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Kusadasi, Turkey

Kuşadası is a coastal resort town in the Aydin Province of Aegean Turkey. It has become a popular holiday resort, especially for visitors from Northern and Western Europe. It has about 50,000 residents, although that grows significantly during the high season months of May to October.

Kuşadası takes its name from the Turkish 'kuş' (bird) and 'ada' (island) -- literally 'Bird Island', a reference to Guvercin Adası ('Pigeon Island'), which is connected to the mainland of Kusadasi by a short causeway. Today, citizens of Kuşadası often shorten the name to Ada.

Kuşadası caters to tourists, growing to over half a million during the high season when the large resort fills with tourists (from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the Balkans) plus the hotel staff, bar staff, construction workers, and drivers who are needed to work in the restaurants servicing all these visitors. The hills behind... Read more

Kusadasi, Turkey

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Kuşadası is a coastal resort town in the Aydin Province of Aegean Turkey. It has become a popular holiday resort, especially for visitors from Northern and Western Europe. It has about 50,000 residents, although that grows significantly during the high season months of May to October.

Kuşadası takes its name from the Turkish 'kuş' (bird) and 'ada' (island) -- literally 'Bird Island', a reference to Guvercin Adası ('Pigeon Island'), which is connected to the mainland of Kusadasi by a short causeway. Today, citizens of Kuşadası often shorten the name to Ada.

Kuşadası caters to tourists, growing to over half a million during the high season when the large resort fills with tourists (from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the Balkans) plus the hotel staff, bar staff, construction workers, and drivers who are needed to work in the restaurants servicing all these visitors. The hills behind Kuşadasi are built up with big hotels and blocks of holiday flats.

 


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Kusadasi, Turkey: Port Information


The city is a port of call for cruise ships plying the Eastern Mediterranean.
Today, Kuşadası is the second busiest cruise port in Turkey, after Istanbul, mainly due to the archaeological attractions at Ephesus. The Kuşadası docks are right downtown, and terminals offer a good selection of stores including a duty-free shop.

Get around Kusadasi, Turkey


By taxi
Taxi drivers in Kusadasi tend to be helpful and are normally happy to give you recommendations for restaurants. But you must be careful and guard against fake taxis and scammers; make sure that the identification plate of the taxi starts with 09 T.
  • Can Taxi Seaport, M. Esat Bozkurt St., Merdivenaltı Can Taxi Office, ☎ +90 256-614-4696, e-mail: cantaxiservice@gmail.com. If you come to Kusadasi by cruise ship, when you get off, you'll see the office right near the seaport.

 

What to see in Kusadasi, Turkey


In the town
  • The City Walls - There were once three gates. One remains today.
  • Kaleiçi Camii - the mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Öküz Kara Mehmed Pasha.
  • The Öküz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai is near the docks. It was built in 1618 as a strong-room for the goods of seamen.
  • Guvercin Adası (i.e., 'Pigeon Island') - the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbor of Kuşadası. There are public beaches at the back of the peninsula, towards the open sea.
Dilek Peninsula is the Peninsula lying between Kusadasi and Aydin center. It is in Western (Aegean) coast of Turkey and it has many many rare plant species.

What to do in Kusadasi, Turkey


Beach life

There are some good beaches both south and north of Kusadasi. All beaches are commercialized with hotels surrounding them. South of Kusadasi is the ladies beach, lost paradise beach, and the long beach

  • The World’s Most Beautiful Clean Beaches in Kusadasi. The Kusadasi Beaches are world-famous beaches. Kusadasi beaches have received Blue Flag for the clean sea and unique sand. Caretta Caretta sea turtles prefer lay eggs to Kusadasi Davutlar Beach. All Kusadasi beaches have sand and After 50 meters the depth be 160 centimeters.

What to eat and drink in Kusadasi, Turkey


Eat

  • Avlu Restaurant & Cafe, Cephane Sokak 15 (Located in the bazaar area behind the main post office.). Tasty Turkish food at a reasonable price. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Vegetarian options available upon request. Finish your meal with an excellent cup of Turkish coffee served in style. 
  • Saray Restaurant is one of the best multi-national restaurants in town. Located at Kaleici (Oldtown) at the heart of the city.
  • Orient Bar The Orient Bar is famous for its cozy atmosphere, grapevine roof and its walls are surrounded by old music instruments. This bar is perfect if you enjoy live music, a cold drink and a place full of atmosphere! It is said that once you visit the Orient Bar, you never want to leave. Suitable for families and couples alike.
  • SWE Restaurant Enjoy an ice cold beer or a holiday cocktail while overlooking the Aegan Coastline at Ladies Beach. Established in 2000, SWE restaurant has earned an excellent reputation for the most hospitable service and freshly prepared, delicious food!

Drink

  • The Orient Bar The Orient Bar is famous for its cozy atmosphere, grapevine roof and its walls are surrounded by old music instruments. This Bar is perfect if you are into live music, a cold drink, and lively atmosphere. Some say that once you visit the Orient Bar, you never want to leave! Suitable for couples and families alike.
  • The Limon Bar The Limon Bar is extremely popular amongst tourists. This bar, which stays open until late, is the perfect place to finish up for the night. Enjoy yourself, relax and have fun at the Limon Bar.
  • Cem's Paradise Cem's Paradise is open all year round. During the Summer months, you can enjoy live rock music on Wednesdays and Saturday nights. Enjoy a cold Efes, sit back and relax. You may also hear one of Cems stories if you are lucky!

Shopping in Kusadasi, Turkey


The "downtown" area near the waterfront is quite modern, with many stores and an open-air bazaar. Offerings range from typical souvenirs to fine jewelry and Turkish rugs. Hawkers frequently implore passersby to come inside, but with patience, visitors can find quality items at prices often somewhat better than in large cities. Bargaining is expected, and essential in the bazaar.

  • Mosaic Rugs, Mahmut Esat Bozkurt Cad. No:8, ☎ +90 256 612 82 82. Located next to the Port, a showroom displaying traditional Turkish handmade silk and wool carpets with an exhibition area where staff happily explain the rug making process. Learn about silk production, natural color dyes and the art of traditional carpet weaving. No obligation to buy, but should you wish to purchase a traditional Turkish rug to adorn your home then worldwide delivery is available.

Safety in Kusadasi, Turkey


Use your common sense - and everything will be fine. Don't demonstrate your wealth, don't wear expensive jewelry, be polite and respect other people. Guard against fake taxis.

Language spoken in Kusadasi, Turkey


Turkish is the official language. English may be understood and spoken in tourist places.

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