name 'Ortakent' means 'Middle town' and, lying in the centre of
the Bodrum peninsula on the main Turgutreis-Bodrum road, Ortakent
is ideally central base from which to explore the region.
The beach is long and wide,
with cooling off-sea breezes which provide relief from the intense
summer heat and speed up the tanning process.
Between the beach and the village
lies a green, fertile valley with fig, olive and mandarin trees,
and neat market gardens typical of the agricultural backbone of
When passing through the village,
it is worth making a short detour to see the seventeenth century
'Mustafa Pasha tower', built for defensive purposes, and one of
the best surviving examples of this type of structure.