Kusadasi

The fourth busiest cruise port in the entire Mediterranean, Kusadas? has shed its fishing­-village roots in order to become the official gateway to Ephesus. Most tourists will only spend twenty minutes in town, which is about the time it takes to disembark from an ocean liner.

But those who are able to stick around and explore will find that the friendly city is actually quite fun. You won’t get much in the way of Turkish culture beyond the trademark hospitality (although you’ll find some, if you’re prepared to seek it out). Instead you’ll have free reign over a decent, if oft-crowded beach, and some of the coast’s headiest nightlife think Irish pubs, happy hours, singalongs, tribute acts and swaying discos. Now, if that sounds like a bit too much, then you’re better off basing yourself in the quieter confines of sleepy Selcuk nearby.

Ku?adas?’s town has a small artificial beach, but the area’s most famous stretch of sand, and the primary focus for the majority of its package holiday visitors, is Kad?nlar Denizi (Ladies Beach), 2.5km south of town and served by dolmu?es running along the coastal road. It’s nice enough but packed with big hotels and woefully inadequate for the high summer crowds. The coast south of Kad?nlar Denizi has several small beaches, each backed by big hotels.

In town, the main formal attraction is the minor stone fortress that occupies most of Güvercin Ada (Pigeon Island), a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway. Its main hall hosts exhibitions of handicrafts and there are a few coops on stilts for the eponymous pigeons, but the fortress’ main appeal is as a strolling route it’s particularly popular with local courting couples who secret themselves among the battlements and canoodle.

East of the island are the cruise ship docks and, handily situated immediately to the south, the main bazaar area. This is a strictly tourist-oriented place  cheap leather jackets, knock-off designer bags, carpets, jewellery etc but you’ll rarely be harassed by vendors.

Kusadas? is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Ayd?n Province and is a very popular holiday resort, especially for visitors from Northern and Western Europe.Kusadasi takes its name from the Turkish for 'Bird Island', a reference to Pigeon Island, which is connected to the mainland of Kusadasi by a short causeway. Kusadas? lies at a distance of 95 km to the south from the region's largest metropolitan center of Izmir, and 71 km from the provincial seat of Ayd?n situated inland. Its primary industry is tourism.

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