Cruising to Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi tourist information.

Kusadasi, TurkeyKuşadası is one of Turkey’s most sophisticated holiday centers situated on the west coast of Turkey, 90km south of Izmir. Kusadasi is perfect place for vacation with its sandy beaches and glassy water. Numerous powdery sandy beaches with warm&clear waters, providing a peaceful atmosphere, allow a great variety of water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volley are only a few choice for the lovers of active life

Kuşadası is a  and major cruise ship stop and jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes) Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Aphrodisias, Pergamum, Pamukkale etc.  There are many well preserved historical sites on the Aegean coast of Turkey belong to Greek and Roman eras and Kusadasi is in between those places and is suitable as a base camp to visit any of those sites by joining the daily trips.


The history of Ephesus goes back to 3000 BC. Ephesus is one of the most beatiful ancient cities in the world. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele then Artemis and finally the Virgin Mary. Ephesus was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and gave traces here.

Things to see in the town

  • The City Walls – There were once three gates. One remains today.
  • Kaleiçi Camii – the mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Öküz Kara Mehmed Pasha.
  • The Öküz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai is near the docks. It was built in 1618 as a strong-room for the goods of seamen.
  • Guvercin Adası (i.e., ‘Pigeon Island’) – the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbour of Kuşadası. There are public beaches at the back of the peninsula, towards the open sea.

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