Kusadasi is a real Turkish treasure. Located on the sunny west coast, beautiful views of the sparkling Aegean Sea are never far away. Today, Kusadasi is a modern and bustling beach resort with lively nightlife – but you can also enjoy its traditional Turkish roots. Not only is one of the area’s most famous sights, the ancient city of Ephesus, nearby but Kusadasi itself has a charming old town to explore. Cobbled streets wind their way past colourful bazaars and authentic Turkish restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to get your haggle on at the Grand Bazaar – a shopper’s paradise selling everything from local crafts to clothes and jewellery.
With a choice of golden sandy beaches, Kusadasi is the ideal place for some fun in the sun. Unwind beneath a parasol, splash around in the calm, warm waters or try out the huge range of water-sports on offer. From their banana boats to their waterfront cafes, Kusadasi’s beaches are both vibrant and well-equipped. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities as well, whether the kids love a water park or some horse riding. And when the sun goes down, there’s everything from traditional tavernas to late-night clubs to keep you entertained. We think Kusadasi has a bit of something for everyone.
The popular beach resort of Cesme combines the beauty of the Aegean with an equally picturesque town. Wander the traditional streets, chill out in a harbourfront restaurant or laze on lush, sandy beaches. Surrounded by mountainous countryside and overlooked by an imposing castle, this is one good-looking Turkish town.
Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, is within easy reach for a day trip from Kusadasi. Famous for its stunning waterfront promenade, Izmir may have ancient roots but it’s now a liberal place with lots going on. Enjoy bartering in the bazaars or check out some of the fascinating museums and landmarks. The Saat Kulesi clock tower and spectacular Blue Mosque are among the highlights.
The quaint former fishing village of Ozdere has grown into a fantastic Aegean beach resort – while keeping that sleepy laid-back feel along the way. Popular with families and active holidaymakers, this quiet destination offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Bike the hills that back the town or take to the waves to try out some watersports. When the sun goes down, you’ll find plenty of relaxed restaurants serving authentic Turkish food.
Kusadasi’s most famous nearby sights have to be the ancient ruins of Ephesus, dating back to a mind-boggling 3000BC. The UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a grand Roman amphitheatre, the Temple of Artemis, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, and a wealth of accessible archaeological finds. An inspiring way to learn about the ancient world.
Another one for the history buffs, this ancient Greek site is home to the Temple of Apollo – and just an hour from Kusadasi. Once the seat of a great oracle, it’s now an atmospheric place to explore with giant marble columns and interesting pieces of sculptures dotted around.
Boat trip to Pigeon Island
This small island can be reached by a causeway, but we think it’s much more fun to journey there by boat from Kusadasi harbour. Once you have landed, visit the mighty Byzantine “Pirate Castle” and enjoy spectacular ocean views from the dizzy heights of the fortress walls.
Adaland Aqua Park
Kusadasi has three water parks to choose from and Adaland is one of the biggest and best. The white-knuckle slides and flumes will keep the older kids happy, while the family pool is the perfect spot for younger children to splash around.
Kusadasi boasts no fewer than eight gorgeous beaches. The largest and most popular is Ladies Beach or Kadinlar Denizi. Once upon a time it was reserved for female beachgoers only but is now happily open to all. The 1km stretch of golden sand enjoys a prime location close to the centre of town and has excellent facilities – from sunbeds to beachfront cafes. You’ll find a range of water-sports on offer, safe shallow waters and a lively atmosphere.
Other favourites include Long Beach, to the south of Kusadasi. And at a whopping 18km long, this glorious beach really lives up to its name! Lined with pretty gardens and friendly cafes, you’ll also find a fun waterpark and amazing views across the waves. If you fancy a more rugged beach, the rocky bays and pine forests at National Park Beach are well worth the short trip out of Kusadasi.
Turkish food is so much more than kebabs – as tasty as they are! With a delicious blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, discovering the food of Turkey is a real treat. Start the day with a breakfast of kahvalti, made from fresh bread, honey and clotted cream, and intense Turkish coffee. Try the sizzling barbequed meats, the unbelievable yoghurt and the Turkish pizzas or pides. Don’t miss the traditional ice cream and lightly perfumed sweet treats, such as baklava and, of course, Turkish delight.
Kusadasi has plenty of restaurants to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for freshly-caught seafood or authentic Turkish dishes. Rooftop eateries are popular and make the perfect spot for a romantic sunset dinner. If you’re looking for crowd-pleasing international food, Kusadasi also has everything from Italian to Chinese.
Holidays to Kusadasi offer sun, sand and sea in a beautiful setting. And whether you love exploring ancient ruins or hiking through scenic countryside, this lively destination has plenty to keep things interesting - if you can tear yourself away from those golden beaches that is.
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Kusadasi not your Turkish delight? Don’t worry, we have plenty of other Turkey holidays to tempt you with.