Turn up the volume
Bar Street in Ortakent is your very own local strip containing some of the best clubs you’ll find on Turkey holidays. This happening place has countless bars and clubs that’ll keep you partying all through the night.
If it’s the laid-back lifestyle that suits you then Ortakent isn’t all party, party, party. Chilled-out restaurants line the seafront, so taking a trip to the coast – a shuttle-bus ride away – could be exactly what you need for the perfect evening out.
Exciting local culture nearby
Bodrum City is a 20-minute bus journey – or an easy drive – from Ortakent, and once you arrive you’ll be treated to an incredible, vibrant centre, which boasts both Turkish traditions and modern tourist attractions. It’s said that Bodrum’s nightlife is actually louder than Istanbul’s, with clubs and bars lining many of the picturesque streets.
If it’s the more relaxed side of Turkish life you’re after then settle down at a mezze bar and share some tasty local cuisine, or grab a rich, dark coffee at a Turkish tea house. There’s a 15th-century castle, which contains the fascinating Underwater Archaeology Museum. Alternatively, a little shopping trip is always on the cards in Bodrum City, with people flocking from all around the region to have a browse.
Countless yacht masts rise skywards from Bodrum City harbour, a sign of its popularity among travellers in the area. People staying here adore it for its amazing beach culture as well as its party lifestyle. The fascinating thing about this area of the coast is that it moves from busy beach, to secluded cove, and back again with ease. Spots like Torba feel like they’ve barely been discovered.
A trip to Bodrum’s capital also yields plenty of culture and local history, including access to one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in the world, Ephesus. This incredible relic is a tourist hotspot and allows visitors to walk between classical buildings, many of which stand as firm today as they did in the 10th century BCE.
A local waterpark
Turkey’s biggest waterparkis in Gumbet – between Ortakent and Bodrum City – and boasts some of the most exciting attractions in the country. Kids and adults all love Aquapark Dedeman, with hundreds flocking here to ride the kamikaze slides before dropping into the whirlpools with screams of delight. This is a magnificent day out for the whole family.
If you’re looking for a place to relax while the little ones have fun, don’t worry. The Aquapark also has plenty of sun terraces with great places to chill out and catch a tan while you finish off your book. Plus, a restaurant and snack bar make for a delightful spot of lunch when you need a little break from the action.