Today, Kusadasi is one of Turkey's most sophisticated holiday centers a perfect place for vacation with its sandy beaches and glassy water. The contrast of the lively holiday life with the quietness of ancient ruins creates the special atmosphere of the city.
For many years during the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923), the women in Kusadasi, western Turkey, held on to one of their best-kept secrets – Ladies Beach.
It was only after the country became a republic in 1923 and, ironically, when women attained the right to vote, that men gained equal access to one of the prettiest stretches of the Aegean shore.
Ladies Beach in Kusadasi has been compared to Cannes in France and it’s not difficult to see why: the magnificent coastline is lapped by azure waters that mirror the cloudless skies.
have sculpted the volcanic rocks of Cappadocia into fantastic shapes and
The 1km stretch is popular not just with locals but also attracts many Europeans who stay at quaint little hotels along the beachfront or summer villas nearby. Like the rest of Kusadasi, the place has a typical Mediterranean climate, with long summers and mild winters.
Colourful umbrellas dot the entire length of the seaside and the place is often crowded with holidaymakers – men and women sunbathing or taking a dip in the sea. Turkish women wearing bikinis are not unusual here; nobody blinks an eye in this secular republic.
The resort is one of the many attractions of Kusadasi, which is reputed to be among the most interesting cities of the Aegean. The town is close to important historical sites such as the biblical city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Seven Sleepers and several other historical ruins.
Kusadasi, one of Turkey's principle holiday resorts, offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey- 90km south of Izmir, Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos-the principals of ancient times, and ideal for sightseers.
Numerous sandy beaches with warm&clear waters, providing a peaceful atmosphere, and there are a great variety of water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volley are only a few choices for the lovers of active life. After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the superb sunset. As the sun sets, the attractive cafes and restaurants through the palm-lined boulevard, get busier. It is a great delight to watch the comings and goings of the yachts and ships with accompanience of the panoramic view of the sunset. The restaurants, serving a variety of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean specialties, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi. Dancing and entertaining at a lively bar or a disco until dawn, may end an ideal day in Kusadasi.
The most popular beach in Kusadasi. No motor vehicles are allowed to get in to Ladies beach Sea front Promenade. Changing rooms, umbrellas, sun beds, toilets and cafes are available in the beach .There are also restaurants and cafes in the Ladies beach area for the ones who prefer to sit in the sun and overlook the beach or to watch the sun set when having a delicious meal.
Ladies Beach is only a 5 minute walk away from the Villa (about 150 metres), and there are always watersports available (parasailing, Jet Ski, banana boats & rings),beach volleyball etc, and a selection of shops. A range of welcoming bars and restaurants align the sea front, opening early for breakfast and serving late into the night.
Kusadasi is very famous with its night life. You can find different musics from every corner of the world. Having an evening out in Kusadasi town is for sure too much fun.
There are some famous areas for night life such as:
Kaleici ( inside of the old city walls ) is definitely an ideal place ; you will find countless pubs, discos, bars and restaurants for any taste of live music, European, techno, with Turkish music etc...
There are 2 streets of bars here. “Barlar Sokagi / The Street of Bars” and “Asagi Barlar Sokagi / The Lower Street of Bars”. Countless Irish bars dominate the former and the Turkish ones the latter. Both streets have stone houses converted to clubs, bars. All the clubs and discos full with fun with their friendly atmosphere, high quality service and they have special attractions during the high season.
Pigeon Island, with its gleaming image, really deserves to be a symbol of Kusadasi. The eye-catching view of the island, uniting with the panoramic colors of sunset attract every visitors. As the island was a much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, it was named Pigeon Island.
the times of Ottomans, the name of the island was given to the town and
the town was started to be known as "Kusadasi" (Bird Island).
Since then, the name of the island was changed into "Pigeon Island".
