With its stunning beaches, lively atmosphere and colourful history, Kusadasi on Turkey's western Aegean coast is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to combine the sights and sounds of an excting city with a traditional beach holiday in 2018. Whether you're looking for a romantic break or an action-packed holiday with family and friends, Kusadasi is just the ticket.
Famed for its long summers, white sandy beaches and stunning sunsets, Kusadasi makes the perfect holiday destination. You could be exploring the markets, traditional villages and secluded bays, or simply soaking up the sun and enjoying the local cuisine, it’s all there waiting for you.
The area is one that is rich in history, from the iconic Pigeon Island with its Byzantine castle situated in Kusadasi itself, to the ancient ruins of nearby Ephesus, there’s plenty to discover.
For the adventurous there is a great choice of sightseeing trips, scenic walking trails, and scuba diving, snorkelling and trekking activities. And for those who just want to kick back, the vast array of long beaches are ready and waiting.
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Kusadasi holidays offer a bit of everything; gorgeous scenery, unbeatable weather, fabulous beaches, interesting cultural sites and a lively nightlife. You certainly won’t be short of things to do.
Experience the best of the old and the new with a visit to Pigeon Island and explore the fortress, stroll through the picturesque Old Town or take a trip to the fascinating ruins of Ephesus.
In need of some relaxation? Simply enjoy the city by taking a stroll along the marina, watching the cruise ships sail in and out. Sample traditional Turkish cuisine in one of the many restaurants and soak up the sunset.
Shoppers will be in heaven at the Grand Bazaar, where hundreds of stalls offer everything from local crafts and souvenirs to clothing and more; while the smaller local markets are a great place to stock up on essentials and delicious local fruit and veg.
In Kusadasi you'll find some of Turkey's finest restaurants, serving both international and local cuisine. With many restaurants offering live music, along with traditional Turkish food and hospitality, visitors are sure to enjoy the authentic experience. Seafood lovers will be in their element as Kusadasi’s coastal location and popular local fish market provides an abundance of fresh fish and calamari on many restaurant and café menus.
Herbs and spices play an important role in the local cuisine, making Turkish pizza and kebabs a popular choice, as well as spiced meat dishes cooked in traditional earthen pots. Lighter salads and mezes offer a more refreshing taste, and sweet treats such as baklava will keep all palates satisfied.
No trip would be complete without the delightful Turkish breakfasts with their mix of fresh vegetables, cheese, eggs, honey and olives, keeping even the most active holiday-maker fuelled for the day.
For some truly local produce, head out to the old village of Sirince for a wide selection of homemade fruit wines and olive oil.
What could be better than a day spent splashing around in Adaland’s aquapark? One of Europe’s largest water parks, it boasts a wave pool, heated Jacuzzi pool, slides, rafts, a tropical beach and much more besides.
Adventurous families can get out into the countryside and take in the best views with a spot of horse trekking or a 4x4 safari through pine forest and unspoilt villages. Whilst dolphin and seal shows, and day-long boat trips mean you can put your feet up without the risk of becoming bored.
All this, along with the plentiful beaches and relaxed cafes, makes Kusadasi the perfect family getaway.
A climb to the top of Ataturk Hill will reward you with views over the sparkling cosmopolitan port. Nature lovers can take a trip to Dilk National Park, the perfect spot for walking along trails and trying a spot of scuba diving. Why not refresh yourself with a shower at the Cave of Zeus or watch the marine life on a leisurely boat trip?
Take an unforgettable day trip to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale and learn about the geology and history of this fascinating place. Visitors can take a soak in one of the natural springs or marvel at the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.
Those choosing a holiday in Kusadasi will be truly spoilt, with bustling beaches offering the best in facilities and activities, as well as quiet secluded bays to soak up the sun. Cool off at the centrally located Town, Ladies, Green and Pigeon Island beaches or head further afield to Long Beach and the Dilek National Park Beaches.
Ladies Beach is undoubtedly one of the most popular due to its central location, plethora of fun water-based activities, clean shallow waters, and handily located cafes and souvenir shops.
While these can sometimes get busy, you can still find a secluded paradise by taking a day trip to Dilek National Park offering beautiful scenery, pine forests and quiet sandy beaches. Here you could find yourself relaxing between crystal clear waters and the gloriously rugged mountains.
Kusadasi is famed for its vibrant nightlife and bustling bars, many situated along the aptly named Bar Street. You might be forgiven for thinking that you’d been transported to Dublin with its plethora of lively Irish bars.
For something a little different, head to Old Town and sample its quaint bars with traditional live music, such as the atmospheric Orient Bar. Grab a seat in one of the larger restaurants, like Club Caravanserail, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the real Turkey, with folk performers and dancers entertaining you as you enjoy some of the local raki spirit.
Holidays in Kusadasi offer couples a perfect mix of sightseeing, sunsets and food. Enjoy the simple pleasure of a delicious meal by Ladies Beach, while watching the beautiful sunset. Try a Turkish bath, browse one of the many local markets or picnic in the Dilek National Park.
Take a private sightseeing tour to the ancient city of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary’s House, cruise the coastline or take a daytrip to neighbouring Izmir with its promenade, bazaars and 16th century mosque.
Get away from the crowds with a visit to the old Greek Village of Sirince, a short journey away in Izmir Provence. Here couples can dine in one of the pretty restaurants and discover the fruit wines which the village has become famous for.
The region is steeped in history, with traces of the Roman and Ottoman Empires still very much present. This makes Kusadasi ideally placed for culture vultures, with the historically important areas of Ephesus, Didyma, Priene and Miletos all located close by. A host of ancient ruins, religious sites, castles, and traditional villages are waiting to be explored.
A great place to start is the centrally located Pigeon Island, with its Byzantine fort which once guarded the town from invaders. For those wishing to explore a little further afield, sightseeing tours will whisk you back in time to the ancient city of Ephesus. Be captivated by the House of Virgin Mary, Sirince village and the grotto of Seven Sleepers, and not least the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world.
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