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Best Things to Do and See in Kusadasi

Whether you’re visiting Kusadasi for a few days , Kusadasi is sure to have something for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in Kusadasi. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in Kusadasi. Here are Best Things to Do and See in Kusadasi. Also our tailor-made Ephesus-Kusadasi Tours and Excursions are built with your specifications, interests and requirements in mind. You will be able to move at your own pace, select your own excursions and stay in the comforts you are accustomed to.

Visit the Ancient City of Ephesus

A holiday to Kusadasi is not complete without going on a tour to the ruins of the spectacular ancient city of Ephesus.If you’re staying in Kusadasi you must go to the Roman Ruins at Ephesus.They are spectacular. There are lots of “ruins”, and the sense of history you feel as you stroll down the main street is amazing. You almost expect a troop of legionnaires to come marching past you.

Temple of Artemis

The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp. Today one can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns’ capitals and shafts. The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum.

Explore Pigeon Island and Visit the Museum

Pigeon Island, also known as Bird Island, is the symbol of Kusadasi and where the name Kusadasi (meaning Bird Island) originated from. Visit the Museum inside the old Byzantine Castle or simply sit down and enjoy the panoramic view of Kusadasi.


Built in 1618 and restored in 1966, this is an Ottoman Castle built for sea trade. It has a Courtyard and a Two storied porch area. The entrance to the Caravanserai has a Marble Gate and a low archway. There are two archways, one left, and one right. The one on the left has a small back door, thought to be for left luggage. The right one was probably the Guardians, who took care of incoming and outgoing people. There is also another gate opening into the Bazaar. There are some expensive shops on the ground floor.

Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Located on the northern slopes of Mount Pion, near Ephesus, The Grotto of Seven Sleepers has been discovered by both Christians and Moslems with a growing interest. According to the Christian legend seven young men were walled in during the reign of Decius (250) and yet were seen alive in the streets of Ephesus during the reign of Theodosius II some years after the Council of Ephesus (431). In the Koran, it is claimed that the sleepers slept 309 years in their tombs. A church has been built above this Grotto by the Christians.


Aphrodisias enjoys both an unbelievable historical richness and a beautiful natural scenery where all green tones from poplar to olive trees are present. The city was famous not only as a philosophy and medicine center but above all as a school of sculpture: the masterpieces realized there have been spread all over the Roman Empire and found back in the most popular temples such as in Didyma.

Cave of Zeus

Surrounded mostly by the olive trees and a great variety of the colorful wild flowers of the region, The Cave of Zeus, pretends to be hidden from the view, serving as a “secret” place. To the mythology, Zeus used to swim inside, with the beautiful girls of the village, hiding from his jealous wife, Hera.


Situated 32 km north of Kusadasi and 2 km north of the ancient harbor Notion, Claros was famous for “The Temple of Apollo” as a center of oracle in the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Claros possessed several religious edifices including the famous temple of Apollo, that is also mentioned in the lays of Homer.


As a logical continuation, after Priene and Miletos, one goes to Didyma, a famous temple for its oracles. The temple was famous all over the Greek world for its oracles so that it even surpassed the reputation of Delphi.The reason for which the harbor of Panamos near Didyma became very busy and was visited by lots of commanders, ordinary and respected people, is that they wanted to learn their future from the priests of the temple.

Temple of Euromos

It is located between Milas and Bafa Lake. It is known to be one of the best preserved temples in Asia Minor which is the Temple of Euromos. It was built in the 2nd century A.D. It was consisted of 17 columns originally and today 16 of them are standing. The temple was believed to be completed ever.


Hierapolis was established by King Eumenes 2 and was given the name of “Hiera” in the honour of the wife of Telephos, the legendary establisher of the ancient Pergamum.Hierapolis was not reputed only for its thermal waters, but also for its various temples and social activities including the lively festivals and music concerts, favored by all.

Isa Bey Mosque

Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375.

Kursunlu Monastery

Situated on the side of the slope at an altitude of 600 meters above the sea level, The Monastery of Kursunlu, is believed to be a Byzantine orthodox monastery built in the 2nd century AD. In the consequence of the immigrations of early Christian believers, the region became an outstanding religious center for education.

Miletos Ancient City

Miletos is one of the oldest cities of Ionia, located north of Soke, about 60 km away from Kusadasi. The city was on the point where the Buyuk Menderes (“Meander”) flew into the Aegean Sea. Because of the alluviums, Miletos has been remote several times from sea, which explains that one can see today different harbors.

St. John

It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of Saint Paul, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD).

Sardes Ancient City

It was the ancient capital of Lydia which was ruled by the King Croesus who had the fame to use coin exchange for goods. However because of the earthquakes most of ruins are now under the ground and the ones on earth are dating back to the Roman Times only.

The House of Virgin Mary

Located on the top of the “Bulbul” mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.

Pay a visit to the old Greek Village of Sirince

Located 30kms from Kusadasi, this picturesque village with small cafes and wine houses with a magnificent view over fields, orchards, vineyards and olive groves is worth a visit. Eat traditional Turkish pancakes known as ‘gozleme’ in one of the many cafes and try the fruit wines which Sirince has become famous for producing.
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