Top attractions in Kusadasi
Best things to do in Kusadasi
This harbor town on Turkey's Aegean coast is quickly becoming a holiday favorite for those seeking sunny beaches, ancient monuments, an exciting nightlife, and fantastic shopping deals. Something for everyone! Here are some of the highlights of Kusadasi.
Cliff-top springs have created an fantastical landscape dubbed the "Cotton Castle." Tour the ruins of ancient Hierapolis and soak in the thermal waters that made it famous!
Founded in the 10th century BC, Ephesus boasts many major ancient Greek monuments, like the Library of Celsus, and is easily reached from Kusadasi.
3. Temple of Artemis
Perhaps Ephesus' most famous ruin is this temple dedicated to the Hellenistic goddess Artemis. It was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and the first to be destroyed!
4. Basilica of St. John
Built by Justinian I over the assumed resting place of John the Apostle, pilgrims to Ephesus once collected dust near the church to use as "manna" – a miracle cure for sickness!
5. House of the Virgin Mary
This humble stone house in Ephesus is believed by many Catholics to be where the Virgin Mary spent her final years. All we can say for certain is that it's very, very old!
6. İsa Bey Mosque
Venture out to the Ayasluğ hills to discover this 14th-century Islamic temple modeled after the Great Mosque of Damascus. Eroded by time, the mosque was partly restored in 1934.
7. Ephesus Archaeological Museum
If you enjoyed your tour of Ephesus' ruins, delve into this extensive collection of archaeological treasures unearthed nearby. It recently reopened after major renovation work.
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
Kusadasi benefits from relatively warm weather all year round, although winter is a bit too cold to make the most of your beach vacation! The best time to visit Kusadasi is when the skies are clearest and the temperatures at their most pleasant. That can be any time between May and October!
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- Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year. May through October, however, are the most resplendent months, especially if you plan to hit the beach!
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What people are saying about Kusadasi
The tour in itself was awesome. An Christian Pilgrim should have this on their to do list. This is an under valued experience. This turned into a private tour, which I was told it was not going to be. The Thermal Hotel and the Resort Hotel were excellent accommodations. I wanted an option to stay in a cheaper hotel the first two nights. The business hotel was the low light of the tour.
What an experience! Spending the day with my fantastic guide Nafia was more than I could ask for. Sine it was only the two of us, She showed me sites within Ephesus which she isn’t normally able to do with large groups. Her knowledge of this ancient city was impressive and I learned so many interesting facts throughout the day.
Our tour guide was outstanding, polite, funny and extremely knowledgeable.. the places we visited were very fascinating, especially Ephesus with so much history and original features.. I’m not a religious person so was a little sceptical about the House of Virgin Mary but can see why this place would be special.
The minibus was right on time at our hotel. The excursion was very interesting. The guide Melih was very knowledgeable and professional. The timing of the excursions was really good and allowed us to be back at the hotel early in the afternoon. Thank you very much!!!
It was a very nice day full of interesting information. Gonca is an excellent guide and clearly knows around really well. She is also a very communicative and pleasant person, who answered all my questions regarding the day trip and Turkey. Totally recommend!