Best Things To Do in Kusadasi, Turkey

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  • Ephesus: Your tourism to Turkey can never be consummated without a visit to Ephesus, the site which restores the ruins of one of the most ancient cities in the world, the birth place of philosopher Heraclitus. The spiritual significance of the city is quite evident as it served as a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele, Artemis and finally The Virgin Mary. The site also preserves the ruins of Temple of Artemis, known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. There are a lot of hotels here where one can stay for a night in one’s tour to Kusadasi. Ephesus Princess is one of such hotels, which seeks to bring enjoyment in the land of sun and sea, history and architecture.
  • Sirince: Just 30kms away from Kusadasi, Sirince is a pristine orthodox village, located at the top of the mountain offering the impressive views of the vineyards and peach trees. The village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture evident through its architecture.
  • Pigeon Island: The icon of Kusadasi, the Pigeon Island is the most visited spot owing to its panoramic views and reception of migrant birds. Its an amazing Island to relax yourself while watching the charming yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy waters of Kusadasi or you can enjoy the sample fresh sea food offered by the restaurants on the shore.


  • Safari Tour: Ultimate throbbing of the senses! Spend the day exploring the mountains of the National Park or the hills behind Sirince on Safari jeeps. Replete with thrill and adventure, the enthusiasts shall witness water rushing between the jeeps as they ride. The tour includes the lunch.
  • Selcuk Market: For a complete insider’s experience of Kusadasi, do visit Selcuk Market which is held every Saturday from early in the morning until late at night. With lots and lots of bargaining, shopping here can be a complete deal leaving you with memories to take back home. The Minibus will take you to the Selcuk Market.
  • Cave of Zeus: Hidden away by the trees and flowers before the entrance to the National Park you will find the secret and mystical Cave of Zeus. Go and dive into the sparkling clear and deep mineral water inside the cave which renders it a perfect place to swim.
  • Turkish Bath: A Turkish Bath, known as Hamam, is an experience that should not be missed. Tour tourism to Turkey can be really unnerving as you relax in the steam room on a heated stone table called a goebektasas while the staff massages and exfoliates your skin with a coarse mitt.
  • Scuba Diving: Discover the underwater world of Kusadasi on a scuba diving adventure. There are three main locations for diving in kusadasi bay- the shore dive, Barabaros Reef and Adabanko Reef. There are many diving centres in Kusadasi, the most popular being Aqua Venture, where various scuba diving programmes and certificates are available.

Below we have a list of things to do in Kusadasi and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Kusadasi getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Kusadasi with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Kusadasi

Here is the list of things to do in Kusadasi and tourist attractions in city.

  1. House Of Virgin Mary

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    A typical Roman architecture in Ephesus, devoted to Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, the restored structure incorporates a church, combining her house and grave. Considered as the Shrine of Virgin Mary, the house serves as 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...Read more
  2. Ladies Beach

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    Ladies Beach

    Beach, Restaurant, Entertainment

    One of the most popular beaches in Kusadasi, Ladies Beach was earlier meant for female bathers only. Today, however, the beach is open for everybody. The beautiful coastline houses a bedazzling array of water sports, restaurants, clubs and bars. Known for its clean and shallow waters, the beach offers beautiful views of sunrise and sunset behind the Greek island of Samos. For the lazy afternoon...Read more
  3. Adaland

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    Water Park, Entertainment, Water Sport

    For the seekers of fun and entertainment, Adaland Park in Kusadasi offers a frolic filled experience replete with water pools, slides, activity pools, rafting, jumping towers, dolphin shows and much more. Considered as one of the ten best Aqua parks in the world and the largest in Europe, Adaland Park has become an oasis of recreation especially for children. A perfect destination for adventure...Read more
  4. Kusadasi Bazaar

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    Kusadasi Bazaar
    A heaven for the lovers of shopping, Kusadasi Bazaar offers a plethora of articles such as clothes, carpets, jewelleries and ceramics. With immense scope for bargain, the visitors can afford to hoard the best. On Tuesday, the market sells fresh seasonal produce. The Wednesday market sells clothing and accessories, while the Friday market is the combination of both. Apart from shopping, the baza...Read more
  5. The Basilica Of Saint John

