Kusadasi

Kusadasi

Tremendous shopping,a fascinating Old Quarters plus easy Access to beautiful beaches and ancient city of Ephesus. Attracting luxury cruise liners from around the world,passengers regularly spill ashore to explore,wine&dine,and above all shop. Delighting in Kusadasi seemingly endless selection of souvenirs, jewellery and exquisite carpets,their stay is regrettably foreshortened by the summons of the ship siren… Kusadasi demands longer for its many attributes to be fully disclosed. From its simple origins as a fishing village Kusadasi has grownexplosively into one of Turkeys premier resorts.Its lively atmosphere pervades the narrow-alleyed Old Quarter while smart shops vie for custom with the traditional market stalls and street traders.Bartering is equally traditional,as well as being a good-funway to shop(once you get into the swing of things),negotiating yourprice over a cup of apple tea-a relaxing and,for many,an enjoyably challenging experience.Watch the world pass by from the Caravanserai Cafe terrace near the seafront;sample mouth watering dishes in the many welcoming restaurants cruise through Kusadasi array of nightspots and discos:the choice is endless.Beach life centres on either the man-made Town Beach near the marina,or  
the longer Ladies Beach,about three kms from the centre of town, easily reached by dolmus and backed by its own selection of restaurants and bars. Journey some 20 kms further south and there,nestling in one of the small,pretty coves which indent the Bay, lies the small village of Guzelcamli (blink and you might miss it!).Boasting its own, unspoilt pebble beach,a sprinkling of lokantas and bars plus its one concession to tourists-a fast-food restaurant-Guzelcamli reminds us of Kusadasi was like about 25 years ago:perfect for those seeking a typically Turkish environment. Dolmus run regularly to Kusadasi,alternative,more developed beaches and the nearby Samsundag National Park with its own beautiful beaches. The area surrounding the Kusadasi region abounds with architectural interest,a strong reminder of Turkey glorious and turbulent past,the most famous example of which has to be the  
beautifully preserved ruins of ancient Ephesus,surely at the top of every visitor list of sites to visit.  
 
At night ,Kusadasi comes alive with an array of nightspots and discos ;enjoy the familiar in an English or Irish themed pub,or the more traditional in an open-air courtyard bar,then dance into the small hours to the hippest music at one of Kusadasi lively discos.The choice is endless.Beach life centres on either the man-made Town Beach near the marina ,or the longer Kadinlar Denizi(Ladies Beach)about three kilometres from the centre of town ,easily reached by dolmus and backed by its own selection of restaurants and bars.Five kilometres north of town you’ll find Kustur Beach an extensive and generally uncrowded sandy stretch,away from the hustle and bustle of the resort centre,and close to a number of Koral Travel chosen hotels.Finally,Pamucak Beach,slightly farther north again,relatively undeveloped and characterised by a small number of large,self-contained hotels. 
 
The area surrounding Kusadasi abounds with architectural interest,a strong reminder of Turkey glorious and turbulent past,the most famous of which has to be the beautifully preserved ruins of ancient Ephesus.This former capital of the Roman Empire in Asia demands a visit to view the ancient Library of Celsus,the Great Theatre and churches,baths and markets which,in Roman times, supported a population approaching 250,000. http://www.transfersturkey.com Transfer from Adnan Menderes Airport to Kusadasi approx 1 hours.
 This seaside resort town has grown immensely in the last 30 years, and is especially popular with package holiday-makers from Europe. From a population of 6000 in the 1970s, it is now closer to 50,000, although a high proportion of this are part of the tourist industry and here only for the summer. Many cruising ships travelling around the Aegean Islands stop here, especially because of its close proximity (20km) to Selcuk. Kusadasi is a good base to explore this and other ancient cities like Priene and Didyma. Although there is little of historical interest in Kusadasi itself, the town is popular predominantly because of its many hotels, restaurants, souvenir and carpet shops, and lively nightlife. The Kale district has some old traditional houses and narrow streets, and gives some indication of what the town used to be like. The most famous beach is Kadinlar Plaji, 2.5km south of the town, dominated by huge hotels and can get very crowded in summer. There are several small beaches further south, and closer to town is Yilanci Burnu, the peninsular.
 <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> How to Get</strong>  
By Road : For most long-distance bus journeys, it is necessary to change at Izmir, 90 minutes away, which has many more choices. Smaller buses make regular trips to Bodrum (2 hours), Pamukkale (3 hours) and Selcuk (30 mins), and dolmuses run a shuttle service to the beaches to the south of Kusadasi. There is a bus service that stops near Izmir airport. Buses either depart from the bus station, or from the town centre. Bus Station Tel: (90 256) 614 3981. 
 
