Özdere is a Turkish town in the Menderes district of İzmir Province on the Aegean coast. It is located approximately 33 kilometers or 21 miles west of Kuşadası and 40 kilometers or 25 miles from İzmir. It is a quiet holiday resort on the Kuşadası-Selçuk-Seferihisar-Urla road. This charming coastal resort on the Aegean Sea was called Kesri until 1965.
Today, during the summer tourist season, it hosts a population of over 100,000. In various distances from the shore there are large hotels, motels, holiday villages and pensions with a total number of beds in excess of 9,000. Tourism, the most important source of income for the people, is followed by agriculture (Satsuma mandarin oranges), animal husbandry and fisheries.
Its proximity to historical sites, Adnan Menderes Airport and the airport at Selçuk/Ephesus and the resort of Kusadasi with its sea ports catering to cruiseships. The Aegean Sea, beach, sun, forest and clean air make Özdere a place to live as well as a great holiday destination. A natural paradise with every shade of green and blue, beautiful sunsets and a vast rainbow of colors emanating from nature. Özdere is an exceptional holiday resort - whether visitors enjoy the sea, its pristine forest, exploring secluded coves or are interested in underwater fishing - Özdere was created for everyone. With surrounding tourist attractions, historical sites and its close proximity to Izmir, Özdere gives access to numerous coastal bays along a 40 kilometer stretch of coastline with very high quality sand, clear blue sea just across the gulf from Kusadasi. Yacht tours with a large proportion of domestic and foreign tourists come to Özdere for its unharried beauty.