Orhaniye, Marmaris – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°45’27.7″N 28°07’44.6″E / 36.757704, 28.129050

Kale Adası
GPS : 36°45’44.3″N 28°07’31.6″E / 36.762299, 28.125438

Orhaniye is one of several bays, which make up the area called Hisarönü. Orhaniye is the perfect base to explore the Bozburun Peninsula, protected by our Government so it is completely unspoilt and a rare opportunity to experience traditional Turkish culture and hospitality in the villages along our Peninsula. Although the bay in Orhaniye is marked on sea charts as “Keçibükü” or Goat Bay, all the locals refer to it by more poetic name of “Kızkumu’”, meaning Maiden’s Sands as there is a spit of sand reaching into the bay that you can walk across.

Orhaniye is famous for this so you see people “walking on water” across the bay. The local legend claims that “A local girl who wanted to meet with her lover put some sand in the hem of her skirt and planned to fill the sea with this sand to get to her lover. However, there was not enough sand and she was drowned”. Hence, the word Kizkumu which in Turkish means “girl sand”.

Orhaniye Bay lies between points; Babaç and Tülü. This bay indents to to the south for about 1,5 Nm. The shores are densely wooded by pine trees.

Martı Marina stands on your port side at the entry. This lovely bay is dominated by the large Martı Marina. The marina provides all the services. In addition to Martı Marina you can moor for free (provided you eat there) at the dock of Zuhal’s Restaurant (just 1 Nm N of Martı Marina) and at Kadirs Restaurant at the SW tip of the bay. There are also three other restaurants at the southern end of the inlet, all with jetties, laid moorings, water and electricity and even (in some cases) free wi-fi.

Once Kale Adası is turned and coursed to the west, you come up the most adequate anchorage, providing all-round sheltering. Boats can be anchored off in 8 – 10 m. The bottom is muddy and it provides excellent holding. You can take a line ashore. There is a light and cool breeze in hot summer days. It is a cozy anchorage with attractive settings.

A newly built restaurant with pier affods adequate anchorage. Boats go stern to the piers and there laid moorings tailed on. Water and electricty are available. Provisions can be found from market behind.

A sand bank, which is formed by red sand, extends to the south for about 430 m from the coast. The tip of the bank is marked.

Also you can anchor behind the little island with the Byzantine fort.

Danger: Watch out for the very shallow region on the SE end of the bay.

The restaurants with their wooden pier on the south of the bay are also adequate anchorages. Boats go stern to the piers and pick up tailed moorings. Water and electricity can be obtained. Most provisions are found from the markets. Fuel supply is from the truck tanker.

Accommodation : Pensions, Motels, Apartments, Villas
Special Shopping : Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Cheeses, Fresh Fishes
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Clearance : Although agent facilities are available at both Martı & Palmiye, only Bozburun and Datça are the local ports of entry.
Beach : Kızkumu
Public Market : Arranged on Saturdays.
Health : Health Centers, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists

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

Akya (Lear fish), Çipura (Sea Bream), Levrek (Sea bass), Kalamar (Calamary), Palamut (Atlantic bonito), Kılıç (Sword fish), Trança (Pagry), Sinağrit (Dentex), Orfoz (Gouper), Yazılı Orkinos (Little tunny-bonito), Kalamar (Calamary), Ahtapot (Octopus), Yengeç (Crab), İstakoz (Lobster), Karides (Shrimp), Mezgit (Whiting), Mavi Mezgit (Blue Whitting), Kırma Mercan (Pandora), Çizgili Mercan (Striped bream), Barbunya (Red mullet), İzmarit (Piceral), Karagöz (Two Banded Bream), İspari (Annular bream), Lahoz (Waker), Sardalya (Gilt sardine), Has Kefal (Striped mullet), Sivriburun Kefal (Sharp noise mullet), Sarıyanak Kefal (Golden mullet), Kalın Dudaklı Kefal (Thick lipped mullet), İnce Dudaklı Kefal (Thin lipped mullet)


It is well worth visiting Bayır Waterfall 8 km and seeing some fragments from ancient Bybassos. It is believed that Bybassos City settlements were on the slopes of mountains. There are some fragments of the castle and theatre. People used to sleep for medical treatment in the temple in Eren Mountain dedicated to Hemitia, Goddess of health.

According to mythology, King Staphylus of Rhodes had two daughters, Molpadia and Partheos. One day, the King assigned them the task of protecting a newly discovered sacred wine. A few nights later, while the two girls slept, some pigs broke in, knocked over the kegs, and spilled much of the sacred wine. The girls woke up in the middle of the commotion and were overcome with grief as soon as they saw what had happened.