By Boat : There are two main harbours in the town. Cruise ships arrive throughout the year, and there are sailings to the Greek island of Sisam (Samos) with daily departures between April 1 and October 20. In the new yacht harbour &ndash; the largest and best-equipped northwest of Marmaris with a capacity of 650 &ndash; the Blue Voyage boats organise regular excursions. 
 
By Air : The nearest airport is Ismir Adnan Menderes, 90 minutes by road. There are many domestic flights to Istanbul and Ankara, as well as European charter flights. Airport Tel: (90 232) 274 2187
Where to Visit?
Guvercin Adası (Pigeon Island) : This tiny island off the west coast of the town is just a few hundred metres from the mainland, and connected by walkway. It contains a fortress, which was constructed by the Ottomans and restored and strengthened in 1834. Kusadasi was an important defensive port along the Ottoman Aegean coast, and the fortress helped prevent attacks coming from the islands. It is now a relaxing place with landscaped terraces and several teahouses and snack bars. 
 
CRUISER and YACHT PORTS : There are two wharfs, where tourist ships are approaching and also a yacht port with 650 yacht capacity in Kuşadası. Ships are approaching to Kuşadası Port during all seasons. Passenger motor voyages are regularly organized from Kuşadasi port to Greek Island, Sisam (Samos) during spring and summer months (Every day between 1st April and 20th October), and during winter months these voyages are turned as charters. There are daily and hourly picnic touring passenger motors in the port, and Blue Tour organizing yachts are also in the yacht port. 
 
MOSQUE and CARAVANSERAIS : Kale İ&ccedil;i Mosque. It is constructed on 1618 by Grand Vizier Okuz Paşa. Mehmet Paşa Caravansary : Built in 1618 by Grand Vizier Okuz Pasa, there are artillery holes still visible on the external walls, in an effort to protect the city against pirates. It is now a luxury hotel. 
 
BEACHES : The most famous beach in the area is Kadinlar Denizi (Ladies&rsquo; Beach), 3km south of town and well connected by dolmus, which is very crowded in high season. Guvercin Adasi has rocky shores but it is possible to swim, and there is a small beach 500m north of Yilanci Burnu peninsula. A better beach is Pamucak,15km north on the road to Selcuk. 
 
THERMAL SPRING : The most important thermal springs in the area are Ciban (Yavansu), Venus and Guzelcamli. 
 
CAVERNS : Karaca Cavern 
 
NATIONAL and NATURAL PARKS : B&uuml;y&uuml;k Menderes Delta National Park
 Don't Leave Without from KUSADASI : Seeing &Ouml;k&uuml;z Mehmet Paşa Caravanserai, Visiting Guvercin Fortress, Swimming on one of the many beaches, Relaxing in Dilek Peninsula National Park, Getting a famous Blue Voyage, Trying out some of the bars and nightclubs.
 Contact Information : KUSADASI : Contact Information Tourist Office 
Address: İskele Meydanı 
Tel: (90 256) 614 11 03 
Fax: (90 256) 614 6295 
 
