Discover the vibrant city of Kusadasi, Turkey
Kusadasi is a charming town located just 17km from world-renowned Ephesus. With its long stretches of sandy beach, sparkling blue waters and excellent marina, Kusadasi is one of Turkey's oldest and best-known holiday resorts.
Kusadasi was established during the 13th century after Ephesus' harbor silted up. Merchants from Venice and Genoa named the port Scala Nova; however, during the rule of the Ottoman Empire it was renamed Kusadasi meaning Bird Island.
Nearby the harbor the Kervanseray, a huge fortified building, is hard to miss. Some 12m high the structure was constructed in 1618. The Kervanseray was repaired during the 1960s and since then has been used as a hotel. Nearby stand a few houses from the 1800s as well as the south gate of the ancient town walls.
To the west of the harbor you can stroll along a 350m walkway to Güvercin Ada or Pigeon Island. On the island is you can view the tower of a Byzantine castle dating back to the 1200s. Inside the fortress is a restaurant and club where you can enjoy the local cuisine or dance the night away.
Kusadasi's Mediterranean climate and 300 days of sunshine attract many to its beaches. So just lie back on the smooth sands and heat up in the sun. Feeling a bit more active, try some wind surfing or waterskiing. Kusadasi is also home to three impressive aquaparks called Adalnad, Aqualand and Aquafantasy. If you are looking for something more tranquil, make your way to Dilek Peninsula National Park, just 28 km away.
After a day of activity and as the evening is ushered in, the boulevard begins bustling with tourists seeking a comfortable seat in a restaurant or café.
Along the shoreline you will find a fantastic selection of accommodation. From guest houses to grandiose hotels, Kusadasi will cater for your budget. Those feeling like something a bit more rustic than Kusadasi's hotels can book a camping spot. Many people have had such a good time here that they have decided to purchase real estate in Kusadasi. You can find out about property in Turkey's Kusadasi through online real estate agents.
Kusadasi is an amazing eclectic blend of ancient ruins, modern facilities and fun-filled activities. A holiday in Kusadasi is not one to be missed.