Fearing their father’s rage, they jumped off a cliff to their deaths. Finding them at the bottom of the precipice, the god Apollo resuscitated them both. He took Molpadia to Pazarlık,on the Gulf of Hisarönü, endowed her with medical skill, and left her to her own devices. She became known as Hemithea and a temple was erected in her name.

The sea of Orhaniye is always as flat as a sheet. The colour of the pine trees that surround the area are reflected on the sea, giving it a shade peculiar to this region. The area is so quiet that when you swim you can only hear the sound you create in the water.

Kale Adası
In the middle part, an island with a castle is spotted. This island is called as Kale Adası. In the middle part, an island with a castle is spotted. In the middle of the cove there is an island and on top of the island there are the ruins of a castle. It is believed that the castle belonged to the ancient city of Baybassos. You can get to the island by hiring a caique (small boat) and then walking to the ruins of the castle along the path. The view from here is brilliant and is worth the effort. The people of Baybassos brought water to the island from the waterfall in Turgut through aqueducts and a pipe laid under the water.

From Orhaniye there are boat tours to the Gulf of Hisarönü. There are stops at places such as the coves of Selimiye, Hisarönü and İnbükü and the island of Dişlice. The tours include lunch and last until the evening. Dişlice Island, located opposite the hill facing Hisarönü where the Robinson Club Maris Hotel, is popular for its small canyons and stone formations.

At the entrance of Orhaniye Cove there is the Keçi Bükü (inlet) where yachts moor in summer and winter and where they are maintained at the Martı Marina and the Hotel. Just next to these facilities are the ruins of an ancient monastery. It is worth seeing the mosaics in the garden.

Orhaniye is a lovely small resort on the western side of the Bozburun Peninsula. Orhaniye well known amongst the boating fraternity as it is home to Martı Marina. This is the largest marina outside of Marmaris on the Bozburun Peninsula, and is home to many private yachts as the area has some of the best sailing in the whole of the Mediterranean.

Orhaniye is split into two : The valley of Keçibükü and the houses and restaurants that straggle the road to Bozburun. The village extends inland for 2 km and consists of huddles of houses separated by open land. The pretty bay of Orhaniye contains an island with picturesque castle ruins : it is believed that the castle belongs to the ancient city of Bybassos.

Orhaniye’s claim to fame is the 600 metre long sand spit called “Kizkumu” – “Maiden’s Beach”. According to the legend, the daughter of the Bybassos King, a beautiful princess, went into the sea to escape from pirates. As she didn’t know how to swim, she filled her skirt with sand, cast this before her so she could walk on it, and tried to cross the cove. She lost her way when it got dark, and as she neared the far shore, she ran out of sand, and was tragically drowned.

In mythology Hemithea is the daughter of Staphylus king of Rhodes. He asked his daughters Molpadia and Parthenos to watch the harvested grapes but they fell asleep and boars ate the fruit. Out of fear for their father they jumped from the cliffs into the sea. Apollo saved them and took Parthenos to Barbassos where she built a temple, and Molpadia to Pazarcik, a small mountain village nearby. Molpadia is the one who is said to have the power to cure people in their sleep, so the villagers called her Hemitea and built this goddess the temple in Kastabos.

You will be puzzled by the sight of people apparently walking on the sea. Thanks to the movement of the sand there is a shallow bar in the middle of the cove that divides it in two. This ribbon, of approximately 600 metres, is called Kızkumu. There is also a legend attached to it. “A girl who wanted to meet with her lover put some sand in the hem of her skirt and planned to fill the sea with this sand to get to her lover. However, there was not enough sand and she was drowned”. By way of explanation, the word Kızkumu means “girl sand”.

The remnants of her sand pathway can still be seen. It is possible to walk out along the sand bar, whilst wading in water that is only just above your ankles. From the shore, you will appear to be “walking on water”.

Orhaniye – 110 km from Dalaman airport, 160 km from Bodrum Airport, 25 km from Marmaris, 3.5 km from Hisarönü.
Minibus : Orhaniye – Marmaris, Bozburun
Bus : Marmaris – Dalaman
Ferryboat : Marmaris – Rhodes (Greece)
Seabus : Marmaris – Rhodes (Greece)
Airport : Dalaman International Airport, Milas-Bodrum International Airport

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Orhaniye, Orhaniye Mahallesi, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Turkey

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