Private Kuşadası Hospital :  
Address: T&uuml;rkmen Mahallesi Anit Sokak 
Tel: (90 256) 613 1616
 Kuşadası is a bustling, cosmopolitan resort town situated on the North aegean coastline,approximately 90 kilometres from İzmir,turkey third largest city. Kusadasi means Bird Island gets its name from a Tiny Island now linked to the mainland by a causeway. This Island is called &lsquo;pigeon island&rsquo;and on it stands a splendid,Stone fortresst has become kuşadası trademark from its modests beginning as a little Fishing village, Kusadasi has evolved into a large town mainly due to its popularity with the many cruise liners that use its harbour as a stop-over to visit the magnificent ,ancient city of Ephesus(20 minutes away)they come for the shopping too,as Kuşadasi has a tremendous variety of shops and a very popular weekly market. You can either stroll down the broad,paved,pedestrianised boulevards filled with souvenir,leather,jewellery and carpet shops or meander through the Old Quarter with its quaint,narrow,cobbled streets and Otoman style dwellings which house little gift shops,small restaurants and turkish bars. On a clear day it is possible to see the Greek Island of Samos which is just an hour and a half away by ferry.day trips to Samos leave daily. Dining out offers an extensive assortment of restaurants for those seeking gastronomic delights from the harbour area to the Old Qurter and along the water-front there is some thing to suit everyones taste-buds!why not spend some time in one of the patisseries sampling a delicious cake and coffe whilst taking in the fabulous view of the sea,palm trees and Pigeon Island.you may even see the Golden Princess(world largest cruise ship)glide majestically into port.ıf Kuşadası sparkles by day ,then by night,ıt posıtıvely sizzles.however,ıt has not forgotten that ıts visitors have different desires and offers at least 3 distinctive&rsquo;atmospheres&rsquo;:the home-from-home &lsquo;bar street&rsquo;offering a variety of english and ırish pub-bars playing the latest chart sounds where you can dance or party until down;the pretty,and enjoy live turkish music ,turkish or western pop music or the casual,sophisticated &lsquo;yachty&rsquo;bars along the waterfront to the west of the town centre,where you can sit and listen to the sounds of the sea lapping at the sides of the white,dazzling yachts jostling for positıon in the marina.  
Favourite bars : Dont miss the &lsquo;FBI&rsquo;on Wednesday nıghts,our night of fun and games around some of the bars ın the old town.bar street is for revellers ,with row of ırısh and british bars pumping out the latest sounds. Heading towards the enchanting harbeour front and pıgeon Island,you will pass by the magnificent Stone-walled kervansaray,which was once employed as an &lsquo;ınn&rsquo;for camel trains,and eastern merchants but turkish nıghts in turkey. For something a little and sophisticated there sandals on the beach of the Grand blue sky situated in the yacht marina. 
Favourite restaurants : From traditional turkish(in the old town)to british(rosy in ladies beach),chinese and mexican(try yucca catering for most cuisines)and ıtalıan (caprıola)there something to suit every taste.for an upmarket treat there ara a number of fish restaurants dotted around the harbour and port area.the fast food chains have also got a number of outlets with one on PTT street and a couple by the large supermarkets on the outskirts of town. 
Beaches : There are many beaches to choose from around the resort,all offering a variety of facilities: Ladies beach-one of the most popular in the area,this has recently been extended and had a major overhaul.the sea is gently shelving but can have strong undercurrents.dolmuses run approximately every 5 minutes from the centre of Kuşadası. Town beach-the whole sea-front in town has been refurbished and this man-made beach has now been enlarged infront of the ozcelik hotel.there are number of small wooden kiosks selling drinks and snacks all along the front. Kuştur beach-Approximately 5 km heading North out of the resort,close to the tusan beach resort.this beach has also recently been renovated.local transport runs approximately every 5 minutes to and from the resort centre. Long beach-(running in to silver,love and paradise beaches).these beaches are approximately 7 km south of Kuşadası anda re easily accessible by local transport.some waterports are also available. Milli park-this is a natıonal park approximately 45 minutes dolmus ride away.ıt ıs well worth a visit as there are 3-4 coves mostly with pebble beaches and crystal-clear water,so take a snorkel. 
Markets&amp;bargains : There are two markets a week in Kuşadası,Tuesdays and Fridays.the friday market is the best for&rsquo;fake&rsquo;bargains in designer T-skirts,jeans ,watches etc.the fresh and vegetables are plentiful.the friday market is situated on the streets around the atli and vesta hotels,opposite the dolmus statıon.ıt ıs advisable to take same precautıons as you would back home with your Money when walkıng around the market so make sure your wallets and bags are secure. 
Aquaparks : Aquaparks have recently sprung up around Kuşadası and the resort boasts four ın total!they vary in size and facilities,however,aqua fantasy which is loated on pamucak beach,approximately 10 km out of resort is built on a &lsquo;disney-style&rsquo;theme and has excellent facilities including Treasure Island,lily pad walk,submarine octopus for the kids and over 30 different rides,including X-Treme for the more daring