Traveling around Turkey – destination #2: Özdere, the pearl of Izmir

IMG_4878Özdere, which is also known as the pearl of Izmir, is placed in the Aegean  region of Turkey. It is a fairly small, yet super-cute place. And the sea is so clean that it deserved a blue flag (“mavi bayrak”). The blue flag is known to be only given to clean, well-maintained and safe beaches.

Where there is a beautiful beach, there are many tourists. That’s why the number of people strongly varies between summer and winter: While in winter there are 15.000 residents in Özdere, the number of people rises up to 100.000 in summer (no warranty for the accuracy of the figures).

 

Have a closer look at Özdere:

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