Kuşadası is one of the first tourism centers of Turkey, its tourism history dates back to the 1960s, the first cruise ship tourism started here. Especially in summer, the number of domestic and foreign tourists and the local population, which is around 110 thousand, is based on 2 million from time to time. It is 65 km from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. Kuşadası Port is Turkey’s 3rd largest port.
It is located at the mouth of the Kusadasi Bay, in a position that protects the harbor. The inner castle, named after the island on which it is located, was built by Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, and the walls were built by İlyas Ağa. The walls were built during the Peloponnese Rebellion to prevent attacks from the islands and the sea. It is not possible to go to Kuşadası and not return without seeing Guvercinada Castle.
Old City is, one of the historical places in Kuşadası, is known as the first settlement of Kuşadası. The city walls have been preserved very well and have survived to the present day. Do not leave Kusadasi without walking through the labyrinthine streets of Kaleici and seeing its day and night.
A hand sculpture that has become the symbol of Kusadasi. İsmail Cem appears before you at the Friendship and Peace Square. You see a statue of a white hand holding several black doves and a white dove in the palm. Don’t forget to watch the sunset right in this location.
Ökuz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai is one of the places to visit in the center of Kusadasi. It was built by the Grand Vizier Ökuz Mehmet Pasha in the 1600s. Today, there are hotels and souvenir shops in the caravanserai. You can see the statue of Ökuz Mehmet Pasha next to the caravanserai.
Oleatrium, which was put into service in 2011, consists of objects that have been collected with great patience and care, which are the result of an accumulation of more than 30 years. In the museum, you witness the story of how olive oil goes from the production stage to the table.
Kusadasi Ladies Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean, is known for its golden sands. The beach, which took this name because it was only open to women in the past, is open to everyone today. There are restaurants, cafes and boutique hotels along the beach. The sea is sparkling and crystal clear. It is also very suitable for families with children as it is quite shallow.
Sevgi Beach is located on the Davutlar coast, 17 km from Kuşadası. There are natural shady areas on the beach with eucalyptus trees. This is a 550 meters long beach and there are cafeteria, buffet showers and toilets.
Sevgi Beach is also used as a picnic area. You can go to Sevgi Beach for a day, have a picnic and enjoy the sea.
Dilek Peninsula-Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park has an area of 27,675 hectares. The Dilek Peninsula, which gained the status of a national park in 1966, is very important because of its biodiversity, endangered species and endemic species. In your Kusadasi trip, make sure to spare 1 day for Dilek Peninsula.
If you don’t go to Dilek Peninsula Buyuk Menderes Delta National Park and visit the Zeus Cave at its entrance, I will remember it. You should definitely see this water-filled cave, which has been the subject of a mythological story. According to the belief, when the god of sky Zeus angered his brother, the god of the seas, Poseidon, he took refuge in this cave, rested and bathed in order to protect himself from the wrath of Poseidon, who turned the seas upside down with his pitchfork. If you come during the summer months, you can swim in the natural pool inside the cave.
Ephesus Ruins, which is 18 km away from Kuşadası, has always played an important role in the fields of civilization, science, culture and art throughout its history dating back to the 5th millennium BC and is one of the most important centers of the ancient world. Ephesus was an important port city, which was the main gate between East and West (Asia and Europe), and with this location, it developed as the most important political and commercial center of its age.
The fact that the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world, based on the ancient mother goddess (Kybele) tradition of Anatolia, is located in Ephesus further increases the importance of the city.
In Ephesus Ruins, you can see unique architectural works such as Celsius Library, Hillside Houses, Theater and breathe the air of Antiquity
19 km from Kusadasi. The House of Virgin Mary, which is far away, is located on Mount Bulbul. 4 or 6 years after Jesus’ death, St. It is known that John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus. In 1891, Lazarist priests, upon the dream of German nun A. Katherina Emerich, revealed that this is the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last days, as a result of research. This event was a brand new discovery in the Christian world and shed light on the religious world. This cross-planned and domed structure was later restored. In the house, which is considered sacred by Muslims, Pope VI. After Paul’s visit in 1967, rites are held on the 15th day of August every year and these rites attract great attention.
The history of Şirince village, which is only 29 km from Kuşadası, dates back to BC. It dates back to 500 years. Şirince offers unforgettable tastes to its visitors with its history, architectural texture, vineyards, homemade table wines, delicious garbage kebab, pancakes and village products.
The Temple of Artemis (Greek: Artemision; Latin: Artemisium) is also known as the Temple of Diana. The temple dedicated to the Goddess Artemis was completed in Ephesus around 550 BC. The temple was built entirely of marble. Today, only a few pieces of marble remain from the temple, which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. The Temple of Artemis is located in Selçuk İzmir, 25 km away from Kuşadası.
St. John’s Church is within the borders of Selçuk district, 30 km away from Kuşadası. Considered one of the most important figures of Christianity, St. John (St. Jean), Hz. One of the 12 apostles of Jesus. It is thought that St. John, also known as “St. John”, wrote the “Gospel of John” in Ephesus. st. The basilica built on the tomb of John is one of the most important witnesses of the early Christian period.
Hz. After the crucifixion of Jesus, his favorite apostle St. It is rumored that John found it inconvenient for the Virgin Mary to stay in Jerusalem and smuggled him to Ephesus. Hz. Mary lived and died on Bulbul Mountain until she was 101 years old; st. It is thought that Jean buried the Virgin Mary in a place on this mountain that no one knows but himself.
The pearl of the Aegean, Kuşadası is also very rich in terms of gastronomy. You can eat fresh fish daily at the fish restaurants along the coastline, or you can taste local delicacies such as keskek, rolled, bollama, cap, cowpea with olive oil, stuffed zucchini flowers, and roasted catnip. Cibes herb, Şevketi bostan, sea cowpea, tangle and radish herb are just a few of the Aegean herbs you can find in Kuşadası neighborhood markets and restaurants. You can taste the unique flavors of Aegean cuisine to the fullest in Kuşadası.