Bodrum Windmills on the hills between Gumbet and central Bodrum, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Myndos Gate and an ancient Amphitheater in central Bodrum, and the ruins of Pedasa.
Daily Tours & Excursions
For the ones who will not want to spend their Ortakent holidays on a routine day out at their hotels, than attending to daily tours and excursions is one of the best options to experience and enjoy the stunning landscapes and natural beauties, crystal clear turquoise sea, historical sites, and charms of the Bodrum peninsula.
Variety of all inclusive daily boat trips, cycling, 4×4 Off-road Safari, Quad & Buggy Safari, scuba diving, day trips to Ephesus, Pamukkale and Dalyan are the top selling and the most popular excursions and daily tours from Bodrum. Continue reading…
Shopping – What to Buy?
You’ll find great shopping alternatives from popular outdoor markets, supermarkets, antique and handicraft shops to lovely stores in Ortakent. Jewelry, leather, carpet, rug, clothing, traditional tastes, authentic clothes and hand made items, as well as pretty souvenirs are the most popular things to buy in Ortakent. Ortakent’s local market is also ideal for shopping fresh fruit and vegetables.
In addition, you can visit the street markets on the Bodrum peninsula and find all kind of goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as brand clothes, etc. Popular ones are held in Gumbet on Sundays, and central Bodrum on Tuesdays.
Eating Out – What to Eat?
You can experience and enjoy the Aegean and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as authentic Turkish cuisine and the flavor of the sea at the plenty of restaurants and cafes along the town center and beach promenade of Ortakent.
Fresh caught fish is popular. Traditional mezes with yogurt, aubergine, pepper, tomato and olive, bergamot jam, stuffed squash blossoms, Turkish kebab and all kind of seafood are popular dishes you can taste in Ortakent.
Yarbasan Resturant is a popular restaurant famous for its spread breakfast. You can spend a pleasant time with your loved ones in this place. Ortakent Simitcisi is another good place famous for its crispy bagels, trenches and fresh breads. If you like pastries, you can stop by here.
Nightlife in Ortakent
You’ll find good cafes, bars, and restaurants in Ortakent that each offer its own brand of entertainment and fun for their guests.
Accommodation – Where to Stay?
As for accommodation in Ortakent; you can find wide range of options from 3 star, 4 star, 5 star all inclusive hotels and family friendly hotels, apartments, holiday villages, holiday villas and apartments to choose from standard packages to deluxe residences. See;
We also recommend you make your hotel search and book online via the world’s biggest online hotel booking websites. You can get really good discounts and find the best prices with a match.
- Trivago Ortakent Bodrum Hotels (Trivago claims that they guarantee the best price with their price matching system)
- Agoda Ortakent Bodrum Hotels (Agoda claims that if you find the same hotel cheaper elsewhere, they will refund the difference)
How to Get to Ortakent?
Ortakent is situated on the middle south coast of the Bodrum peninsula, about 13 km. from central Bodrum, and 47,6 km. from Bodrum Milas Airport (BJV).
Getting to Gumbet from Bodrum Milas Airport
The HAVAS Airport Shuttle operates between the airport and Bodrum city center. Following the route Guvercinlik, Torba road and Bodrum Intercity Bus Terminal in central Bodrum in order, it takes about 45 minutes and costs 17,50 TL.
And you should take a taxi or dolmus (minibus) to get to Ortakent from the Bodrum city center. Dolmus (minibus) takes about 15 minutes to reach Ortakent.
Taxi fare from Bodrum city center to Ortakent is about 60 TL, and about 130 TL from Bodrum Airport to Ortakent.
This is by far the best, the most preferred, convenient, safe and fastest option to get to Ortakent from Bodrum Airport. Especially if you are a group or a family with kids or have lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend private shuttle transfer. They offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer to your hotel in Ortakent.
The HAVAS airport shuttle will bring you to at the Intercity Bus Terminal of Bodrum, and you’ll need to take a taxi or minibus from there again, which will be harder for you to travel with your family or luggage. But a private shuttle transfer will drive you just to the entrance of your hotel.
The driver also meets you inside the airport terminal with your name written on a plate. And he accompanies you for the transfer and also he helps you with your luggage like where to take them and even carry them to the shuttle. And as there is a fixed price, you will not have to worry or deal with price calculations.
We highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel.
It offers low-priced, fixed rate private shuttles that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance. Their large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses can match any need while ensuring quick and safe travels to and from Bodrum airport (BJV).