The island was used for military purposes during and before the Ottoman
Era, as the location of the island was strategic for securing the shores
or preventing the attacks from the sea. The Byzantine castle standing on
the rocks, was used to protect against pirates, and is known as "Pirate
Island is now connected to the land and it is an ideal place providing a
wonderful opportunity for relaxation. Within the borders of the impressive
castle, you may watch the charming yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy
waters of Kusadasi, admire some of the birds that inhabit the Island or
sit in one of the small local cafes/restaurants by the shore and sample
fresh sea-food or other Aegean specialties with the panoramic view of Kusadasi
and enjoy the unforgettable times in Kusadasi. One recommendation......try
a Gozleme (pronounced Gurzlema) with a range of fillings on Pigeon Island.....a
truly lovely local snack made infront of your eyes traditionally by Turkish
1-City Beach: Located in the Centrum, the sandy beach provides a perfect environment.
2-Pigeon Island Beach: A private beach, situated on the shore of the island. Ideal for the swimmers enjoying translucent and deep waters of the Aegean.
3-Yilanciburnu Beach: A quiet beach, located on the peninsula behind Pigeon Island. A short walk from the Villa.
4-Ladies Beach: The powdery sandy beach of Ladies Beach provides excellent entertainment within its borders. Kadinlar Denizi (Ladies Beach) 5 minutes walk/150 metres from the Villa.
5-Kustur Beach: With its varied activities including water-skiing, parasailing, surfing, Kustur Beach is located on Selcuk road, and can be reached by Dolmus.
6-Tusan Beach: Situated just near Kustur Beach , Tusan Beach offers unlimited fun with the various choices of beach&water activities.
7-Long Beach: The long sandy beach and crystal-clear waters of Long Beach are ideal for swimming, water sports and peaceful resting. The beach is 6km south of Kusadasi, -between Batihan Hotel and Nazilli Site, and can be reached by Dolmus.
8-Gold Beach: The golden sandy beach of Gold Beach is a part of Long Beach.
9-Silver Beach: Excellent clear waters of Silver Beach awaits to be explored. This is a part of Long Beach.
10-Paradise Beach: Offers a perfect and very pretty environment. This is a part of Long Beach.
11-Love Beach: Provides visitors with a perfect opportunity to make water activities and swim in relaxing conditions.This is a part of Long Beach.
12-Guzelcamli Town Beaches: The quiet beaches in pretty Guzelcamli offer a restful day. National Park minibuses pass through the beaches every 30 minutes.
13-National Park Beaches (Milli Park): The beaches are located 30km southwest of Kusadasi. Icmeler, Aydinlik, Kavakli and Karasu bays are the principals of the numerous secluded bays and coves in the park. Clear waters of the bays provide an opportunity to dive. Only Icmeler bay has the sandy beach. You will feel the real quietness while resting peacefully in the shades of the pines. National Park minibuses departures every 30 minutes from Kusadasi.
The Kusadasi Setur Marina is one of the largest and best equipped marinas in Turkey with the capacity for 629 yachts both a float and on shore, visited by 2500-3000 boats each year.
There are regular arrivals of Luxury Cruise liners, which stop on the new development just along from Pigeon Island.
A visit to Efes (Ephesus)) once the commercial center of the ancient world is one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey. The city whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis. The enormous temple, rebuilt several times, dates back in its latest form, from to the third century B.C. In addition, the city whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis.
Ephesus, which was the home of the philosopher Heraclitus. He introduced into philosophy a new self-consciousness method and language and a self-critical interest in the faculties. Which was the home of the philosopher Heraclitus. Ephesus was also is home to one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The Ephesus international festival held annually during the month of May.
Located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.
The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-storey house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.
Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960's. Later, in the 1980's, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary's Assumption.
An international festival is held here annually in May. It is recorded, that St.John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ and that she spent her last days in a small house (Meryemana Evi) built for her on (Mt. Nightingale). Now a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims, the house has received the official sanction by the Vatican, and Christians observe a commemoration ceremony every year on August 15th.