Kusadasi, which is really a bird island (the literal translation of the word “Kusadasi” would be “bird island”), is a lovely maritime city situated on the sparkling shores of the Gulf of Kusadasi. The district that descends gradually overlooking the most beautiful bay of the Aegean Sea is especially popular with the holidaymakers.
It is at a distance of 71 km from the provincial center of Aydin. Okuz Mehmed Pasa Caravansary, which today serves as a luxurious hotel right in the midst of many shopping centers, is worth visiting. The Hanim Mosque, Ibrahim Aga Mosque, Turkmen Mosque and Iki Oluklu Mosque are the other important historical buildings in Kusadasi. During the Ottoman Empire, the Byzantine Castle, built on the rocks in the Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasi), was an important defense center against the possible attacks from the enemies. You can also see the remnants of the ancient city of Paionion in the sub district of Davutlar in Kusadasi. Here are also thermal springs in Kusadasi. The Dilek Peninsula National Park, with its Zeus Cave, Aslanli Cave and some strange looking trees, canyons, bays, beaches and picnic, walking, relaxing and water sports places, is a natural beauty worth visiting.
Kusadasi, one of the most important and developed tourism centers of Turkey, has the most beautiful bay of the Aegean Sea and it is almost designed for the pleasure of the holidaymakers. The entertainment complexes around Kaleici offer entertainment facilities appealing to all kinds of tastes whole day long. There are lots of beaches, hotels, motels, camping places, holiday villages, and entertainment complexes in the environs of Kusadasi. Its bars and fish restaurants are famous, as well. Additionally, the fact that ancient cities like Ephesus, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Heraclia, Hieropolis and Aphrodisias are close to Kusadasi, increases the importance of Kusadasi. Its marina offers all the necessary facilities and services for yachting.
Road: Direct bus services to all big cities are available.
Airline: Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport is at a distance of 70 km from Kusadasi
Maritime line: The Kusadasi Port is one of the important ports of the region. You can go to Izmir from Istanbul by ferryboat. Everyday, tens of ships come to Kusadasi Port from various European ports. There are also ferryboat travels from Kusadasi to the Greek island Samos.
Brief Historical Account
Besides being a tourism region, Kusadasi has hosted many civilizations, as well. It is possible to see the city of Ephesus, which was established in 1,000 B.C. according to the authors of the Antiquity; the House of Virgin Mary, a holy place for the Christendom,; and many historical artifacts in Kusadasi.
Places to Go and Visit
The ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, Didyma, Priene and Miletus, the district of Selcuk and Sirince Village, Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasi), Okuz Mehmed Pasa Caravansary, Selcuk Isa Bey Mosque, Karaca Cavern, Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park, Zeus Cave, Aslanli Cave, Dilek Peninsula National Park.
Kadinlar Denizi Beach (Ladies’ Beach), Pigeon Island Beach, Yilanci Burnu Beach, Yavansu Beach, Kustur Beach, Karaova Beach, Guzelcamli Beach, Sevgi Beach, Kalamaki Beach, Dilek Peninsula, Tusan Beach, Uzun Beach, Altin Sahil, Gumus Beach, Cennet Beach, Ask Sahili.
Water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing, snuggling, diving, trekking and excursions in nature.
Kusadası offers infinite choices in terms of food because of the diversity of the tourists coming. You can try the specialties of the Chinese, Italian, French and Turkish cuisines as well as eating grilled meat and all kinds of seafood.
All sorts of shopping facilities are available in Kusadasi. There are a great many of shops selling souvenirs and tourist-oriented goods, and carpet and jewelery shops.
Visit the Okuz Mehmed Pasa Caravansary.
Walk around in the Pigeon Island.
Go to the beaches for swimming.
Walk around in the Dilek Peninsula National Park.
Join the blue voyage.