Ormana: revival of a beautiful village in Antalya

Ormana is a quiet village in the outskirts of the Altınbeşik Cave National Park. This village is the perfect base for hikers, as it is surrounded by the epic hiking trails of the Taurus Way and far-reaching mountain views. But those are not the main draw for most Ormana visitors. It’s the village’s beautifully restored button houses that are the principal attraction here. Those houses are the reason that people drive up the mountain to stroll the narrow streets of Ormana. Take a tour with us in this post.

Ormana In A Nutshell, Button Houses And Mountian Backdrops

Ormana In A Nutshell, Button Houses And Mountian Backdrops

The button houses of Ormana

Button houses are traditional Ottoman buildings with an architectural ingeniousness. The skeletons of the button houses (or ‘düğmeli evleri’ in Turkish) are compiled with durable cedar or juniper wood from trees from the Taurus Mountains combined with stone piles. These traditional and historic houses for the İbradı area are usually two-story stone homes. They’re called button houses by the locals because the visible part of the wooden beams on the facade looks like a button. Whatever their name, they give Ormana a warm an authentic vibe.

When Beauty Lines Up

When Beauty Lines Up

This One May Need A Little More Than Some Plaster!

This One May Need A Little More Than Some Plaster!

Ormana’s button houses are over 300 years old and are built solely with wood and stone; no masonry mortar is involved. The construction technique consists of sourcing local building materials that can easily be transported. In this case, the wooden beams function as a carrier for the thick rubble-stone walls. Different lengths of juniper or cedar beams are placed horizontally along with the wall and as a cross-section to create a skeleton. The holes are then filled with piles of local stones, held together by the timber frame. About 20 cm of the beams still sticks out on the outside of the walls. This is used as scaffolding during construction works.

Click here to read a case study on the authentic walling technique in Ormana

Quintessential Ormana Button House Street

Quintessential Ormana Button House Street

Details Matter!

Details Matter!

There are about 500 button houses in the Akseki – İbradı districts, almost all of which are registered and protected. Up until 2012, the village only rarely welcomed tourists. But gradually, things are changing, especially since the Özgüven family launched the Ormana Active project, aimed at promoting alternative tourism. They restored several old houses, providing employment for locals and creating an attractive and off-the-beaten-path destination for authenticity, nature, and history lovers.

Quite A Skillset!

Quite A Skillset!

One Pretty Street After The Next

One Pretty Street After The Next

Walking around Ormana is a beautiful, almost time-travel-like experience. Life is still different here, in a tight community with respect for their heritage but embracing the influx of visitors who appreciate this place for what it is: a haven of peace surrounded by nature. Ormana testifies to the ingenuity of humankind at first by exploring new building techniques allowing them to use local materials and alternative methods to create unique houses. And a second time by acknowledging that there’s no need to replace the old homes with new concrete ones. Instead, they decided to invest in their remarkable legacy by protecting the remaining houses and restoring them.

Locals Processing Their Wool And Cotton Harvest

Locals Processing Their Wool And Cotton Harvest

Button House Restored With Love

Button House Restored With Love

Exploring the surroundings

Ormana makes a great day trip from Side, or even Alanya or Antalya. Makes sure to include nearby İbradı ın your plans. While bigger than Ormana, this little town also features some great examples of button houses and other Ottoman mansions. It would be a shame not to make this short detour, even if only for the scenic ride. If you like to hike, the Taurus Way holds some surprisingly beautiful paths, or follow the Kardelen EKO-tur signs to Erymna, to explore the remains of this ancient site. Think of it as a hike rather than an ancient site visit, as – once there – you’ll notice that only a sarcophagus and the foundations of a colonnaded building remain.

Also in this area: the stunning ancient site of Lyrbe

Look At The Painted Ornaments!

Look At The Painted Ornaments!

Getting here is easy, both by car or using public transportation. The village is well waymarked from all the main roads, so follow the signs. If you want to go to Ormana by bus, click here to access the current timetables. Located at an altitude of around 1.200 m, Ormana generally has cooler summer temperatures than the coastal resorts. Expect the occasional snow in winter!

I Real Gem, This One!

I Real Gem, This One!

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Read other people’s reviews on TripAdvisor to find out what they think of Ormana. Do you still have questions? Send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

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You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. In that case, check out this Get Your Guide tour to Ormana that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

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Where better to stay than at Ormana Active? You’ll stay in a room in authentic houses that have been restored respecting the original building techniques and materials. Check them our here.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

As mentioned, Ormana is easy to reach by car from either Manavgat or the D695 & D687 main roads. The village is well signposted.

For current timetables for bus services to Ormana, click here.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. The nearest airport is Antalya.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Read other people’s reviews on TripAdvisor to find out what they think of Ormana. Do you still have questions? Send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. In that case, check out this Get Your Guide tour to Ormana that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Where better to stay than at Ormana Active? You’ll stay in a room in authentic houses that have been restored respecting the original building techniques and materials. Check them our here.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

As mentioned, Ormana is easy to reach by car from either Manavgat or the D695 & D687 main roads. The village is well signposted.

For current timetables for bus services to Ormana, click here.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. The nearest airport is Antalya.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Ormana: Revival Of A Beautiful Village In Antalya
Ormana: Revival Of A Beautiful Village In Antalya
Ormana: Revival Of A Beautiful Village In Antalya
Ormana: Revival Of A Beautiful Village In Antalya
Ormana: Revival Of A Beautiful Village In Antalya

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Ormana: revival of a beautiful village in Antalya