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Kusadasi ( Ephesus )

Kusadasi ( Ephesus )

A nice coastal town located on Aegean region of Turkey is a must visit destination in Turkey.

You can also visit world famous antique city of Ephesus and an old Turkish Village of Sirince famous with its village life and wine production.

The famous historian of the antique world, Herodotus describes the city as the place lying beneath the most beautiful sky that one can imagine with a most agreeable climate. For the famous 17th century Turkish traveler, Velia Celebes, oil leaks out of its mountains and honey leaks out of its prairies.

 

In antiquity Aydin was the center of many civilizations such as Aphrodisias, Miletus, Didyma, Nysa and Priene. The city flourished even more under the Hittites. After the city was subjected to the Seljuk Empire, it was introduced to the Turkish civilization, and eventually becoming a province in 1923 with the declaration of the modern Republic.

 

Spanning the fertile lands on the sides of Buyuk Menderes River (the ancient Meander River), situated in the west of Turkey, Aydin enjoys the pleasant Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and warm winters. The high mountains make it possible both for the forests and the maquis to flourish.

 

Aydin attracts its visitors with its wonderful resort towns of Didim (Didyma) and Kusadasi. This year you too can join the thousands of tourists who fall in love with the place.

 

Kusadasi is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise-liners. It is a good all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious nightlife.

 

Kusadasi literally means 'Bird Island' and takes its name from the tiny islet known as Guvercin Adasi or Pigeon Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway and boasts a 14th century Genoese fort.

 

MUST DO’S IN KUSADASI / SELCUK :

 

VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE

Virgin Mary's house where she spent her last days, situated on the top of Bülbüldag (Ephesus), is considered as a holy place for all religions and was visited by Pope the 6th Paul and Pope Jean Paul as well.

 

EPHESUS ANCIENT CITY

This ancient city, addressed by Saint Paul in one of his epistles, is the best preserved of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

 

SPENT A DAY IN LAZY AT KUSADASI BEACHES

Ladies Beach, Long Beach, Silver Sands Beach or Love Beach, each one offers different activities for a perfect day of relaxation.

 

EXPLORE PIGEON ISLAND

Pigeon Island, also known as Bird  Island, is the symbol of Kusadasi and where the name Kusadasi (meaning Bird Island) originated from. Visit the Museum inside the old Byzantine Castle or simply sit down and enjoy the panoramic view of Kusadasi.

ACROPOLIS OF ANCIENT PERGAMON

Pergamon was one of the chief Roman cities of Anatolia, and extensive ruins remain; shown here is the sanctuary of the restored Trajan temple.

 

 

BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM THE TOP

Climb on the hill overlooking Pigeon Island you will notice a statue of the famous Ataturk, who was the founder of the Republic of Turkey. The views from the top are arguably the best in Kusadasi with a panoramic view over the entire bay. The road leading to the top is fairly steep, so getting a taxi is the best way to travel there.

SWIM IN THE CAVE OF ZEUS

Hidden away by trees and flowers before the entrance to the National Park you’ll find the secret and mystical Cave of Zeus. It’s often one of the last stops on a jeep safari as the sparkling clear and deep mineral water inside the cave makes it a perfect place to swim. It’s very very cold during the summer and is a real welcome relief from the searing heat.

HAVE A DRINK IN THE ROOFBAR OF DEJAZAR WINE BAR

Chill out with an ice cold beer ( the most famous brand in Turkey is Ephesus ) or a glass of wine on Dejazar’s fabulous roof terrace and watch a beautiful sunset over Kusadasi Marina.

JEEP SAFARI

Spend the day exploring the mountains of the National Park or the hills behind Sirince in an off road jeep. It’s a fun, dirty day out with constant water fights between the jeeps going on, lunch is included.

SPENT A DAY IN AQUAPARK

Adaland and Aqua Fantasy are the two main waterparks in Kusadasi. Spend the racing down slides with names such as Black Thunder and Kamikaze, join in with the rain dance or simply take  the relaxing option and float around the Lazy River on a rubber ring.

SIRINCE VILLAGE

Located 30kms from Kusadasi, this picturesque village with small cafes and wine houses with a magnificent view over fields, orchards, vineyards and olive groves is worth a visit. Eat traditional Turkish pancakes known as ‘gozleme’ in one of the many cafes and try the fruit wines which Sirince has become famous for producing.

HORSE SAFARI, SWIM WITH HORSES

If you’re into horses this is an excursion for you. Trek through forests and over mountains until you reach the rural beach of Pamucak where you have the chance to swim with the horses and gallop along the sandy beach.

PRIENE, DIDYMA, MILETOS ANCIENT CITIES

These ancient sites give insight into the building of ancient temples and the coastal culture of  the ancient world. This is an excellent way to spend your time if you want to spend more than the usual day or two in the Ephesus area. Plan to spend the whole day visiting these three magnificent sites.

LAZY BOAT TRIP

Sail up on the Aegean sea, dive and swim.

NATIONAL PARK

Whether you like hiking in the mountain trails or lying on a beach relaxing, the national park is a little piece of paradise. It’s a great place to snorkel or enjoy a picnic on one of the four main beaches.

GO WATER RAFTING

Adaland is one of the most popular waterparks in Kusadasi, and was voted by the New York Post as one of the best waterparks in the world.

White water rafting is a must-do if you visit Adaland. It can be done daily at 14.45 until 15.45 and costs an extra 10 lira per person.

SKYDIVING OVER EPHESUS

The Ephesus airport in Selcuk gives holiday makers the chance to Sky Dive, parachute, go on airplane tours or take to the air with a microlight flying session. If you’re an adrenaline junkie then this is for you, with wonderful birds eye views over Ephesus, the port, the beaches and the rest of Kusadasi this will make an unforgettable holiday memory. Customized routes are available.

SCUBA DIVING

Discover the underwater world of Kusadasi on a scuba diving adventure. There are three main locations for diving in Kusadasi bay – the shore dive, Barabaros Reef and Adabanko Reef.

  • 08 Sep 2018

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