KUSADASI & EFES
KUSADASI – THE GATEWAY TO EPHESUS
Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district with the same name in Aydin Province. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dagi behind. The area has been a centre of art and culture since the earliest times and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded by the Leleges people in 3000 BC. Later settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century. Originally been seamen and traders, the Ionians built a number of settlements on this coast including Neopolis.
Kusadasi is one of the most charming holiday resorts of the Aegean Sea coast in Turkey which offers an excellent environment for a memorable holiday. Numerous powdery sandy beaches with warm clear waters provide a peaceful atmosphere and, allow a great variety of water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volleyball are only a few choices for the lovers of active life. After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the superb sunset. Enjoy watching the yachts and ships together with the marvellous panoramic view of the sunset. The restaurants, serving a variety of fresh seafood, fish and Aegean specialities, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi. Dancing and entertaining at a lively bar or a disco until dawn may end an ideal day in Kusadasi.
Kusadası, one of the best stops for cruises, offers cruise passengers a joyous shopping experience, wonderful beaches and Kusadasi shore excursions to some of the most fabulous ruins in the world. When cruise ships anchor in this lovely town, cruise travellers can enjoy visiting the best preserved ancient city in the world:
EPHESUS, which is also the largest excavated Greco-Roman City in the world. Ephesus was, like many other Anatolian ancient cities, a cradle first of Greek and then of Roman civilization. Although only 10% of the city has been excavated, enough survives of its magnificent buildings for you to get a real sense of what an old Roman town has looked like. Once a town with a population of nearly 250,000 inhabitants, Ephesus has been the capital of the Roman province known as Asia Minor. It was a flourishing centre of religion, culture and arts. As one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis was a source of pride and prosperity for the city. Above all, in the wonderful terrace houses, you will feel yourself a guest dropping in on life as it was lived almost two millennia ago.
Much to see historical features are Ephesus Ancient City, Terrace Houses, The Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, The Basilica of St. John, The Cave of Seven Sleepers, Efes Archaeological Museum, Priene, Miletos and Didyma ancient towns.
As well as these historical features of Kusadasi, you might like to undertake one of the enjoyable day excursions that are available such as boat trips, horse safari, jeep safari, quad safari, scuba diving and more…
Once in a lifetime experience – private visit of the Ephesus Ancient city (after the official opening hours). Enjoy the sunset with cocktails at Odeon theatre, accompanied by the music of the Izmir Chamber Orchestra, continue the evening with dinner at Celcus Library enjoy the show of Antonius & Cleopatra Ballet Performance.
Exclusive dinner or cocktail at the Efes Archaeological Museum.
Enjoy a village wedding ceremony at Degirmen Restaurant.
Do a tandem sky dive at Selcuk and see the wonder of Ephesus.
Visit the Natural Park, explore crystal clear beaches.
Take a dip into the cave of Zeus.
g2o Cultural Tip
Explore Pigeon Island & visit the Museum.
Visit Sirince Village which is an old Greek village and try local wine.
g2o Hot Table
Eat at Mezgit Restaurant: Try Fish soup
Eat at Kazımusta Restaurant: Try seasonal grilled fish – Anything comes out of sea is delicious at this restaurant.