is one of Turkey's most sophisticated holiday centres; it is a perfect
place for vacation with its sandy beaches and glassy water. The
contrast between the lively holiday life and the quietness of the
ancient ruins create the special atmosphere of the city.
Kusadasi, one of Turkey's principle holiday
resorts, offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday.
Situated on the west coast of Turkey - 90km south of Izmir,
Kusadasi, is known as for one of the most attractive city of the
Aegean, as it is close to important
historical sites including Ephesus,
Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate
with hot summers and mild winters, providing a long tourism season.
The city is Bathroomed in sunshine for 300 days of the year.
Numerous sandy beaches with warm and clear
waters, providing a peaceful atmosphere, allow a great variety of
water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and
beach volleyball are only a few options avaible to lovers of the
active life. After sun bathrooming restfully during the day, the
city awaits the superb sunset. As the sun sets, the attractive cafes
and restaurants on the palm-lined boulevards, get busier. It is
a great delight to watch the comings and goings of the yachts and
ships with accompanience of the panoramic view of the sunset, on
a pre-drink before the dinner. The restaurants, serving a variety
of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean specialties, offer a delicious
meal in Kusadasi. Dancing and entertaining at a lively bar or a
disco until dawn, may end an ideal day in Kusadasi.
The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with
the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking
out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dagi behind.
It is 90 km (56 mi) south of Izmir, the region's
largest metropolitan center. It is 71 km (44 mi) from the provincial
seat of Aydin situated inland.
The Yavansu Fault Line passes near Kusadasi
and there have been earthquakes here throughout history.
The name comes from 'kus' (bird) and 'ada'
(island) as the peninsula has the shape of a bird's head (as seen
from the sea). Since Byzantine times it has been known as Ephesus
Nuova, becoming Kush-Adasi at the beginning of the 20th century.
Some people from the Aegean region shorten the name to Ada.
Kusadasi has a residential population of 50,000
rising to over half a million during the summer when the large resort
fills with tourists (from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the
Balkans), plus the hotel staff, bar staff, construction workers,
and drivers who are needed for work in the restaurants, the holiday
villages, aquaparks, rock bars beach clubs and big hotels servicing
all these visitors. In addition to the visitors from overseas there
is a substantial community of foreigners resident in the area.
Kusadasi caters to tourists, arriving by land,
and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus. In
a controversial deal in 2003 the previously public-owned port was
leased to a private company and renovated to attract luxury cruise
liners. These range from the huge Grand Princess to smallers tours.
Real estate agents sell holiday flats and
villas. Among all the ice-cream, carpets, leather, and software,
there are bookshops selling books in English, German, Russian and
Old houses near the seafront, some of them
converted to bars and cafes, are the remnants of old Kusadasi, which
has become a modern-European looking town. The hills behind are
built up with big hotels and blocks of holiday flats. The building
boom in the late 80s and onwards has been continued into the hinterland
of Kusadasi. A panoramic view of Kusadasi (Güvercin Adasi seen
Transport around the town is by dolmus (minibus).
There are bus and taxi services to the nearest airports, in Izmir
and Bodrum. Day trips are available by boat from Kusadasi and Güzelçamli.
The city walls
- There were once three gates. One remains today.
- the mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Öküz Kara
Mehmet Pasha caravanserai is near the docks. It was built
in 1618 as a strong-room for the goods of seamen.
- thepeninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming
beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across
the bay to the harbour of Kusadasi. There are public beaches at
the back of the peninsula, towards the open sea.
Kirazli Village -
traditional Turkish koy 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Kusadasi.
- a second peninsula beyond Güvercin Ada. Possibly the location
of the original settlement of Neopolis. Some walls are visible.
There are beaches and beach clubs here.
Pygale - 3
kilometres (1.9 mi) north, the small point behind Hotel Pigale.
Once refuge of Agamemnon. Still to be excavated.
Also several aqua-parks with wave-pools, white-water
slides are located near the town
Fantasy, along with Adaland and
- near town. Named because it was once segregated for female bathers.
Now open to all.
- Venetian/Byzantine castle, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)along the Kusadasi-Davutlar
- 25 km (16 mi) south of Kusadasi, on the Davutlar-Güzelçamli
road. Once the central meeting place of the Ionian League. The ruins
are in poor condition and their authenticity is disputed.
Dilek Peninsula National Park.
South of Kusadasi, begins at the town of Güzelçamli.
Bays and beaches, including the bay of Kalamaki.