Mobile phone coverage is excellent on the Bozburun Peninsula but calling the UK from a UK mobile phone is very expensive. If you are planning on staying a while or need to make a lot of calls you should consider purchasing a Turkish cell phone and Turkish pay as you go SIM card. The costs are a fraction of UK cell phones.more
In the next village down the peninsula from Orhaniye called Turgutkoy there is a lovely waterfall that is beautifully cool in the heat of a summer's day. It can get busy during the peak times of the day during the high season so please go first thing in the morning when you will have it to yourself.more
You will find purchasing wine and spirits is very expensive as the Turkish authorities tax alcohol highly. To avoid buying expensive local wine you can try the following: 1. Purchase wine in the airport in the UK. 2. Take a day trip to Rhodes and buy wine in the Turkish duty free on the way out or buy locally in Rhodes. 3. Buy wine locally in Simi...more
If you want to sail and explore the beautiful Bozburun Peninsula you can rent sailing yachts from Marti marina in Orhaniye if you have the necessary experience and qualifications. Sunsail operate flotila holidays for the less experienced sailors and TopYacht operate 'bare back' private yachts for the more experienced sailors.more
When you are in Turkey, you may be approached by private citizens offering to rent you their cars whilst you are on holiday. Pleasse be extremely careful in these cases as in Turkey it is the car that is insured, not the driver. You may find yourself with little insurance if you have an accident. The tourist car hire companies are very well...more
When you come to Orhaniye please ensure that you take out sufficient medical insurance as Turkey is NOT in the EU so the standard EU medial support is not available to tourists. The private hospitals in Marmaris are excellent and are extremey easy to use provided you have insurance cover.more
When you come to Orhaniye do not exchange money at dalaman airport as the exchange rate is always very poor there. Instead, if you can, bring cash and exchange it at one of the main banks in Marmaris on Mondays as you generally get a better exchange rate at the start of the week.more
Frankly, if you want a busy nightlife, head for Marmaris - there are plenty of taxis and Dolmuses heading each way. Orhaniye is much more quiet but beautiful. To check out the nightlife in Marmaris please check out the link.
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When you enter Turkey you have to purchase a tourist visa (stamp) at the airport that costs just £10 per person. These tourist visas last three months. If you find yourself spending longer in Orhaniye, a simple way to extend your stay is to take a day trip to Rhodes on the ferry from Marmaris and then purchase a new visa when you return to Turkey.more
Marmaris offers the best range of shops if you want to buy clothes, leather and carpets. The bazaars have a 'no hassle' approach to tourists so it can be fun. Expect a long hagglling session and cups of 'cay' if you are buying something expensive like a carpet.
Bee keeping is very popular in Orhaniye and a major source of income to many families. If you get chance try and buy some of the local honey that can be bought in the local shops. It may be priced at a premium but worth it and you will be amazed at the quality and variety. Late summer the bees are a bit sleepy but if you ignore them you will be...more
If you are lucky enough to be in Orhaniye the first two weeks of November you will see that the whole village is busy beating the olive trees to harvest the ripe olives. After the olives have been dried in the sun it takes about 10 days to make them ready for eating. The rest are sent to Datcha for crushing in a community effort. You have never...more
Although this is a beautiful spit of land enabling you to walk right out into the bay, please be aware that during the high season it is regularly invaded by jeep tours heading out from Marmaris. Pick your time early in the morning and later in the evening to enjoy this wonderful place on your own....
In the summer it can get very hot so please pack plenty of sun screen if you are crashing out at the beach. We have lovely warm breezes coming off the water so often the strength of the sun is masked by the warm breezes. To see the temperature now in Orhaniye and three day weather forecast, please follow the links.more
Some people like to travel without care, and take what comes. If you prefer to know a bit more about what to expect, here are some tips to help you on your way. These travel tips are for our villa guests but are very applicable to all guests coming to Orhaniye from abroad.more
Keçibükü is part of Orhaniye and its location is well understood by the locals but a complete lack of road and area signs makes it a bit tricky for outsiders to identify and locate. As you sit quietly and listen to the hum of the bees with a warm breeze blowing up the valley, it's easy to step back into a way of life largely unchanged for...more
These pictures show the local flora and fauna that can be explored in and around orhaniye. The wild flowers in spring are wonderful to see and all the local produce is organic and brought freshly to your table if you go to any of the local restaurants in the village.more