Sun, sea, nature and history…
Today, i would like to write about one of the most beautiful holiday resorts of Turkey… Kuşadası…
In Kuşadası, you can find so many entertainments. You can spend your vacation either enjoying sea or impressive historical places or having spectacular attractions in aquaparks.
Where is Kuşadası?
Kuşadası is located in Aegean part of Turkey. It is almost an hour far from İzmir, 2,5 hours far from Bodrum and 4 hours far from Marmaris. The location of Kuşadası gives you so many oppourtunities.
How to get to Kuşadası?
If you are coming from abroad you can come to Kuşaadası by using İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is almost 50 minutes far from Kuşadası. You can come to Kuşadası from any other city of Turkey, you can use intercity busses. Moreover Kuşadası is one of the major cruise ports of Turkey and you can enjoy Kuşadası while having a cruise tour in Medditerrian.
Where to stay in Kuşadası?
In Kuşadası there are many kinds of accomodation oppourtunities. You can choose either small bed and breakfast hotels or luxurious all inclusive hotels according to your budget. Most of hotels are located in city center but there are hotels a bit far from city center.
What to do in Kuşadası?
In Kuşadası there are many attractions but the major ones are given below.
National park: There is “Dilek National Park” in Güzelçamlı which is a small town of Kuşadası and almost 20 kilometers far from Kuşadası city center. In this national park you can enjoy nature and swimming in the forest. The sea is gorgeous in the bays of National Park.
There are 4 bays in national park; First one is İçmeler which is more suitable for families with children as the beach is sandy and the sea is not so deep. The other one is Aydınlık Bay, it is the secnd bay from the enterance of National Park, the thrid one is Kavaklı Bay and the last on for tourists is Karacasu Bay. According to me the last one is the best one. The sea becomes deeper in your second step and as it is not sandy. The sea is like an aquarium in all bays of National Park.
Enterence fee is 10 TRY for cars, if you come with public transport you should pay 4 TRY.
There are many different kind of animal spicies in National Park.
You can get to National Park either with your car or by using pubic transportation.
Ephesus: One of the most famous places for tourist near Kuşadası is Ephesus ancient city. Ephesus ancient city is almost 20 kilometers far from Kuşadası city center.
Ephesus was founded almost 6000 BC. And for centuries many different civilizations lived in this city.
During your visit to Ephesusu, dont forget to visit library, amphi theratre, old church…
Selçuk: Selçuk is a neighbour city of Kuşadası which is famous for historical places. There is an important museum.
Mother Mary’s House: Mother Mary’s house is almost 5 kilometeres far from Ephesus. According to historicians Mother Marry spent her last years in the house in Selçuk.
Seven Sleepers: In first times of Christianity, seven young christian escaped from cruel empire and fell asleep for 200 centuries. The cave that they slept was also situated near Ephesus.
Şirince: Şirince is an old village on the top of the hills in Selçuk. Eventhough Şirince was a well-known place for Turks, after Maya calender told that Şirince would be one of the two places which would be saved in the last day of the world Şirince expended its fame among foreigners as well.
In Şirince you can enjoy tasty Aegean cusine, fruit wines, and shopping of native products.
Aquapark: One of the biggest aquaparks in Europe is located in Kuşadası. In Adaland aquapark, you can enjoy many different attractions. There are many different kind of slides and you even cant recognise how time passes.
There is also a seapark near Adaland Aquapark in which you can enjoy shark pool, pool full of exotic fish and many other attraction pools.
Parachute: There is an airport called Efes near Selçuk in where you can enjoy parachuting from plane. If you are interested in parachuting or want to try you can contact trainers in there and enjoy the view from the sky…
Horse riding: On the way to Selçuk, you can enjoy horse riding in the country club.
Night-Life: There is a bars street in Kuşadası city center if you like to go out in the evenings. Moreover there is a good club located in Yılancı Burnu in Kuşadası city center called Jade which is also a beach club in daytime. You can enjoy your evenings in there too.
Kuşadası city center: There are many restaurants cafes and bars in Kuşadası city center. There is a marina in Kuşadası and near Marina there are good fish restaurants. Also there is a port in Kuşadası which is usually full of tourists. There are restaurants and cafes in this so called Ege-Port.
Pamukkale: Pamukkale is a very well known place among tourists. Due to the minerals in the water of Pamukkale all rocks are covered with white layer which makes Pamukkale a unique place in the world. You can make a daily tour to Pamukkale from Kuşadası.
Söke: Söke is a town near Kuşadası which is famous for Outlets and stick kebab. If you come to Kuşadası and if you have time i recommend you to go to the outlets in Söke and enjoy shopping for resonable prices.
Ortaklar: Ortaklar is a town near Kuşadası which is famous for Stick Kebab. You can enjoy tasty lamp meat in small Stick Kebab (Çöp Şiş)Restaurants. If you love to eat and dont want to miss tasty kebabs, i strongly recommend you to go to Ortaklar.
Nearby cities: As i mentioned above location of Kuşadası is really so conveinent to travel to other cities like Bodrum, Didim, Marmaris, İzmir. It can be a good alternative for your trip.
If you don’t want to spend all your holiday in a hotel. I recommend you Kuşadası. Especially if you rent a car and travel to nearby places, there are so many attractions in Kuşadası. I hope this city guide will help you to plan an amazing summer holiday in Aegean region…