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Kusadasi, Turkey

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Kusdasi Overview

Beach holidays: Being a large, mainly inland country, some holidays in Turkey only have one or two beaches. Not so with Kusadasi. There’s a soft, sandy beach in the centre, as well as a good few more just a couple of kilometres away.

Historic sites: One of the best things about holidays to Kusadasi is that they appeal to all ages and types of tourist. So while you’ve got your great beaches and water parks, Kusadasi also has ancient Greek ruins and Byzantine castles.

Shopping holidays: If shopping’s your bag, you’ll be made up with the amount of markets in Kusdasi every week. There are no less than three, dedicated to food, crafts and clothes. The highly original designs on show mean you’ve got ample opportunity to pick out something unique.

Dance the night away: There are a huge number of bars in Kusadasi, and also an impressive array of clubs that line its beach. It’s easy to have a great night every day of the week on holidays here.

Attractions in Kusadasi

Ephesus: Truly a staggering site, and as the second largest city of the Roman Empire it’s one of great historical importance too. Of the many ruins here the star attraction is the 44,000 seat theatre. The tightly compacted seats almost seem to rise up to the sky. It’s in surprisingly good shape too considering it’s over 2000 years old! The Library of Celsus (that once held over 12,000 scrolls) and the Temple of Hadrian will also give you an idea of how significant this place was in Roman times. Outside of Italy, this is perhaps the best example of Roman architecture in all the holidays to Turkey.

The Caravanserai: Literally translated as a ‘Roadside Inn’ the Caravanserai in Kusadasi was built by the Ottomans in 1618. It joins on to the old city walls from the same period, and it creates a pretty backdrop to the centre of the old town.

Guvercin Ada: Known locally as ‘Pigeon Island’, this cute little plot of land connects to the mainland by a road bridge, so it’s easily accessible. It’s well worth a visit on holidays to Kusadasi, as you can check out the Byzantine fortresses there and take in the sights of the coastline too.

Activities in Kusadasi

Aqua Fantasy Land: This huge hotel resort doubles up as an amazing water park too. With a Disney-style castle and river swimming pools, it’s rather different to many of the other splash ‘n’ slide attractions you may have visited on past holidays.

Dilek National Park: Although it’s a little further out from Kusadasi, there’s a handy minibus service going to this beautiful park every 15 minutes in the summer. Go for a little wander there and it’s likely you’ll come across completely empty beaches and miles of stunning scenery.

Beaches in Kusadasi

Downtown Beach: This stretch of coastline is extremely convenient, being actually within the main part of Kusadasi itself. You’ll enjoy a great view of Pigeon Island too, but it can get pretty packed during the summer months.

Ladies’ Beach: Don’t worry; this much-loved beach is not ‘ladies-only’ anymore! And it’s a good thing too, as now everyone can enjoy the shallow, crystal clear waters and the soft sand on their beach holidays to Kusadasi.

Long Beach: Perhaps unsurprisingly, this beach first got its name from the fact it’s very long – over 18km in total. It’s been split into sections since then, but the first bit is still offers a nice little holiday for those who love soft golden sand – and let’s face it, which doesn’t!

Restaurants in Kusadasi

Shah-Jan: This quality Indian restaurant offers a huge selection of curries, all cooked to order from fresh ingredients. Being near to Ladies’ Beach you’ll get some stunning views of the coastline of Kusadasi included with your meal too!

Antepli Et Lokantasi & Tatli: This restaurant has quite a long name, but we really would advise you to make a note of it on your holidays to Kusadasi. The traditional Turkish dining experience here is second to none. It’s a great place to try out delicacies like baklava (sweet pastries), skewered kebabs and crumbly Turkish cheese.

Mezgit: A specialist in fish dishes, many diners come here for the mouth-wateringly fresh calamari and king prawns. You also have a choice of the catch of the day, caught from the local seas just a few hours before.

Nightlife in Kusadasi

Vibrant and varied bars: Kusdasi holidays attract an especially diverse range of tourists to its pleasant shores. You’ll discover the nightlife here is equally eclectic too. So alongside your expected Sky TV sports bars and Irish-themed pubs, you’ll also come across authentic Turkish dance and entertainment shows. Bar Street is where most of the livelier action is, with clubs like Heaven and Angels playing loud music until the early hours.

Chilled beach drinks: Kusadasi has become something of a specialist in beach bars, with five along Ladies’ Beach. During the day you can take some shade in the air-conditioned interiors and enjoy a chilled cocktail. At night the atmosphere heats up, with dance music pumping in the outdoor terraces so you can party under the stars.

Shopping in Kusadasi

Bustling markets: There are three weekly markets in Kusadasi. The Wednesday market is the best for holidaymakers as you’ll see stalls with craftwork, unique souvenirs and traditional Turkish delicacies. In particular, we’d advise you to look out for the local honey, which is considered to be excellent. And of course, who can forget deliciously soft and sweet Turkish Delight?

Wonderful Bazaars: Kusadasi holidays really are a shopper’s paradise, as alongside the markets, there are two expanded bazaars that sell all manner of interesting items. You’ll find everything from fragrances and carpets to ornate metalwork. You can even try a bit of bartering in the shops, although it’s usually easier at the markets.

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