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    The Basilica Of Saint John

    Church, Religious Site, Nature

    Built within the terrain of Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John is believed to be structured over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). Surrounding this Basilica are the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selcuk rendering a perfect combination of nature, art and spirituality.
  6. Dilek National Park

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    Dilek National Park

    Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Nature

    Locally identified as Milli Park, Dilek National Park is a vast terrain of mountains, pristine beaches, exquisite flora and fauna. Situated in a town called Guzelcamli, the park offers varied activities to be performed for a trilling holiday-hiking, swimming, looking out for endangered species in the forest. With a breathtaking coastline against the Greek island of Samos, the park calls for a p...Read more
  7. Silver Sands Beach

    Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment

    Located in SSK area, the lustre and sheen of transparent water of Silver sands Beach will immediately make you fall in love with it. Meant for sunbathing, the beach will offer you exquisite views of the mountains far away. The buzzing environs of this beach will make the visitors yearn to come back here again and again.
  8. Kusadasi Castle

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    Kusadasi Castle

    Castle, Architecture , Heritage Building

    Situated within the Pigeon Island, Kusadasi Castle should be your first stopover. The Pigeon Island is a small island connected to the city centre of Kusadasi through “causeway”, easily accessible on foot. What can be a better location to find an amalgam of nature and culture than this site which incorporates the restored ruins of 14th or 15th century! The Castle belongs to the Otto...Read more
  9. Ephesus

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    An absolute haven for history lovers, Ephesus houses the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world. A complete ruined city in itself, the history of Ephesus spans back to 3000 BC. Spirituality spills through it ruins as it was a famous pilgrimage centre of Cybele and Artemis. Once established as the trade centre of the ancient world, Ephesus’ past glory can be ascer...Read more
  10. Miletus

    Geological Formation, Educational Site, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Nestling the vestiges of the ancient city of Miletus, slowly being rebuilt by the archaeologists, the city today captures the glorious past of a powerful trading port. One of the most attractive sites in one’s tourism to Turkey, Miletus was the home of several famous philosophers and scientists such as Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Hippodamus, and Hecataeus. Visiting this place, you mu...Read more
  11. Isa Bey Mosque

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    Isa Bey Mosque

    Mosque, Architecture

    One of the prime examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mosque is a marvel in itself. Confluence of mysticism, historicism and spirituality, the Mosque must be visited in your travel to Ephesus. The oldest known example of a Turkish mosque with a courtyard, Isa Bey inspires sublime emotions. Built by the Architect Ali from Damascus and ordered&nbs...Read more
  12. Camlik Museum Of Steam Locomotives

    Museum, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    An alternative to the historical tourism to Turkey, Camlik Museum of Steam Locomotives is the largest railway museum in Turkey and contains one of the largest steam locomotive collections in Europe. Located just few minutes away from Ephesus, the museum retains the small three tracks engine shed that housed the banking engines in the era of steam. Visiting this museum is a time travel of anothe...Read more
  13. Seans Karaoke Bar

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    Seans Karaoke Bar
    For a glittering emblem of nightlife, visit Sean’s kusadasi’ Karaoke Bar. Plenty of laughter, music, singing and of course drinks. Synonymous with Kusadasi’s hip culture, the bar is a complete alternate to the serene beauty which is offered by the landscape of history. It's a pure entertainment spot for people who don’t want to sleep at night.
  14. Laren Safari Park

    Beach, Park, Nature

    One of the adventures which will really render your tourism to Turkey unforgettable is the Horse Safari. A thrilling experience where you can swim with the horses in the sea, or gallop on them at the beach. Along with the excitement of riding on the horses, one can admire the picturesque beauty of the Aegean Coast. Over the years, this attraction in Kusadasi has become quite coveted as people l...Read more
  15. Pamukkale

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    Just 3.5 hours away from Kusadasi, Pamukkale is a famous hot spring spa ever since the second century BC. Meant to be the “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, Pamukkale’s water has high mineral content full of calcium carbonate, a reason for the whiteness that surrounds the site. You can also visit the Roman Amphitheatre of Hierapolis and Kaklik caves. For a complete natural spa amongs...Read more