Kusadasi is set in a superb glistening gulf of the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches of ladies beach and long beach , bright sun and large marina with a capacity for 600 boats.
The glorious ancient city stands beside it, Ephesus with hundreds of thousands of visitors from tours each year many visiting the house of the Virgin Mary. The town is not far from Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir only 50 minutes by car.
Numerous holiday villages and hotels line its shores and hundreds of restaurants serve food from all around the world and, of course, Turkish Cuisine, which is one of the largest cuisines of the world. We mustn’t forget discos, bars, cafes, pubs and “Turkish Nights”; all those to cater holiday-makers all based round the night spot of Bar Street.
Kusadasi has retained a certain earthiness to it and inexpensive meals can still be found in town. Many shops do a brisk trade with passengers from hundreds of cruise ships that dock for a day or two, allowing enough time for a trip to Ephesus and a shopping expedition at the many bazaars.
The tiny Güvercin Adasi (Pigeon Island) is connected to the mainland with a causeway. Its romantic setting includes a well-maintained flower garden which surrounds the restored 14th or 15th century fortress housing a restaurant and disco frequented by lovers or those hoping to find one by the night’s end and is a great fishing spot for all those anglers out there.
Beaches close to town tend to get quite crowded during summer. If you prefer more serenity, head for Dilek Peninsula National Park, known locally as Milli Park about 28 km from Kusadasi.
It is also possible to get to Greek island Samos by regular daily ferries it takes about 1hour to get to Samos a worth while day trip
Today, Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s most sophisticated holiday centres; it is a perfect place for a holiday with its white golden sandy beaches and glassy clear water. The contrast between the lively holiday life and the quietness of the ancient ruins create the special atmosphere of the city it makes it not just a holiday but an experience that you will want to feel again and again.