Kusadasi is located on the Aegean coast approximately midway between Bodrum Airport and Izmir International Airport.
Travelling times vary from a minimum of 45 minutes (Izmir) to 1 1/2 hours (Bodrum) depending on whether you are using a direct private transfer or are part of a multi drop coach route; in the latter case the times can be a little longer. Either way, you won’t be bored, just sit back, relax and watch the spectacular scenery.
Kusadasi is the oldest resort on the Turkish coast and the area has miles of sandy beaches with the crystal clear Aegean lapping the shores and a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Originally a fishing village, the town has expanded into a bustling holiday resort with lots of activities on offer. Kusadasi is a regular port of call for hundreds of cruise liners, indeed, some of the largest and most famous cruise ships in the world have Kusadasi on their itinerary, including the Cunard Line ships such as the (recently retired) QE2, The Queen Victoria, and the Princess Lines super cruiser, the 15 deck Emerald Princess, currently the 2nd largest cruise liner in the world. (2008)
Kusadasi is a prime location to be in for visiting many places of historical, archaeological, natural and mythical interest as it is situated within easy traveling distance of the mighty Ephesus and the peace and tranquility of “Meryem Ana” (the House of the Virgin Mary – located up in the hills above Selcuk. The “cotton candy castle” of Pamukkale, and the ancient cities of Troy, Priene, and Didyma are less than half an hour from the Dilek National Park – an area of outstanding natural beauty which is home to endangered species of flora and fauna.
The Aegean has been a popular holiday destination for both Turkish and international holidaymakers for many years and while Kusadasi is a cosmopolitan resort with every possible amenity, it still retains that traditionally Turkish flavour, charm and famous hospitality.
There are two large water parks and a smaller one for tiny tots along with miles and miles of beaches around the area that offer swimming, paragliding, jet skis, banana boats and diving activities. You can also take ferry day trips to the nearby Greek Island of Samos. There are two thermal resorts close to Kusadasi where you can swim and enjoy the revitalizing mineral waters straight from the earth’s core. You can join a daily boat trip where everything is catered for on board, or even charter a private boat to cruise around the coast, and discover un-spoilt havens accessible only by sea.
Restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and age groups co-exist side by side with a myriad of shops selling everything from hand-made Turkish carpets, beautiful and original gold and silver jewellery, Turkish ceramics and of course – Turkish Delight.
Whether you want a fun packed holiday with plenty of activity and excursions coupled with exciting nightlife, a relaxing holiday where you can enjoy the sunshine, sample some fine cuisine and dream among the ruins of bygone civilizations, or are thinking about relocating for a new life here and the chance to explore this ancient coastline, there is something for everyone, whatever your age.
English and other European languages are widely spoken and the town has many small grocery stores, large supermarkets including a Kipa ( a subsidiary of Tesco) several banks, two post offices, book shops, patisseries, private and public hospitals, an eye clinic, doctors, dentists and vets.
International cuisine of every kind, all mouthwateringly delicious and made from fresh local produce and traditional Turkish restaurants and snack bars with every kind of dish from Lamb tandir cooked in a traditional clay oven to fish fresh from the sea as well as bars and nightlife for every age group and musical taste. In Kusadasi, there is no age limit on enjoyment; all you need is the energy!
Kusadasi is famous for its shopping, and the shops open early and close very late. Don’t forget to visit the bazaars and markets – it’s an experience you will never forget. Kusadasi has three markets every week, winter and summer; on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, plus there are others on alternative days close by, so there’s every chance to pick up that unique memento of your trip – or simply do the weekly shopping amid a blaze of local colour!
Since Turkey is a country that has many national days and celebrations, you’re quite likely to find yourself amidst a parade with lots of dancing and music and may well be invited along to join in as Turkish people are famous for their hospitality!
If being pampered is your style, don’t miss out on a Turkish bath and massage to prepare your skin for that glowing Turkish tan. Enjoy a trip to a barber for a shave and all the trimmings, or for the ladies, a trip to a hairdresser where you can be spoilt from top to toe from a new hair style, colour or extensions to the perfect manicure and pedicure – the choice is endless – and its yours.
Move into a slower pace of life where anything is possible, and everything happens more naturally. Move in to Kusadasi Life.