Mini guide to Kusadasi
Kusadasi is the main tourist destination on Turkey's Aegean coast, earning this
distinction with unbeatable weather, pristine beaches and convenient access to
some of the country's most treasured sights. A wealth of sightseeing options and
soft, sandy coastline provide something for any taste.
The main attraction in town is the famed Ladies Beach, only a short distance
from the town centre. The beach is a bronzing haven, offering excellent facilities
and a variety of active options as well, including: volleyball, waterskiing
and sailing. There are no motor vehicles permitted at or near the beach, which
allows for a nice sandy sidewalk atmosphere. The beachside cafés are
a great place to watch the yachts come in while the sun goes down.
In town, the Kaleici ('inner castle' in Turkish) makes for a nice walk and
is also a good place to shop. The oldest part of town, it is home to a good
number of souvenir shops, restaurants and even some Turkish baths. Nearby, the
fortress of Kusadasi is an impressive structure that was once used as a base
for the infamous pirate Barbarossa.
Kusadasi is known for its moderately priced sidewalk seafood cafés.
Perhaps the most distinguished venue in town is the long running Ali Babba seafood
restaurant, where you can select the fish you want from the display case; while
a bit pricy, the food and service are excellent. After dinner, catch a dazzling
belly dancing show, and carry the momentum to a nearby nightclub.
Ephesus, Didim, Priene and Miletos, some of the most sacred and revered sites
of ancient times, are all nearby. The well preserved ruins, temples and landmarks
exude history. For the adrenalin junky or someone looking to keep cool on a
hot day, Aqua Fantasy is a new top class water park just outside Ephesus and
only 20 minutes from the centre of town.
Kusadasi is only 20kms from Selcuk, the nearest major city with extensive railway
connections. Minibuses leave every 20 minutes from Selcuk. Kusadasi is also
a major port city, and a popular stop for many Mediterranean cruises. The nearest
international airport is Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, about 80 kms away.
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