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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Kusadasi 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

Amazing! I was exited before this done!!

I picked this tour randomly they were looked very similar when I booked. Ephesus was very crowded while we were visiting and my tour group was the one has less people. Only me and my guide Serdar, he was very professional and never looked bothered with my endless questions. 100% Recommended!

Ephesus: Private Tour from Kusadasi Port Reviewed by Renata, 05/01/2019

Fatima was a very good guide. Highly recommended

Really impressed with how Fatima kept the whole group entertained. She is very knowledgeable and speaks English fluently. The Ephesus tour was well delivered. I can’t fault anything

Really good boat trip to some amazing bays

Really good boat trip to 3 amazing bays. Food was really nice too. Only issue was we were meant to be collected at 8.40 but I had to whatsapp the company because nobody came. We had to wait 30 minutes for a driver to collect us. But other than that really good trip.

Kusadasi Full-Day Boat Trip & BBQ Reviewed by Steven, 09/19/2018

Better than any guided tour made by now!

Macking a private tour with driver and Profesional guide we gain time and spend quality time sowing that fabulous sites. For shore, in the future I will check first prior any tour if there are Profesional services dedicated to a small group or family interested to feel good :).

Unforgettable and very emotional and our guide Ilker was fantastic!

Do not miss this tour and guide! We will never forget it, it was very emotional and actually mind-blowing to be able to visit the House of the Virgin Mary - what an honour and a privilege. This tour and guide was excellent and really good value for money. It was the highlight of our cruise and I would urge everyone to go there. Ephesus was awesome also. We left a piece of our hearts there at the House of the Virgin Mary .....