by Aaditee Kulkarni Updated on 15 Oct 2018
An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Kusadasi.
The evolution of this tiny town along the Mediterranean Coast has led to many Europeans, especially, to flock down to this perfect vacation spot. Many people usually opt for family holiday packages of any one of the numerous hotels spotted along the coast. It is the perfect tourist attraction for kids and couples, alike. It is all about sun, sand and having fun while you are in Kusadasi. While Kusadasi might mainly be the prime holiday destination of the beach sloth but it is also a stunning sightseeing destination with the ancient ruins like the Priene being not too far away.
Here's a list of places to visit and 15 best things do in Kusadasi:
Priene was an ancient city built by the Greeks which used to be a bustling harbour and the prime spot of commerce. It is said to have been built around 1000 BCE. The archaeological ruins are sure to excite the historian in you. Even if you are one, not to be excited by history, the magnificent stone structures are sure to make great backdrops for your Instagram pictures.
Ever wanted to visit a spa in the outdoors? Pamukkale is a town very close to Kusadasi which is sure to make your dreams come true. It is famous for its mineral-rich thermal spa terraces. The stunning blue water flowing down the white travertine terraces is a sight that you won’t be able to forget.
3. The Temple of Artemis
This historic site was considered to be a wonder of the ancient world. It is surrounded by rolling, green hills. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Artemis. The temple has been destroyed and rebuilt about three times. If you are to see it today, you will only see the fragments of the foundation on which the temple was built.
4. House of Virgin Mary
Another archaeological site that you definitely should include in your sightseeing list is the House of Virgin Mary. It is a Catholic and Muslim shrine which is considered to be the former home of the Virgin Mary after the death of Jesus. The brickwork is absolutely magnificent.
5. Basilica of St. John
You will never fall short of ruins while you are in Kusadasi. The Basilica was constructed over the burial site that is usually suggested as that of John the Apostle. You will surely get to learn a lot about Greek history while on your trip here. The white pillars stand tall on a square platform, surrounded by hills in the background and clear blue skies.
6. The Isabey Mosque
This mosque is one of the most impressive works of architecture. It was built in the 14th century in the Anatolian style. This mosque is one of the most richly ornamented, in the area. It is a combination of Islamic style of architecture as well. An architecture student must visit here, at least once in their lifetime.
7. Ladies Beach
This beach is one of the most popular among tourists and locals alike. I highly doubt you would find an empty spot for yourself along this beach during the peak season. It is filled with tourists from all over the world. This sandy beach is the perfect place to relax, with the crystal-clear waters crashing in waves along the coast. If you want a whole stretch of the beach all to yourself, then you ought to visit during the off-season.
8. Pigeon Island
Many would say that the Pigeon island deserves to be the symbol of Kusadasi. The views from this island are breathtaking. The sky gets filled with a spectrum of colours during sunset. It is the perfect spot for a romantic walk with your partner. The reason it got its name is due to the number of species of birds spotted here during the season of migration.
9. Kusadasi Castle
This Castle is located on the Pigeon Island itself. You definitely would not miss it on your sunset walk. The Castle showcases the Greek style of architecture and fits in with the theme of ruins dotted all along the coasts. The view and the food at the café near the Castle are to die for. It is the perfect place for your budding romance.
10. Dilek National Park
This wildlife park is made up of all kinds of terrain, from rolling hills to pristine beaches. Flora and fauna here is exquisite. The park is a wildlife sanctuary and is a great place to spend a day out with your kids. Not only will they enjoy themselves, but you will also find yourself drawn into the enchanting forests.
11. Silver Sands Beach
Another beach that you should take advantage of. The transparent waters and white sand is sure to make you feel very luxurious. It is the most sought-after beach for sunbathing. The views are sure to make you fall in love with the place and convince you to come and visit over and over again.
To satiate the little kid in you, a visit to one of the most popular water parks is necessary. This park is filled with fun, thrilling water rises, and experiences. You have all sorts of water-related activities available here. I am sure you will not want to leave once you experience all that the water park has to offer.
13. Kusadasi Bazaar
A late night stroll through the lit-up streets of this Bazaar is sure to lift your moods up. It is a heaven for shopaholics. You will find stuff from clothes and jewelry to carpets and ceramics. You should pick up some souvenirs while you are here. Don’t forget to bargain while you are at it.
14. Camlik Museum of Steam Locomotives
This museum is the largest railway museum in Turkey. One of the most intriguing museums out there. You get to improve your knowledge along with having a huge load of models to look at. Sure, you can take your kids along but even a trip down here all by yourself is sure to prove fruitful.
15. Seans Karaoke Bar
A fun night with friends is what you need after all that sight-seeing. You will get to experience the hip culture of Kusadasi while you are here, singing (maybe badly), dancing and of course drinking.
All of these activities and sight-seeing spots are going to prove to be highlights of your trip. The memories you make and the pictures you take are going to stay with you for a lifetime!