Kusadasi, Bodrum Region, Turkey
Kusadasi is a bustling resort on Turkey's Aegean coast with a great choice of 3 beaches and a marina.
A pretty harbour town, a popular cruise port, long beaches, plentiful nightlife and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus are just some of the elements that combine to make Kusadasi a sophisticated and popular tourist resort.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Kusadasi Reviews
The only beach in the town centre is Downtown Beach, located next to the marina. However there are plenty of beaches to the north and south of Kusadasi. The most popular are well served and offer a variety of water-sports and activities; these include Long Beach which is sandy and stretches for approx 6km, Ladies Beach and Kustur Beach.
Things to Do
Watch the cruise ships come in and out of Kusadasi cruise port (over 500 visit between April and November) or stroll around Kusadasi marina and maybe stop for a sundowner while you watch the sun set over the yachts.
At Kusadasi harbour you can visit the fresh fish market and even get your purchase cooked at the adjoining 24 hour Fisherman's Cafe. Near the marina, you can visit the Leather Musuem, housed in the restored buildings of the Old Tannery which dates back to the 16th century.
Escape from the town and take a picnic to Guzelcamli National Park (23km south of Kusadasi town), relax on the beaches or go hiking along the pine clad mountain trails.
Stroll along the causeway to Pigeon Island and enjoy panoramic views over Kusadasi. Take a boat trip to one of the secluded natural bays in the Kusadasi gulf or take the ferry to the Greek island of Samos.
Spend a day at one of the aqua parks which can be found 7-10km north of Kusadasi town centre; Aquapark Adaland is set in 25 acres and Aqua Fantasy is great for kids. Next to Aquapark Adaland you will find a world of dolphins, seals and sharks at Dolphinpark Adaland and Seapark Adaland.
Out and About
Shopping in Kusadasi is great with a whole range of goods to choose from. There are genuine designer brand boutiques, bars and cafes in the Scala Nuevo shopping centre at Kusadasi Harbour and a further modern shopping centre at Kusadasi Marina, complete with bars, fast food outlets and restaurants.
The 3 main bazaars are full of Turkish shops selling everything from Turkish tea to carpets, jewellery and clothes. There are also 3 weekly street markets. The Wednesday market sells textiles and the Tuesday and Friday markets have an authentic local atmosphere with stalls selling food and local farm produce.
You will find an active and lively nightlife on Bar Street and around the town where there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained until dawn.
The inland village of Kirazli (14km east of Kusadasi town) is set in a fertile valley with an abundance of olive groves, cherry orchards, grape vines and nut trees. Follow hiking trails through the countryside or enjoy the traditional atmosphere of the village, buy produce from local cottage industries at the Sunday Market and dine at an authentic Turkish restaurant.
At the ancient city of Ephesus, you can explore well preserved ruins of the city streets of buildings, temples and monuments. A guided trip might also include a visit to the sacred House of the Virgin Mary which is nearby.
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