Located just near the very popular resort of Marmaris on the Bozburun peninsula, Orhaniye is a very different experience in terms of what Turkey has to offer, being more exclusive and yet opening its doors to those that know where to find quality.
The first thing that hits you when you arrive in yacht charter Orhaniye is the rural setting which takes full advantage of the stunning landscape of the region, filled with wild vegetation that seems to blend in perfectly with the isolated villas that make up yacht charter Orhaniye.
Getting in by plane is done via the Dalaman International Airport, which is 119km to the east, a trip which takes about 2 hours by car. However, before you search for car rental companies, know that there is the possibility of arriving here in a bus, which makes runs through Marmaris. The second closest airport is the one in Bodrum, only 30 minutes away by car, but smaller and with fewer carriers operating there.
If you plan on driving here, just follow the D400 road, the one coming from Dalaman airport, which is pretty much the main road to follow when entering the peninsula. The same road can be taken regardless if you’re coming from the west or from the east.
By water, the only option you have of arriving in Orhaniye is by private yacht or yacht charter since there is a local marina, the Marti marina, but there is no ferry. The closest ferry route to this location is the one in Marmaris harbor.
You’ll find that on the map, yacht charter Orhaniye is listed as “Keçibükü” or “Goat Bay”, but the locals call it “Kizkumu” which means “maiden’s sand”, a direct referral to the sand spit that reaches out into the bay and is wide enough to walk on. Legend has it that the spit was formed a long time ago when one of the local girls tried to get to her lover over the sea and stuffed her dress hem with sand but it soon ran out and she drowned.
Today, the village is split into 2 parts, both of which are very pleasant and suitable for visiting: the valley of the Keçibükü and the actual town which is made up of house, the restaurants and the marina.
The accommodation here is very varied and ranges from pensions, motels and apartments to luxury villas and bungalows. These offer a wide range of services to yacht charter guests based on their budget and on their preferences.
When you’ve settled in, it’s time to head on down into town and grab a bite to eat. Culinary speaking, you’ll find in yacht charter Orhaniye a varied menu starting with typical Turkish food and ending with fancy European dishes made with fresh sea food caught locally by fishermen. If you want to cook for yourself, there is a weekly local market where you can pick up fresh produce.
As soon as you’ve tired of the settlement, it’s time to move out into the countryside for some outdoor activities, such as off road tours and sailing trips along the coast.