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OZDERE

Ozdere is a Turkish coastal settlement and resort town in the Menderes district of Izmir Province, along the Aegean Sea coast. It has a permanent population of around 15,000 people, which can rise to nearly 100,000 during the summer as a result of its popularity amongst tourists.

It is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of the nearby resort town of Kuşadası and 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the south of Izmir, the provincial seat. The town is situated within close proximity to numerous historical sites and is accessible via the Kuşadası-Selçuk-Seferihisar-Urla provincial road.

The area was settled and cultivated long before Turkish administration of the area, which is reflected in the several historical names the town once bore. During the Ottoman period the town was known as Kesri, and it was not until the 1960s that the village underwent a considerable increase in density and population and started to be generally referred to by its current name, Ozdere. On June 3, 1979, a municipality was established in Menderes district under this name, with the official borders of the town being drawn. As of 2015, it was unincorporated as a result of the municipality's dissolution in 2008