Kusadasi in Turkey
Founded by the Ionians and formerly known by the name Neopolis, Kusadası has been the cradle of culture and art throughout centuries.
Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s beach resort town and is a major cruise ship destination on the western Aegean coast. Kusadasi is reputed for being one of the most attractive cities on the Aegean shore. It is also considered as a jumping-off point as it is close to the important historical sites, namely Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Goddess Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Seven Sleepers, Didyma, Priene, and Miletos.
Home to many civilizations, the first settlement in Kusadasi was established by Yılancı Burnu, Cape of Ophiuchus. Acting as one of the major seaports of the ancient times connecting Anatolia to the seas, Kusadasi has been the cradle of culture and art throughout centuries. The long and narrow streets of Kusadasi are populated with gorgeous adjacent houses illustrate the quaint architecture of the city. Apart from its scenic beauties, Kusadasi harbors a variety of restaurants offering special plates which are unique to the Aegean region.
Why is it called Kusadasi?
Weather in Kusadasi
Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate. It has hot summers and mild winters, so it provides a long tourism season. For 300 days of the year, the city is bathed in sunshine.
Things to do
Güvercinada (Pigeon Island)
Known in English as Pigeon Island, Güvercinada is a peninsula connected to the mainland Kusadasi through a relatively narrow, man-made causeway which is 350 m in length. The Pigeon Island is a favorite spot for a seaside walk; it has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbor of Kusadasi. The public beaches are located at the back of the peninsula.
It is the most popular beach and swimming spot in Kusadasi. The Turkish name Kadınlar Denizi, which is a translation of Women's Sea, comes from the historical usage of the beach during the Ottoman period. At that time, only women were allowed to swim there; however, today both men and women are allowed in the beach. The Beach is lined with palm trees, full of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, and many hotels to the extent that the beach looks like a resort in itself.
Öküz Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai
The Öküz Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai is a caravanserai in Kusadasi. It was built by Ottoman statesman and military commander Öküz Mehmed Pasha; after its renovation, the building is now used as a hotel.
Go for a Dive
Kusadasi bay is a volcanic one which means that the sea bed is covered in cracks and fissures that emits hot water. Divers are generally quite surprised at how hot the water is when they dive into one of these hot water outpourings for the first time. There are three main locations for diving in Kusadasi, namely Shore Dive, Barabaros Reef, and Adabanko Reef.
Kusadasi is a shopper’s paradise with its endless range of shops and bazaars that offer excellent value in genuine fake designer goods, carpets, leather, jewelery, souvenir’s, silks, and clothes. The Grand Bazaar in Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s largest shopping markets troves and a pleasure to walk around and explore.
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