15 Best Things To Do in Kusadasi, Turkey

by Aaditee Kulkarni Updated on 15 Oct 2018

An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Kusadasi.

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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:

1. Priene

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.

2. Pamukkale

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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

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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.

12. Adaland

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!

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kusadasi, Turkey

Must see places in Kusadasi ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Kusadasi tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 874 times in trip plans
    House Of Virgin Mary

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: 35920 Selcuk/Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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, ...Read more

  2. # 2 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 686 times in trip plans
    Ladies Beach

    Tags: Beach, Restaurant, Entertainment, Tourist Center

    Address: Kadinlar Denizi, Kusadasi, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  3. # 3 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 407 times in trip plans
    Adaland

    Tags: Water Park, Entertainment, Tourist Center, Water Sport

    Address: Camlimani Mevkii, Kusadasi, Turkey

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 m...Read more

  4. # 4 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 232 times in trip plans
    Kusadasi Bazaar

    Address: Kusadasi Koyu, 09400 Kusadasi Ayadin

    Timings: 11:00 am - 02:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  5. # 5 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 701 times in trip plans
    The Basilica Of Saint John

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Nature

    Address: Entrance off St. Jean Sok. Just east of Isa Bey bCami, Selcuk, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    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...Read more

  6. # 6 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 512 times in trip plans
    Dilek National Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Nature

    Address: Dilek, 09400 Kusadasi

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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 activiti...Read more

  7. # 7 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 226 times in trip plans
    Silver Sands Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Entertainment

    Address: Silver Sands Beach, Kusadasi, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 t...Read more

  8. # 8 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 303 times in trip plans
    Kusadasi Castle

    Tags: Castle, Tourist Center, Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Kusadasi Merkez, Kusadasi, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ac...Read more

  9. # 9 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 293 times in trip plans
    Ephesus

    Address: 2004 sokak no 1, 35920 selcuk/Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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 B...Read more

  10. # 10 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 161 times in trip plans
    Miletus

    Tags: Geological Formation, Educational Site, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Miletus, Balat Koyu, Didim

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  11. # 11 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 258 times in trip plans
    Isa Bey Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Architecture

    Address: Ataturk Mh., St. Jean Cd, 35920 Selcuk/Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  12. # 12 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 103 times in trip plans
    Camlik Museum Of Steam Locomotives

    Tags: Museum, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Merkez Camlik Koyu, Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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. L...Read more

  13. # 13 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 129 times in trip plans
    Seans Karaoke Bar

    Address: Main Bazaar Sreet, Kusadasi, Turkey

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  14. # 14 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 54 times in trip plans
    Laren Safari Park

    Tags: Beach, Park, Safari, Nature

    Address: Kusadasi – Selcuk Anayol Uzeri Ataturk Mah. No:60 Arvalya Mevkii, Kusadasi 35920, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 02:30 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  15. # 15 of 34 Things To Do in Kusadasi | Added 878 times in trip plans
    Pamukkale

    Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 miner...Read more

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