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.
Kusadasi is one of the most beautiful and famous places for recreation and fun holidays. Today it is one of the most sophisticated holiday resorts in Turkey.
Kusadasi is located in a superb gulf in the Aegean Region of Turkey and means “Bird Island”. This pretty town attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world with its many sandy beaches, 300 sunny days in a year, sparkling glassy water of blue Aegean, famous night life, countless fish and kebab restaurants, rich shopping facilities, historic sites around etc. Ephesus is one of the most famous ancient city which is beside town.
Kusadasi is also very good start point for trips to Pamukkale, Priene, Miletus, Didiyma, Pergamum, Aphrodisias etc.
It is not very well known when and by whom the city was founded, but was most probably by the Lonians who called it "Neopolis". Ruins of this early settlement can be seen at the "Yilanci Burnu" (under water). Neopolis was bound to Ephesus and functioned as a holiday resort for the Ephesians. Neopolis has been governed by the Lydians and Persians before the Romans occupied it. During the Byzantine period, Kusadasi became a harbour town mostly used by the Venitians and Genoese who called it "Scalanova" (New Harbor).
When Kusadasi became a part of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish monuments started to be built such as the city walls and the Kervansaray (can still be seen today). It then became an important military protection basis against pirate attacks. In 1865 Kusadasi was declared an independent district. Jews, Greeks, Armenians and Italians settled around the harbor and remained there till W.W.I.
Spend your days quietly by the sea, hiking in the natural trails, , sailing, diving, and visiting the archaeological sites, or entertain yourself at the lively Bars Street restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The south west of Turkey provides an ideal all-year-round living climate, with long summers from April to October and rather warm and short winters and colorfull springs and autumns.
Kusadasi town and perifral areas have an excellent infrastructure. You can find many Western high-street names here – from to Tesco (Kipa), and B&Q (Koçtas).
Only 4 hours from the UK, Izmir Airport is located just 45 minutes drive away from Kusadasi and the added bonus of a second option ; Bodrum International Airport is located a 90 minute drive away, both airports are easiley accessible from most European countries..