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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

Very informative and Pleasant Ephesus Tour!

Upon arrival we were pleasantly greeted right outside the port by Ahu, our tour guide to Ephesus. We were driven in a private vehicle to Ephesus and were given a thorough tour of Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. It was great to be able to see everything that Ephesus offered along with getting an overall descriptive narrative through Ahu. Ahu was not only a tour guide but she was very easy to speak to and made the tour fun for all of us. She even took us to a runway show which featured leather jackets. They were pricey so we didn’t buy anything but the experience was fun. I could have done without the rug shop but how the rugs were made may interest some. Overall, we had a great experience with Ahu and if we ever visit Turkey again we would be sure to look her up!

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Terrace Houses Visit Reviewed by Ernest, 07/21/2019

Great informative guide, amazing place to see

Emre, the guide, was very good at story-telling, gave deep insight into the ruins and history of Ephesus while being funny and friendly. The place is amazing, truly an open-air museum! The pickup was on time but then suddenly we got delayed because the guide went to another hotel to pick-up a customer of another tour company which "sold" the people to our guide (not professional). At the end of the tour we were taken to a Turkish delights shop without notice (classic Turkish way for tourists), however, there was no pressure to shop, so it would have been better if the stop was mentioned in the itinerary. In general, it was a good tour because of the tour guide.

From Kusadasi: Half-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/19/2018

Tour of the ruins of Ephesus truly extraordinary!

The ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus were unbelievable. The scale of the ancient city, the amount that has been preserved and the detail of the stonework truly amazing. Our guide was very informative and his explanation of the Greek and Roman phases of the city's development enhanced the experience immeasurably. One note of caution: The pathway down from the upper gate was slippery in places and challenging for those not used to hiking on rocks.

Excellently organised trip with fantastic guide

This trip is well worth doing. We started off being picked up in a lovely air conditioned coach and given an overview by Fatima the guide who was so knowledgable. We travelled to Ephesus where we were then taken around with free time to take pictures where she explained everything. We went for a lovely local lunch and then into the house of Mary and temple of Artemis and back home for around 4.30pm. A lovely day out visiting these sites.

Excellent guide with very good commentary on Ephesus.

We learned so much from our guide on our tour of Ephesus. We got so much more than we expected. We had time for a tour of a leather and rug factory, and a ceramics store that has been run by the same group of artisans for 400 years. Our guide also arranged for an authentic Turkish lunch which was delicious and very reasonably priced.