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.

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 559 reviews

İt was great! they pick me up at time at my hotel, since the booking until they drop me back, everything was great and easy İ didn't have to plan anything! the guide and the driver, they were super friendly. İ was traveling alone and they make me feel like İ was traveling with friends! 100% İ recommend this trip, the tourist company and get your guide platform!

What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.

It was a very nice day full of interesting information. Gonca is an excellent guide and clearly knows around really well. She is also a very communicative and pleasant person, who answered all my questions regarding the day trip and Turkey. Totally recommend!

we had basically a private tour because no one else had booked. our guide was informative but we felt he wanted to rush us a little. he asked us if we wanted to stop off anywhere on the way back which was a nice gesture.

Everything was great! I got picked up and transferred from my residence to the airport with no problems. Everything went very smoothly! I would book again with this company!