Kuşadası is a cosmopolitan beach resort on Turkey’s Aegean coast. With a kaleidoscope of sea, sand and culture and only 20 minutes away from the stunning classical ruins of Ephesus (or Efes). Kusadasi it’s also a major cruise ship destination and guided private tours are available from the port or your hotel.
The seafront promenade, marina, and harbour are awash with lovely hotels and beautiful restaurants. Kus in Turkish means Bird and Adasi means Island hence the name Kusadasi (Bird Island). If you prefer to mix your Ephesus visit with nightlife and sea views rather than the rustic ambience of Selçuk, then Kuşadası could be the right choice.
Offering some fantastic hotels and restaurants, a surprisingly nontraditional bazaar and two quieter old quarters on private tours of Kusadasi. The many bars and nightclubs are heaving most nights with a fantastic mix of locals and tourists. You will certainly have fun in Kusadasi! Read More...
Sightseeing Tour of the Stunning Sirince Village, Selcuk and Ephesus!
This somewhat old Orthodox village, 12 kilometers away from Ephesus and thirty km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince roughly translated to English as the "ugly village". This name was given to the village by its habitants on purpose as they did not want to be disturbed by visitors or to share the stunning beauty of their village. A sightseeing tour of the charming Sirince village near Selcuk and Ephesus is a must.
This little village of Sirince 7km from Selcuk throughout the hills is appealing because of its setting among fruits orchards, narrow roads, and old fashioned stone houses with red-tiled roofs. Additionally, it is renowned because of its traditional bazaar; home made lace and wine made by the local women.
All of the narrow roads of the village belong to the ladies, selling handcrafts olive oil, of all kinds. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: It's been able to maintain its credibility and the significance of its name, though Sirince Village is developing its tourism rapidly if you want to see, an old Turkish village take a sightseeing private tour of Sirince village.
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Kusadasi
Ephesus is the most magnificent ancient city of the seven churches. Ephesus which is in the borders of Selcuk district lived its most glorious days during the Hellenistic Age and the Roman Age. Easily Book your guided private Ephesus tours, to see all the treasures of Ephesus Turkey
. Ephesus tours are designed around your interests; you can explore at your pace and select that suits you. Around 20 minutes from Kusadasi.
Originally made for ladies only to protect their privacy, for the last 30 years it has been open to all genders. It is a lovely sloping beach with lifeguards. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. This is one of the busiest and most popular beaches in Kusadasi. Nice cafes and restaurants are all along the promenade and some shops selling swimwear etc.
Aqua Fantasy Aquapark
For a wild day out, this aqua park is fabulous for adults and kids. There is a bar pool area for the adults with music and nightclub feel. For everyone, there are numerous rides from easy to scary !!the wave pool is brilliant. There is so much to do even if you just want to sunbathe its an ideal day out and you can spend the whole day here.
Gazi Begendi Park
One of the most popular places to take photos of the Kusadasi coastline, there is a restaurant with inside and outside seating areas, the views are fabulous. The food is very reasonable priced, and they also sell alcohol. It is very popular with the Turkish families and tourists. Most tour companies on private tours stop here and allow everyone off the bus to take many photographs, looks great when all the cruise ships are in.
Dilek National Park
This stunning national park has everything you need for a fabulous day out. Grab a picnic and head here and choose between 7 different beaches, cobbled or sandy its very popular. Jut do not leave your food lying about as the wild boar( they aren't wild but very tame !) love to come out with their babies to get some food ! The Samos (Greece) coast is just 2 kilometres from the end of the national park!
Situated just outside the national park, Zeus cave is an ideal place to have a swim in freshwater if you've just left the beach. The water is beautiful and cool in Summer and warm in winter due to the carbonated spring waters, covered over by trees it is hidden from the road. Entry is free but is usually included in your guided tour of the area. You need to climb over the rocks to gain entry.
Otherwise known as Bird Island (Kus meaning bird and adasi meaning island) that's how the small cosmopolitan town got its name. Walk from Kusadasi, along with the promenade to Bird Island where the 13th Century Byzantine castle fortress is situated. This fort protected the city from pirates, then the Venetians and lastly the Genoese. It was recently renovated and has beautiful gardens and tremendous views of the Aegean coastline.
If you fancy a day at sea have a walk down to the marina and check out the many boat guided tours that are available. A huge selection to choose from they all include lunch and soft drinks, it is an excellent way to chill and relax by sunbathing out at sea. if your lucky enough you'll catch the dolphins swimming and jumping down the side of the boat.
In Kusadasi, you have a huge selection of bars and fabulous restaurants. However, everyone heads to the famous Bar Street at least once on their holiday where in the summer you will find the place heaving with people, a mix of Turkish and tourists trying out the many nightclubs and bars. The music is pumping and everyone is dancing until the early hours. You can have a bar crawl guided tour.
Kaleci Old Town
Kusadasi Old town based in the centre along from Kervansaray, the little-cobbled streets like a maze leading from one street to another and full of lovely little shops and cafes. This is a beautiful place to walk around, and in summer it is nice and refreshing and cool. The shops sell a varied selection from spices to clothing and jewellery. A sightseeing tour here is a must when id Kusadasi.
Travel Tips for Kusadasi
Best Time To Visit Kusadasi
The best thing about Kusadasi is that you can come at any time of the year as we have an excellent climate all throughout the year, it can be a bit cold and wet from January to Beginning of April, but it's still a good time to visit the many historical sites around the country. Flights are cheaper outwith the summer season as is the accommodation. Pre-book your airport transfers and tours and save money. More money then for shopping !!
Typical Costs in Kusadasi
Turkey is the ideal holiday to suit any budget! The flights are a good price, and you can visit turkey any time of the year! The currency is Turkish Lira, but they accept all currencies so don't worry. You are best changing money in Turkey as you get a better rate than you would do back home. The bars and restaurants are extremely reasonable. If you love shopping, you can get fantastic bargains on your genuine fakes! Pre-book any transfers and tours.
Know Before Visiting Kusadasi
Just relax, and you will have a fabulous holiday, the country is diverse, and the locals are the most welcoming and helpful nation, you will fall in love with this country without a doubt, and will keep coming back. If you love shopping, you can haggle its part of the culture so have fun but do not go crazy take around 30% off their asking price! The local transport is cheap. Try and learn a few words before you go like please, thank you and goodbye.
Weather in Kusadasi
The weather is ideal for most of the year; we do not really have a very cold winter. From June to end of October, the weather is fantastic and gets scorching from July until September with temperatures rising to 45 degrees !! However, wherever you go there is air conditioning everywhere so if you do not want to lie on a beach somewhere, there is so much to see and do in this amazing country, you will have a fabulous time.