The jewel in the Aegean Coast of Turkey, Kusadasi, famed for its turquoise blue waters and clear blue skies, rich culture and delicious cuisine. The town of Kusadasi, nestled between the two international airports of Izmir and Bodrum, is providing to be ever increasing in its popularity with visitors from overseas, with year round flights from Europe into the local airport of Izmir and the cruise port bringing in worldwide visitors each day, with over 550 cruises scheduled to dock.
Some of the attractions of Kusadasi are the local historical sites of Ephesus, the temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the House of the Virgin Mary. The natural park of Turkey lies on the outskirts of Kusadasi and has an array of wildlife, treks and natural pristine beaches.
The town centre has a vast number of shops offering everything from local Turkish delight to the famed quality Leather and Gold produced locally and not forgetting the Turkish Carpets which originate from this area. During the daytime the many beaches of the region are filled with tourists and locals enjoying the sea and sunshine. There are also two of Europe`s top ten aqua parks located in this area for fun lovers and families to enjoy, one of them also hosting a Dolphin and Sea life park.
As the sun sets over Kusadasi the many restaurants offering local and international cuisine become a buzz conversation, music and the chink of the glass filled with the local tipple, Raki. The evening moves on and the night life scene of Kusadasi comes alive, with bar street offering international music from great DJ`s, the old town hosting Turkish Live Music and the Beach Clubs, hosting concerts and world known DJ`s.
The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here.
The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils (see Council of Ephesus). It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard.
The ruins of Ephesus are a favourite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport.
Sirince is a village of 600 inhabitants in Izmir Province, Turkey, located about 8 kilometres east of the town Selçuk.
Sirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century.
There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning "Ugly” in Turkish) to deter
others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Sirince (meaning "Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey.
The city contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.
The House Of Virgin MaryThe belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that she had died there, focused attention on a nun named Anna Katherina Emmerich who had livid in the late 18th century (1774-1820).
The efforts to find the house were greatly influenced by her detailed description of the Virgin Mary’s coming to Ephesus.
Her life and her last home there and the characteristics of the city although she had never been to Ephesus.
Milli ParkDilek Peninsula National Park, known locally as Milli Park, is located 23km south of Kusadasi, in a town called Guzelcamli.The National Park covers an area of 28.000 Hectares is 21 km from Kusadasi and starts at Guzelcamli and lays on Dilek Peninsula. It has a width of 6km and is 20km in length. Whether you like hiking in the mountain trails or lying on a beach relaxing, the national park is a little piece of paradise.
Due to its clean environment, breathtaking views and clean beaches, the national park is the perfect place to have a picnic. There are facilities on offer such as benches, picnic tables, toilet and shower facilities. If you don’t fancy a picnic there are also cafes available. There are many beaches to choose from, the Kalamaki beaches count of several bays the most important Icmeler, Kavakli and Karapinar.
If you’re not one to lie on the beach with a good book, there is always the canyon walk.
The "Canyon” a starting point of a hiking trip is located 5 km away from the main entrance gate.
Cars and motorbikes must pay at the entrance.
Walker and bikes are free. Another option is to take a Dolmus. From Kusadasi every half an hour.