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The popular district of Aydin, Kusadasi has become an attraction centre which welcomes thousands of visitors with its blue-flag beaches, national park hosting hundreds of species, many historical places within the surrounding and mild climate. While region was a small coastal town, it had started to attract tourists with the effect of cruise tourism. Even, English, Irish and German people had explored the region that hosted routes to overseas and started to build houses. Kusadasi promises a lively night life. On the other hand, it’s possible to taste the most beautiful delicacies of Aegean cuisine in restaurants here and to get fill of sea products and fish. However, if you choose the district for holiday, you should be prepared; food & beverage and night life prices are a little high. And we also recommend you buy carpets and rugs specific to the region as a gift for your loved ones.
It’s not known when and by whom Kusadasi was founded exactly. Yet, it’s estimated according to the researches that it was founded by Ionians under the name of Neopolis. In 9th century BC, under the reign of Ionia that was gaining power with overseas trade activities, Kusadasi served as the sole harbour of Anatolia opening to the Mediterranean. Later, Lydians and Persians ruled Aegean and Kusadasi. Kusadasi changed hands again when Alexander the Great seized region, and when St. Jean settled in Ephesus and it became a religious centre. In 1086, Suleiman Shah included the region to the Seljuks, but Byzantine Empire took it back shortly after. Finally, the region began to be ruled by Ottomans upon the conquest of Mehmet Celebi in 1413. Upon the fall of Ottoman Empire, it was dominated by Italy and Greece, but in 1922, it was liberated from the occupation after the War of Independence.
If you prefer Kusadasi for summer holiday, Kadinlar Beach will be your frequent destination. Bearing the characteristics of public beach in fact, sunbeds and parasols are charged here. Kadinlar Beach is a very beautiful beach but a little bit crowded. Therefore, if you want to swim at quieter places, we recommend you explore the bays in the vicinity and attend boat tours. You can try Kustur and Uzun Beaches as an alternative to Kadinlar Beach. District not only features sea but also many historical and cultural spots. Especially Okuz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai and Mosque are the primary spots you need to visit. With a stunning architecture, this huge caravanserai is used by carpet sellers specific to the region. Also, you should visit the colourful bazaar of Kusadasi, its harbour and dock that made a significant contribution to tourism, you will enjoy your holiday in its full sense.
You should spare your one day during your holiday in Kusadasi and see Ephesus Ancient City and the House of Virgin Mary. Daily tours are organized to these places from Kusadasi. As you attend those and also you can access these places by your own if you’re travelling by car. It would be good for you to find a guide or get one of the guidebooks to walk around Ephesus. If you’re visiting Ephesus on a very hot day, you should have plenty of waters with you and wear hat. You can see many structures in this place like Celcus Library, Ancient City Thatre, Terrace Houses, Temple of Hadrian, Heracles Street, Trajan Fountain, agora and Odeonlar. Here, there is also a house that is believed that Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, used to live and died. As a Byzantine church, the house attracts the attention especially of foreign tourists.
During your visit to Kusadasi, if you ever get tired of the urbanized regions and entertaining nigh life at the centre, we strongly recommend you see Büyük Menderes Delta National Park that is also called Dilek Peninsula. The park covers a large area of 28 hectares. The areas declared national parks piece by piece periodically since 1966 are connected and reached its current size. You can see many valleys, canyons and bays in the park. It’s possible to run across many endemic species under the protection. Famous particularly with its laurel, chestnut and lime trees, the park also hosts many wild animals. You will see a lot of wild horses, bovine animals, wild boars, reptiles and many more mammals. Furthermore, the part contains 6 immaculate bays. You can have a chance to cool off in the sea in between your trip. Do not leave this place without swimming in Big and Small Kalamaki Bays.
Kusadasi offers many budget-friendly options for accommodation. There is a great deal of properties providing accommodation services ranging from luxury hotels to small guesthouses in the region. If plan to visit Kusadasi for summer holiday, we recommend you book your place early without falling for the high number of properties. There is a chance that you won’t find any place to stay if you go to the district last minute. Unfortunately, Aydin doesn’t feature an airport. However, you can easily access the district using Izmir or Milas-Bodrum Airports. You can access Kusadasi from Izmir in 35-45 minutes and one and half hour from Milas. Furthermore, it’s also very easy to access Kusadasi via highway, just try not to miss the signboard on the highway separating the road through the district. And, it would be a good alternative to access the district by sea as it features a huge harbour.
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