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Kusadasi:Founded by the Ionians and formerly known by the name Neopolis, Kusadası has been the cradle of culture and art throughout centuries.
Although the exact time of foundation of this antique city is unknown it is for sure that this pearl of the gulf was established by the Ionians under the rule of Ephesus. Engaged in trade and maritime, the Ionians provided a major contribution to the enrichment and development of the region.
Home to many civilizations, the first settlement in Kuşadası was situated by Yılancı Burnu (Cape of Ophiuchus). One of the major seaports of the ancient times connecting Anatolia to the seas, Kusadasi is also fairly rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Situated in the older town of Kusadasi, the castle is the shining star of the antique city. Some parts of the fortifications surrounding the castle have survived up to the present day.
The long and narrow streets populated with gorgeous adjacent houses illustrate the quaint architecture of the city.
Apart from its scenic beauties Kusadasi harbors a variety of restaurants offering specialties unique to the Aegean region.
Offering a clear blue sea, beautiful beaches and many natural and historical beauties Kusadasi continues to be a major holiday destination for all vacationers looking for a perfect holiday.
Extant since the ancient times, Kuşadası harbors natural and historical wonders alongside magnificent beaches.Güvercin Ada (Pigeon Island) is among the major touristic attractions. Dating back to the Byzantine era the island took its final shape after it was reconstructed to guard against any possible attacks. The castle rising above the hill will mesmerize you with its amazing view.Neopolis, where the first settlement in Kusadasi occurred, is a little peninsula stretching into the sea near to Güvercin Island. Offering a breathtaking view the antique settlement is among the must-see sites of Kusadasi.The Oküz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai was built during the Ottoman era to contribute to the overseas trade. The caravanserai exemplifying the amazing architecture of the Ottomans, functions as a shopping center comprising little shops selling local products. The site is also a popular venue where Turkish nights are organized.Pygala, established by Agememnon one of the most renowned rulers of antiquity and Paniomion, one of the 12 Ionian cities, are among the most significant ancient sites rich in history and antique monuments.Constructed during the Ottoman era, Kaleici Mosque, decorated with mother of pearl inlaid, is one of the finest examples of the architecture of the period.Milli Park (National Park) is the habitat of a variety of flora and fauna including rare plants and the Mediterranean monk seals. Nature enthusiasts interested specifically in examining flora and fauna should make sure to pay a visit to Milli Park.
The more than 20 km- long- seaside including beaches such as Güvercinada, Yılancı Burnu, Yavansu, Karaova is another tourist attraction of the area. Adjoining the deep blues sea the beaches of Kusadasi will make you feel comfortable and relaxed under the warm Aegean sun.
The refreshing thermal springs of Çiban, Venus and Güzelcamlı are awaiting their guests to offer an altogether different experience for visitors looking for healing and relaxation.
Furthermore, Kusadasi is among the major cruising destinations hosting well known cruise ships from all around the world. Passengers of cruise lines stopping over in Kusadasi will be amazed by the beauty of the resort and the variety of touristic attractions in the area.
A cove where history meets the blue sea, Kusadasi is ever ready to welcome its visitors any time of the year!
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 Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai is near the docks. It was built in 1618 as a strong-room for the goods of seamen.
Guvercin Adası or “Pigeon Island” in English – 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 harbour of Kuşadası. There are public beaches at the back of the peninsula, towards the open sea.
Kirazli Village – traditional Turkish village 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Kuşadası.
Yılancı Burnu – a second peninsula beyond Güvercin Ada. Possibly the location of the original settlement of Neopolis. Some walls are visible. There are beaches and beach clubs here.
Several aqua-parks with wave-pools, white-water slides are located near the town.
Ladies Beach – near town.
Kadıkalesi – Venetian/Byzantine castle, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)along the Kuşadası-Davutlar road,
Panionium – 25 km (16 mi) south of Kuşadası, on the Davutlar-Güzelçamlı road. Once the central meeting place of the Ionian League. The ruins are in poor condition and their authenticity is disputed.
Dilek Peninsula National Park. South of Kuşadası, begins at the town of Güzelçamlı. Bays and beaches, including the bay of Kalamaki.
A district of in the province of Aydin, Kusadasi is situated at a convenient location that can be reached easily via a variety of transportation options.The Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is the closest airport in the region. Travelers to Kusadasi can take the shuttles and transportation vehicles leaving from Izmir and reach their destination after a short journey.
One can also reach the destination via the 772 km-long-highway network developed in the province of Aydin. Travelers can take any of the intercity buses to Aydin and get on the shuttle leaving from the central bus station to Kusadasi.
Do not wait to explore this amazing landscape. Just take your bag and embark on a pleasant holiday!