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Kusadasi

From ancient monuments to a buzzing nightlife, this coastal resort town offers something for everyone.

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Best things to do 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.

  • Pamukkale

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Kusadasi

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 632 reviews

The tour to Pamukkale was very nice. The view there is unique. The tour guide and the driver were very nice. The tour guide is very talkative. We made a stop at a hotel where we were allowed to swim and ate. If you want to swim in the Cleopatra pool you have to pay the entrance yourself. It was about 100 lira, otherwise everything else was included in the price. Be sure to take a hat and a towel with you.

Pamukkale Is beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave extensive information about the history of pamukkale and heirapolis. Our tour guide and driver was punctual, kind, nice, friendly and they made our day a memorable. They were so good and I also booked Ephesus tour with them. I will definitely recommend their tour.

We really had a great day, even with our baby of almost 7 months, it was super easy to do and you were well helped to get into the water with the baby, we enjoyed it. The food was great and there was a great photographer on board who took beautiful pictures for a small price!!! Super sweet man very child friendly everyone

The tour with the horses was a very nice experience. Pick-up and return went perfectly. The tour includes a forest tour, spray insect spray on it beforehand. The view is gorgeous. The time of 1.5 hours was enough.

Our guide was phenomenal! He did a wonderful tour and we loved it!