Kusadasi

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This harbor town on Turkey's Aegean coast is quickly becoming a holiday favorite for those seeking sunny beaches, ancient monuments, an exciting nightlife, and fantastic shopping deals. Something for everyone! Here are some of the highlights of Kusadasi.

  • Pamukkale

    1. Pamukkale

    Cliff-top springs have created an fantastical landscape dubbed the "Cotton Castle." Tour the ruins of ancient Hierapolis and soak in the thermal waters that made it famous!

  • Ephesus

    2. Ephesus

    Founded in the 10th century BC, Ephesus boasts many major ancient Greek monuments, like the Library of Celsus, and is easily reached from Kusadasi.

  • Temple of Artemis

    3. Temple of Artemis

    Perhaps Ephesus' most famous ruin is this temple dedicated to the Hellenistic goddess Artemis. It was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and the first to be destroyed!

  • Basilica of St. John

    4. Basilica of St. John

    Built by Justinian I over the assumed resting place of John the Apostle, pilgrims to Ephesus once collected dust near the church to use as "manna" – a miracle cure for sickness!

  • House of the Virgin Mary

    5. House of the Virgin Mary

    This humble stone house in Ephesus is believed by many Catholics to be where the Virgin Mary spent her final years. All we can say for certain is that it's very, very old!

  • İsa Bey Mosque

    6. İsa Bey Mosque

    Venture out to the Ayasluğ hills to discover this 14th-century Islamic temple modeled after the Great Mosque of Damascus. Eroded by time, the mosque was partly restored in 1934.

  • Ephesus Archaeological Museum

    7. Ephesus Archaeological Museum

    If you enjoyed your tour of Ephesus' ruins, delve into this extensive collection of archaeological treasures unearthed nearby. It recently reopened after major renovation work.

Frequently asked questions about Kusadasi

Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Kusadasi benefits from relatively warm weather all year round, although winter is a bit too cold to make the most of your beach vacation! The best time to visit Kusadasi is when the skies are clearest and the temperatures at their most pleasant. That can be any time between May and October!

  • How far is it from Istanbul?

    Kusadasi is 575 km from Istanbul, and you can drive there via the E881. It's also accessible by train or air, but why not take a ferry along the scenic Aegean coast instead?

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year. May through October, however, are the most resplendent months, especially if you plan to hit the beach!

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What people are saying about Kusadasi

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 598 reviews

Ahu is the most exceptional toir guide we have ever met! What an absolutely magical experience that completely exceeded our expectations. We were deciding whether or not to do the Ephesus Tour which includes the visit to Sirince: and we are so glad we did! It is a cute little town with great wine that ties up the whole experience. Exceptional experience, wonderful guide and driver... Was an absolutely incredible experience!

El tour ha sido genial. Nuestra guía, Gonca, ha explicado cada detalle y hemos podido conocer mejor la zona gracias a ella, que nos ha dado ideas de qué otras zonas conocer, visitar y donde comer. Bien la empresa que a pesar de ser solo dos no ha cancelado el tour y hemos podido disfrutar de él. Muy recomendable, ya que ir a Efeso y ver ruinas sin explicación, no merece tanto la pena.

Really outstanding! Our guide was well prepared, clear, and very engaging. He was our best guide during our two week stay. He has deep historical knowledge and really wove together many centuries of history. We learned a lot and had fun. The driver was also professional and spoke English. Our van was super comfy, too

Ephesus is awe inspiring, a great tour around the excavated parts with a friendly guide, The house of virgin Mary and the church of St. John, the gospel writer, is included. Not to be missed!

Really had a wonderful time. Boat staffs were so friendly and lovely lunch. Will be coming again