Kusadasi (Turkey)

Gateway to one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museums; find ancient treasures in Kusadasi.

Kusadasi is a city full of immaculate beaches, lively nights and shopping heaven – a fun seaside city

Arriving in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey you’ll instantly feel at home. A huge covered bazaar stretches out in front of you and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Follow your instincts and lose track of time ambling from café to café and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites.

Find time for yourself on one of the many white sandy beaches in and around Kusadasi such as Diamond Beach, Paradise Beach or Love Beach, where you can try your hand at windsurfing or even jet skiing. And there’s no shortage of good times in Kusadasi: weather that’s always on your side, a chilled, laid-back atmosphere and ancient sites on its doorstep.

In the city, itself, stroll around the Fortress of Kusadasi on Pigeon Island and discover city walls that protect historic gems such as the Fortress Mosque. But head out into the sun-soaked hills above the Aegean coast, and you’ll come across some of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Founded by the ancient Greeks, the City of Ephesus served as one of the key centers for Christianity and, due to its strategic location, was a significant trade center of the ancient world. It remains one of the most well-preserved sights in history and is a truly memorable highlight for visitors to Turkey. Stroll between marble colonnades up to Hadrian’s Temple, Trajan’s Fountain and the Great Theater carved into the side of Mt Pion for an experience that’s out of this world. You’ll be whisked back in time through centuries and glory days of the Roman Empire in a journey to one of the most complete Classical cities in Europe.

Home to one of the best covered bazaars on the Turkish coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice with local products. Browse and bargain for everything from furniture, carpets and jewelry to natural cosmetics and handbags. Wander through spice-scented alleys and soak up its lively atmosphere, and once you’ve satisfied your shopping needs, explore Kusadasi’s most impressive landmark – the stunning Fortress Mosque.

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