What is Kusadasi in Turkey like?
Kusadasi is located on the south west coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea overlooking the Greek Island of Samos and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. It used to be a fishing village but now Kusadasi, on Turkey’s west coast, has transformed into a bustling resort.
Kusadasi was one of the earliest tourism destinations and still remains to be popular with its clear blue seas, beautiful nature, fabulous harbour, fine restaurants serving delicious Aegean food and historic sites.
The beaches are the main pull during the day, and after dark the town comes to life, with vibrant bars and clubs setting an upbeat pace. If you’re in search of old Turkey, you’ve got cobbled streets, mosques, old-school tavernas and bazaars here, too.
Which airport is the closest to Kusadasi?
Kusadasi is only 4 hours from the UK, and flights are easy to find all year round into Izmir Airport which is located just 45 minute drive away from Kusadasi plus Bodrum International Airport is just a 90 minute drive away, making both airports easily accessible from most European countries.
Cruise liners visit Kusadasi
Around 900 cruise liners visit the port annually and this magnificent resort has experienced explosive growth in recent years and there are now 2,500 resident visas held by foreigners living in and around Kusadasi. Kusadasi town and areas have an excellent infrastructure. You can find many Western high-street names here from to Tesco (Kipa), and B&Q.
There are 8 beaches to choose from in Kusadasi. There is the very popular Ladies Beach, a big sweep of golden sand that’s backed by a smart promenade filled with a variety of restaurants and bars providing all day refreshments and food. There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas for hire, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine or for those who want a more active day at the beach there is a variety of water sports available, including windsurfing which is a big hit at this beach. There is also Long Beach, which is great for water-sports and snorkeling. Pamuk Beach offers a long stretch of sand and ample amounts of space accommodating everyone. The beach is also backed by a range of all-inclusive hotels. For a quieter option, there is Kustur Beach, which tends to be less busy.
Kusadasi has three water-parks within easy reach, too. There’s Aqualand, at Kusadasi Long Beach, for a start. And on the outskirts, you’ve got Aqua Fantasy, part of an upmarket hotel and spa complex, which comes with DJs and dance shows as well. And last but not least, there’s Adaland, with its dolphin and sea park.
Sightseeing in Kusadasi
The ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are just half an hour away. You can see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, the Roman Library, and even the public toilets and a sign for the brothel. Just outside of the city is the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have died. Priene and Miletos are a must visit too.
Areas of Kusadasi
DAVUTLAR is a very up and coming area just south of Kusadasi close to the Dilek Peninsula. The area is peaceful and tranquil and has a great selection of sandy beaches, with cool clean waters, which separate you from the Island of Samos a great place to sit and watch the sun setting. Davutlar is only 9 miles from the centre of Kusadasi and very accessible by local transport. Davutlar is a traditional agricultural village, so you can stop and buy from the roadside, great tasting fruit and vegetable nut it is fast becoming a hotspot for investors.
SOGUCAK is a peaceful pleasant village offering beautiful surroundings. You can find the town centre of Kusadasi 11km away, here you will find a wonderful variety of lovely shops, cafes, great bars and restaurants. The beautiful and popular Paradise Beach is situated around 1.5km away.
KUSADASI INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE is a fabulous resort located in an area of national parkland and enjoys stunning views of the Samos Island and the Aegean Sea. The beautiful sandy Long Beach can be found just a short drive away. This resort enjoys a terrific 18 hole golf course, a private beach, swimming pools and a spa centre and much much more.
LADIES BEACH is a lovely and popular area and is located close to the town centre of Kusadasi where you will find all amenities such as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Ladies beach offers a big sweep of golden sand, the perfect place for relaxing in the sunshine and offers a variety of water sport activities. There is also a fabulous promenade filled with variety of great bars and restaurants. Prices are realistic and there is plenty of choice for everyone.
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What's on in Kusadasi throughout 2022?
International Music and Folk Dance Festival “Kusadasi Days” - June 8th till June 12th - This terrific event features performances showcased by participants of all ages. There will be of performances from both folk and modern dance groups, dance theatre groups, music groups, majorette groups as well as rhythmic gymnastics groups.
The 5th International Ephesus Opera and Ballet Festival - June 24th till July 7th - The festival will be held at the anicent theatre in the wonderfully preserved ancient city of Ephesus. There will be magnificent perfomances of Madame Butterfly, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, La Traviata and Friday. Watching these shows performed at this heritage site is a very unique opportunity. The site dates all the way back to the 10th century B.C. and once housed the Temple of Artemis.
Kusadasi Youth Festival 2022 - July 7th till July 10th - The festival is being held at Kusadasi Sevgi Beach.
International Izmir Festival - July 14th till July 20th
International Sea and Sand Days Festival - September 10th till September 14th
Ferries between Turkey and Greece
Kusadasi to Samos - Not far from the shores of Kusadasi is the fantastic Greek island of Samos, these two destinations makes the perfect pair and a trip from both sides is a must. Crossings are available twice a day during the summer months, the journey takes just 80 minutes. Samos is popular for its sweet wine and has many lovely old villages and golden beaches to explore.
Kusadasi Area Markets
TUESDAY: location is near ”Ladies Beach “selling local vegetables and fruits.
FRIDAY: location is near “Ladies Beach “selling local vegetables and fruits.
WEDNESDAY: locations is close to the main minibus station at the city center is selling only clothes.
Fish Market in Kusadasi -It is on the right before coming to the port. You can find the fresh catch of the day. Whether it is mackerel, octopus, sea bass, gray mullet, red mullet, anchovy, sea bream, squid, or many other types of fish you will find it for sale here.
Things to do in Kusadasi!
Daily boat trips from Kusadasi Marina or Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island known as Bird Island is the symbol of Kusadasi. There is a Museum inside the old Byzantine Castle and you can also enjoy the stunning views across Kusadasi.
Sirince and its Wines
Fabulous traditional village of Sirince where you can view the vineyards and olive groves. There are plenty of cafes to eat and drink.
Enjoy a peaceful day away from all the hustle and bustle in this beautiful village which you can travel to via car. It is the perfect place to wonder around.
Dilek National Park
The national park near Kusadasi is a natural beauty where you can enjoy walking and picnics for seven months of the year from April to November and go swimming throughout the summer months.
The history of Ephesus goes back to 3000 BC. It is one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. It was a pilgrimage centre of the first Cybele then Artemis and finally the Virgin Mary.
Kusadasi International Golf Course
This super 18 hole Golf Course sits in a prominent place with stunning sea views, looking to the Greek Islands. There are properties for sale on the Golf complex. The clubhouse offers the Golf Course offices, a super 5star a la carte restaurant, and overlooks the 9th hole with its stunning green views of the area. The clubhouse also houses the pro shop, here you can arrange lessons if you are a beginner or check out what tournaments are available during your stay, the complete package.
Adaland Water Park
This fantastic water park is a great day out for all the family to enjoy. There are many pools, water slides, rafting and you can get to swim with Dolphins in the swimming training pool. There is fun for everyone.
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