Kusadasi, one of Turkey’s principle holiday resorts,offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey-90km south of Izmir,Kusadasi,is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean,as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene,Miletos-the principals of ancient times and ideal for sightseers.
Ephesus and Kusadasi Travel Guide
Ephesus one of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world and a top tourist destination in Turkey. Ephesus and Kusadasi Travel Guide is aiming to provide information about the history of Ephesus and environs for travellers travelling to Turkey or cruising to Kusadasi Port and Izmir Port of Calls. Also you can check our Daily Ephesus-Kusadasi Tours and Excursions options at a glance.
Ephesus, One of The 4 Major Cities of The Ancient World Having Population Over 200.000 People
Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise-liners. It is a good all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious nightlife. Kusadasi literally means ‘Bird Island’ and takes its name from the tiny islet known as Güvercin Adası or Pigeon Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway and boasts a 14th century Genoese fort. There are a number of sandy beaches in the area. Kadinlar Plajı or ‘Ladies Beach’ is central but can get crowded so it is wiser in high season to head a little further out of the centre where the beaches are just as sandy but offer more space. Kaleici is the old centre of the town and is a popular shopping and entertainment area. The Ottoman Kervansaray or traveler’s inn is now in private hands but is an impressive building and a landmark in the town centre. Today’s travelers can find comfort in a full range of accommodation in all categories and of all sizes.
Kusadasi’s setting also makes it a good base for those wanting to visit Ephesus which is only approximately 30 minutes’ drive away. It is also surrounded by some of Turkey’s most beautiful national park including the Kalamaki National Park, which lies on the Dilek Peninsula, approx. 30 kms to the south. Dense pine trees cover the mountains which plunge dramatically down to beaches and crystal-clear sea. Some of Turkey’s rarest wild animals can be found here including the Anatolian cheetah and wild horses. Sundays are often busy with local visitors. Another stunning spot in the vicinity is Lake Bafa which is approx, 80 kms south east of Kusadasi.
Kusadasi is also very good start point for trips to Pamukkale, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Pergamon, Aphrodisias and more.
House of Virgin Mary
House of Virgin Mary is 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.
The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940’s. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the “Water of Mary”, a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.
Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960’s. Later, in the 1980’s, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary’s Assumption.
Kusadasi is one of the most beautiful and famous places for recreation and fun holidays. Today it is one of the most sophisticated holiday resorts in Turkey.
Things to Do & See in Kusadasi
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.
Ancient City of Ephesus
Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean. Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometres from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin.