Orhaniye Village is a small, picturesque, rural village, situated 25 minutes from Marmaris, on the Bozburun Peninsula, Turkey.
The village is spilt into 3 main areas; the beachfront with its restaurants, tea houses and pensyions (B&B's). The rural area to the left of the main road, where most of the locals live and Kecibuku, a sub-village off the main road.
Most of the locals farm their land for a living, which includes bee-keeping, orange, olive, mandarin and pomegranate groves, peanuts, herbs and general livestock farming. The village is very green thoughout the year due to the abundance of artesian water in the area. In fact there is an artesian spring very close to Villa Han and you will often see the locals walking past the villa, with water bottles in hand.
The main residential area is a real step back in time; farmers still walk laden donkeys, kids play football on the “main” road and many people working in the fields. This area is essentially a fertile valley with tall pine-clad mountains rising up on three sides.
The beachfront, which is a 25 minute walk from the villa, boasts a number of quality restaurants such as Orhaniye Incir, Club Mistral (next to Marti Marina) and some terrific local lokantas on the main road like Coban Restaurant.
The beach used to be accessed by a small road, immediately next to Coban, down to the relaxing beach area, perfect for the kids to swim. There is a selection of simple beachside restaurants (Oneiro, Mavi Yengec, KaptanKoy...) all with relaxing areas and a beach to choose from. Directly in front of the beach is a small island with the remains of Bybassos Castle. Road access is now 1km further long the road - restaurant signs indicate where to turn off.
The beachfront area also includes Kizkumu Beach, which has a sand spit reaching some 500 metres out into Orhaniye Bay; walking along this spit is a very popular pastime and gives the impression that people are walking on water. This beach can get very busy, it's ideal to visit early in the morning or during sunsets to avoid the crowds. There are many other small bays and beaches for holiday makers to explore. Orhaniye, with it's excellent natural anchorage, is also very popular with yachties.
The Saturday market, which is a must-do, is located in the parking area in front of the Mayor’s Office on the main road. Just look for the large white awnings – it’s impossible to miss! You can buy everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to clothes, shoes, DIY and gardening tools and the tastiest olive oil, olives, white cheese, village bread and farm eggs. Watch the locals haggling, drinking cay and discussing village politics!
Come and visit Orhaniye for a quality villa holiday at Villa Han and enjoy the local way of life, the food, the views and the peace and quiet.
Bozburun Peninsula - The general location for Villa Han. A short drive from Marmaris, but a wonderful area to experience the real Turkey. Covered in Pine, Almond and Olive Trees that provides a vital source of income to the local population.
Building restrictions are very tight on the Peninsula, hence the minimal number of hotels and holiday villas along this part of the coast.
Other villages along the peninsula include the coastal villages of;
- Bozburun (Lovely harbour, famous for boat building and a great angle on the setting sun for an aperitif!)
- Sogut (Fishing village and quite off the beaten track)
- Serce Liman (A one-taverna isolated bay, reached from Tasilica, very isolated!)
Also the rural towns of;
- Hisaronu (Sunsets, sandy beaches, sailing)
- Orhaniye (Farms, honey, yacht anchorage, famous Kizkumu sandspit)
- Bayir (Huge wishing tree and gateway for Çiftlik Beach)
- Turgut (The local carpet factory, lots of carpets and educational for the kids)
- Tasilica (Incredible views out to sea going up the hillside from Sogut!)
Marmaris - A bustling and cosmopolitan tourist hub that services the whole region. 35 minutes drive from Villa Han. Great for shopping, cafes, pubs, nightlife, shopping, beach water sports, water parks and some very nice restaurants in Netsel Marina. Did I mention shopping!!?
In the past 2 years the local council have spent millions of lira paving and transforming the sea front area and "boardwalk". You can literally walk for miles along the waters edge, passing restaurants, shops and boats galore. In the evening the harbour area is full of colour, conversation and carpets! There are many quality restaurants along the waterfront including;
- Bono Marina - modern euro style bistro
- Yunus Cafe - as above
- Neighbours - unassuming frontage but a great fish restaurant
- Pineapple - quality restaurant & service in Netsel Marina
The new park in the heart of the town has a wonderful water and light show every evening around 9pm.
Marmaris also has two waterparks which can be a good place to take the children to burn some energy off! There is also a newly built adventure park near the cruise port of Marmaris ideal for all ages. The park is perfect for families your children will love the zip line and climbing wall.