Kuşadası (pop. 500,000) is a major Aegean resort
city and cruise
ship port 108 km (67 miles,
1-1/2-hour drive) due south of İzmir
so close to the renowned ruins of Ephesus,
it gets more than its share of Turkish
and foreign visitors.
With more than 140
hotels, Kuşadası has
plenty of beds for visitors, though
some of them are noisy. More...
Everybody visits Ephesus. Some travelers
also come for the city's vibrant nightlife and
shopping, others come for Kuşadası's beaches.
Although there are some stretches
of beach right in the city, the prime
narrow, and also backed by city—is Ladies
Beach (Kadınlar Plajı) south
of the center.
Serious beach fans
make the 15-minute, 8-km drive north
Beach, which is wide, long and
uncrowded, and nearer
but with fewer services, some surf,
and no lifeguards.
You can use Kuşadası as
a base for tours of other sights in
the region such as Priene, Miletus and Didyma; Euromos; Pamukkale and Aphrodisias;
and even İzmir and Bodrum.
tours are available to
all these places, or you can see them
by yourself. More...
Here's an important tip: When
a cruise ship is
in port, Kusadasi's transient population
soars and the dock and bazaar just
inland from the dock teem
with guys wanting to sell you tours,
shore excursions, carpets, pottery—all
kinds of stuff.
Cruise ship and Bird Island (Kuş Adası)...
If you're arriving on a cruise ship
and would like a good,
those to the ancient cities mentioned
above, contact Anker
Travel, a trusted local
tour operator, travel agency and TurkeyTravelPlanner.com partner.
Travel can also arrange a reasonably-priced
day-excursion by boat to the Greek
island of Samos.
here for full information on ferries
to Greece and the Greek Islands.
evening, Kuşadası's nightlife
lively, from the British- and Irish-themed
bars to the cool jazz haunts.
to travel to and from Kuşadası.
Here's a tip: pronounce the
town's name "koo-SHAH-dah-suh" or "KOOSH-ah-dah-suh" if
you want to sound like you know what
you're doing. It
means "Bird Island:" kuş
= bird, ada(sı) = island. That's the correct Turkish
pronunciation. (The clueless pronounce
—by Tom Brosnahan