Kusadasi is more a European city rather than a Turkish holiday resort. In the summer, more then 10 cruising lines approach kusadasi every morning and leave in the evening. Kusadasi has after Antalya and Istanbul the most tourists in Turkey.
Kusadasi is also the first resort in Turkey where in the seventies real estate investors and holiday home owners from abroad already started buying villas and apartments in Turkey, mostly by the Irish.
From Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is a modern motor way and Kusadasi can be easily reached in 40 minutes from the airport.
Many cruising ships traveling around the Aegean Islands stop here, especially because of its close proximity (20km) to Selcuk. Kusadasi is a good base to explore this and other ancient cities like Priene and Didyma.
Ephesus one of the most important ruins of ancient civilizations is only 15 Km from kusadasi centre.
The Virgin Mary church just 20 km away from kusadasi center is an important pilgrimage destination for Christians and Muslims and was the first time visited in 1967 by Pope Paul VI and since then by every Pope. It is assumed that Virgin Marry spend here last years here, close to Ephesus.
The town is popular predominantly because of its many hotels, restaurants, souvenir and carpet shops, and lively nightlife. The Kale district has some old traditional houses and narrow streets, and gives some indication of what the town used to be like. The most famous beach is Kadinlar Plaji, 2.5 km south of the town, dominated by huge hotels and can get very crowded in summer. There are several small beaches further south, and closer to town is Yilanci Burnu, the peninsula.
Where to live in kusadasiThe marina district is one of Kusadasi up market areas but also Davutlar 15 km south of Kusadasi is a nice area for residents and holiday homes, also a new area close to the golf courses is developing very well in recent years.
Ilktomi properties offers villas, apartments and investment real estate in the whole Kusadasi region.
Where to VisitThe picturesque wine growing area Sirince is 30 km from Kusadasi centre.
Güvercin Ada (Pigeon Island)
This tiny island off the west coast of the town is just a few hundred meters from the mainland, and connected by a path. It contains a fortress, which was constructed by the Ottomans and restored and strengthened in 1834. Kusadasi was an important defensive port along the Ottoman Aegean coast, and the fortress helped prevent attacks coming from the islands. It is now a relaxing place with landscaped terraces and several tea houses and snack bars.
Cruiser And Yacht Ports
Kusadasi is approached by more than 10 cruising lines every day. There are two wharfs, where tourist ships are approaching and also a yacht port with 650 yacht capacity in Kusadasi. Passenger motor voyages are regularly organized from Kusadasi port to Greek Island, Sisam (Samos) during spring and summer months (Every day 1st April and 20th October), and during winter months these voyages are turned as charters. There are daily and hourly picnic touring passenger motors in the port, and Blue Tour organizing yachts are also in the yacht port.
Mosques and caravanserai
Kale İçi Mosque
It is constructed in 1618 by Grand Vizier Öküz Paşa.
Öküz Mehmet Pasha Caravansaray
Built in 1618 by Grand Vizier Okuz Pasha, there are artillery holes still visible on the external walls, in an effort to protect the city against pirates. It is now a luxury hotel.
The most famous beach in the area is Kadinlar Denizi (Ladies’ Beach), 3km south of town and well connected by dolmus, which is very crowded in high season. Guvercin Adasi has rocky shores but it is possible to swim, and there is a small beach 500m north of Yilanci Burnu peninsula. A better beach is Pamucak,15km north on the road to Selcuk.
The most important thermal springs in the area are Ciban (Yavansu), Venus and Guzelcamli.
National And Natural Parks
Büyük Menderes Delta National Park.
Kusadasi can be reached by car within 45 minutes from Izmir international airport and 1 hour 30 minutes from the Bodrum international airport.
Every day goes a ferry boat to the Greek Island Samos. You can take another ferry boat to Athens or the other Greek islands.