Ortaca is one of the most beautiful districts of Muğla province. Ortaca, which is on the border of the Mediterranean and Aegean regions, is equidistant from İzmir and Antalya. It is also in the middle of between Fethiye and Marmaris; As the name suggests, it took the name ORTACA. Ortaca has a position covering all of the trade, industry, tourism, agriculture and animal husbandry, natural and historical beauty. Ortaca after Milas, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum in Muğla Province where 12 districts are connected,
It ranks 5th in the branch of Commerce and Industry. The literacy rate in our district is one hundred percent and it is a place where social and cultural activities are intense. It has a very fertile plain due to its climate and soil structure. It is a distinctive feature that people are warm and welcoming. Therefore, Dalyan, Turkey's migration from many provinces have taken and was identified as a population of 40.649. The population of Ortaca is 48 thousand 373 and it has a ratio of 49.94% women and 50.06% men.
You can reach Sarıgerme Beach, Aşı Bay Beach and Iztuzu Beach in 15 minutes from Ortaca city center. In a 30-minute period, you can reach the plateaus or the rafting center on Dalaman Stream. If you wish, by air to Istanbul Ankara; If you want, you can go to Izmir and Antalya in the morning and return to the evening.
One of the most distinctive features of Ortaca is; Compared to other touristic regions, life in the district is cheap. For this reason, people come to Ortaca for shopping from neighboring districts and towns. Even workers, officers, citizens working in other districts and towns other than Ortaca prefer their homes from Ortaca and live here.
History of Ortaca
The place where Ortaca lands was located was within the borders of Caria in Antiquity. Hz. The King of Macedonia Alexander the Great, who empire for 12 years and 8 months before the birth of Jesus, in the Hellenistic period. He was one of the greatest commanders in history between 336 and 323. B.C. Macedonian lands within the borders of Karia, captured by Alexander the Great in 334, are also Macedonians. Later, it is under Egyptian rule in Ortaca, which is located in the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts owned by the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. B.C. In 192, the territory of Ortaca enters under Roman rule. When the Seljuk Turks entered Anatolia in 1100, Turkish armies under the command of the Seljuk Ruler Alpaslan Bey in the Battle of Malazgirt in 26 August 1071; The Anatolian gates are opened to Turks after the Byzantine Emperor Romanos Diogenis and his 200 thousand soldiers are defeated and distributed. Thus, it emerges from the borders of Eastern Rome with other Anatolian regions except Istanbul in Ortaca. Seljuk Turks dominate all of Anatolia.
Between 1261 and 1451, it remained under the control of Ortaca Menteşeoğulları in the Anatolian Principalities Period. In 1451, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Ortaca, along with the Menteşe Principality, was included in the Ottoman territory. Menteşeoğlu Orhan Beyden buys the lands between Fethiye District and Ula District, Hasan Çavuş. Hasan Çavuş, the owner of the Ortaca land, bortaca_tarihu the region where the Akkuyu neighborhood is; Yellow Monopoly branch of Teke Tribe, one of the Nomadic Nomads, sells it to Cinaliler family. During the War of Independence, Ortaca was not affected by the occupation. 600 years after the breakup of the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the young Republic of Turkey established in 1923.
Ali is the name of the person who planted the camels, horses, mules and tents in the nomadic Cinaliler family. The talent of tailoring in this family, named as Dede Aliler, became famous in other villages; The name of Ortaca becomes “Tailor Aliler”. In those years, the residential area of our district is where the traffic lights at the exit of Ortaca - Dalaman today and the Government Office today. In this region, there are 2 mills, 2 coffees, mosques, police stations and a few grocery stores and a farrier. Haşim Yılmaz is the first headman.
Meanwhile, Sabri Başoğlu from Denizli bought the places where today's Ortaca center is from Hasan Çavuş family. Terzialiler village starts to grow, because it is between Muğla and Fethiye, the name of the local Terziali is ORTACA; It transmits to Muğla Governor Recai Güreli.
In 1943, the Terzians were renamed ORTACA and became official, but also Nahiye; In 1987 it gained District status.
Tourism and Hotels
Ortaca is a district with a high tourism potential. You can reach Sarigerme Beach of Ortaca in 15 minutes and Iztuzu Beach from Ortaca in 25 minutes. You can also go to the Vaccine Bay in a 35-minute period. These 3 coastlines in our district are among the exemplary places in terms of nature, environment and sea cleaning. Especially Sarigerme Beach is a coastline with a Blue Flag. The 5-star hotels and motels are of great importance in terms of accommodation. Within the boundaries of Ortaca District, there are hotels, motels, pensions and apart hotels with a capacity of 30 thousand beds.
Vaccine, Bakardi, Dişibilmez and Kargicak bays are one of our virgin bays, which are untouched in nature and suitable for yacht tourism.
You can go to Iztuzu Beach from the canal located in Dalyan Neighborhood, which is connected to Ortaca, by boat trip. Along with the locals in the surrounding towns and districts, tourists come to the Ortaca Market on Fridays with the advice of the tour operators. Therefore, on Fridays, Ortaca Bazaar is the area of interest for foreign tourists.
Another place to visit in Ortaca is the historical Atatürk Bridge on Dalaman Stream. The bridge, which was started to be built in 1934, still serves transportation today.
There are rock tombs, fortifications and historical remains belonging to the Caunos and Lycian periods in Ortaca.
Sulfur water, which comes out from underground in our natural riches, heals people. Daily (Sweetgum) Forests, which grow only in certain climates in the world, are located within the boundaries of our district.