People who want to experience something a bit different during their vacation in Turkey should make sure that they add a trip to Kusadasi to their itinerary. Kusadasi was once an unspoiled community of fishermen and farmers, but today is plagued by tourists and cruise ships. Fortunately, the area around the city limits features some splendid coastline and the famed ruins of Ephesus are also nearby.
The closest airport, Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport, lies about 97 kilometers away. Tran
sfers to Izmir can only be made by taxi. Long-distance bus service from Istanbul takes about nine hours; while the bus journey from Ankara is 10 hours. Ferries from the Greek island of Samos arrive once daily into the main harbor.
Kusadasi has an unimpressive beach, however, the long and lovely waterfront promenade is a great place to stroll as the sun slowly sets. Ladies’ Beach, which is a topless beach, can be found just under four kilometers to the south of the town. Dilek National Park also comes complete with a number of enchanting isolated beaches that are edged by pine trees.
If you’re already visiting Ephesus, you can stop at Selçuk, three kilometers away. The village offers a beautiful stretch of beach just minutes to the west. Also here, the Ephesus Museum (Efes Müzesi) houses a wealth of archaeological findings and is one of the most important museums in the nation. Also not too far away, the spa town of Pamukkale is home to cloudy white mountainside and mineral-rich waters.
Kusadasi’s nightlife is concentrated in the old town center, which contains more Irish pubs than some cities in Ireland. Additionally, you can take in a Turkish Night folklore show at Club Caravanserail, among other places. The performance is filled with folkloric dances from various regions, belly dancing and a spoon drummer