Özdere, Menderes – İzmir – Turkey

GPS : 37°59’23.8″N 27°11’08.6″E / 37.989955, 27.185720

About 5 Nm NW of Kuşadası, this is a short beach with a bar and campground ashore. It seems to be a popular holiday destination, full of swimmers in the daytime, and loud music at night.

Nevertheless, it does provide shelter from the Northerly meltemi, and the waves from the west. Open to the south. Approach as close to the shore as you can. The weed bottom will give way to sand at about 5 m depth. The sand, however, is hard and may take several attempts to get your anchor to penetrate.

Health : Health Center, Polyclinic, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Hospital (İzmir, Menderes, Selçuk)
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Weekly Market
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Accommodation : Holiday Villages, Holiday Resorts, Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Apart Hotels
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Fish Restaurants
Entertainment : Bars, Discotheques, Night Clubs, Pubs
Beach : Clear water, wonderful sandy beaches, natural coves
Hair dresser
Kalemlik National Park
Public Market : Saturday
Special Shopping : Satsuma Mandarin

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


The Sanctuary of Claros is within the borders of city of Izmir, borough of Menderes, district of Ahmetbeyli, is situated in the south of Cumaovası (Menderes) and on the Ahmetbeyli Valley (Ales) which is connecting the valley to Kuşadası Bay in the south. It is 13 km to Colophon (Colophon Archaia, Colophon ‘Degirmendere’ in the north), and 1600 m to Notion in the south (Colophon by the seaside, Colophon Nova or Colophon ‘Sahil Evleri’ in the south).

Mountain Gallesion (Barbandondağ, Mountain Kale Boğazı) is in the east side of the sanctuary. Famous geographer Strabo defines this mountain and the localisation of the Sanctuary of Claros, as “then you come across Mountain Gallesion and Colophon an Ionian city and the Sanctuary of Apollo Clarios which was once a prophecy centre”. By the saying of Strabo, the Mountain Korakion (Cemetery Mountain – it was named like this because the Necropolis was there) in the west of the sanctuary was to be reached after Colophon.

Ales (Creek of Ahmetbeyli) which runs along the west side of the sanctuary curves at a distance of 500 m to the District of Ahmetbeyli and reaches to the sea curving to the south. Pausanias names Ales as “Ales in Colophon” and defines it the coldest river in Ionia. He tells that the cold water of Ales is in the poems of elegiac poets. Again Pausanias says that “There is a grove of ash tree of god Apollo near Ales in the land of Colophon (Colophon at the Sea Side)”.

There are no ash trees in Claros today. It is clear that there was such grove in the period of Pausanias. The current vegetation cover of the valley of Ahmetbeyli is maquis and pine cover on upper parts. There were tobacco fields around the Sacred site between the years of 1950 and 1970, now citrus and mandarin tree groves have taken place of it.

The sanctuary is 1600 m north of the shore is located in front of alluvial cone of the creeks of Ahmetbeyli, Beynamaz and Kırmızıkayalar in the eastern side of the valley. For this reason, the sanctuary has been totally covered by the alluvial deposits from the creeks of Ahmetbeyli and Kırmızıkayalar after it was abandoned in the 4th century A.D. The Byzantine Period which is the latest phase of cultural layer of the sanctuary is underneath 4.5 m thick alluvial crust today.

Özdere – İzmir 70 km, İzmir Menderes Airport 45 km, Menderes 40 km, Seferihisar (Teos) 40 km, Çeşme 150 km, Urla 80 km, Selçuk (Efes, Virgin Mary Monestry) 35 km, Kuşadası 40 km.
It is located approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of Kuşadası and 40 kilometres (25 mi) to İzmir.
Town is on the Kuşadası – Selçuk – Seferihisar – Urla road.
Minibus : Özdere – Menderes, Selçuk, Kuşadası
Bus : Özdere – İzmir, Kuşadası
Airport : İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport

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