PopulationOver the last 30 years the residential population here has grown to around 60,000 and rises to over 500,000 during the summer when the resort fills with tourists.
Visiting KusadasiThis is the first stop for many visitors to Turkey with ferry links from the Greek island of Sámos and Aegean cruise ships dropping their vast crowds of passengers for day trips to Ephesus and other historical sites nearby.
The recently constructed yacht marina, built to draw more business from the Greek Islands opposite, is one of the largest and best northwest of Marmaris . New arrivals coming to Kuşadaşı are generally accosted by touts offering accommodation, leather goods, carpets etc., and one of the main reasons for staying here are the good connections to the nearby attractions, beaches and its lively nightlife.
Kaleici Mosque and Okuz Mehmet Pasa CervansaraiKaleici Camii, a mosque built in 1618; the Öküz Mehmet Pasha Kervansaray built at the same time, near the docks, as a strong-room for sailor’s possessions and is now restored as a luxury hotel.
Guvercin IslandGuvercin Island or Pigeon Island peninsula at the end of the bay has a castle and swimming beaches.
Yilanci Burnu PeninsulaYılancı Burnu Peninsula a second peninsula beyond Guvercin Island and said to be the location of the original settlement of Neopolis with some walls still visible, has its own beaches and beach clubs.
Ladies BeachKusadasi’s Kadınlar Denizi ( Ladies Beach ) is the best known beach, lies 3km southwest of town and gets uncomfortably crowded during the summer. There is an artificial beach in the town centre, between the harbour and yacht marina, though not very clean and gets even more crowded.
Paradise BeachParadise Beach, one cove further along, is smaller and quieter and has a few bars there.
Tusan Beach5km north of town is Tusan Beach, a better option and has two of the biggest water-parks in Turkey situated there.
PamucakThe best beach area is Pamucak, heading 15km north, at the mouth of the Kucuk Menderes River although this exposed 4km stretch of sand cannot be used if it’s very windy, is popular with local residents.
Nightlife of KusadasiKusadasi’s night life is diverse, the Kaleici (inside of the old city walls) has countless bars, Irish/ British pubs, discos, clubs and restaurants for all tastes offering live music, taped house/techno/pop, karaoke along with traditional Turkish music. The most popular with the tourists is the Barlar Sokagi ( The Street of Bars ) has mostly Irish and British establishments and the Asagi Barlar Sokagi ( The Lower Street of Bars ) with mostly Turkish.
Traveling from Airport to KusadasiIzmir airport is 75km south of Kusadasi and can take 1-1.5 hour by bus or car, taxi’s are available at the airport but it’s worth arranging transfer before with your hotel or elsewhere as it can work out much cheaper. Buses go from Izmir’s main otogar to the Kusadasi main otogar which is 1km outside of town and from there you take a dolmus to get to the town centre.
Nysa Caria Ancient City
Miracle Beach Club Kusadasi
Bar 19 Kuşadası
St Mary's House
Guvercin Ada or Pigeon Island in Kusadasi
Kusadasi Property For Sale
Turkish Food Recipes
Aubergine with Minced Meat - Vegetable Courses
Fried Aubergine with Yogurt Sauce - Vegetable Mezes
Bulgur Pilaf with Lamb - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Courgette Stuffed with Beef - Red Meat Courses
Pounded Meat - Wheat Dish or Keskek - Red Meat Courses
Semolina Halva or Irmik Helvasi - Other Desserts