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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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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 Kusadasi 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!

How far is it from Istanbul?

Kusadasi is 575 km from Istanbul, and you can drive there via the E881. It's also accessible by train or air, but why not take a ferry along the scenic Aegean coast instead?

Good to Know

  • Language
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    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    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

Unforgettable and very emotional and our guide Ilker was fantastic!

Do not miss this tour and guide! We will never forget it, it was very emotional and actually mind-blowing to be able to visit the House of the Virgin Mary - what an honour and a privilege. This tour and guide was excellent and really good value for money. It was the highlight of our cruise and I would urge everyone to go there. Ephesus was awesome also. We left a piece of our hearts there at the House of the Virgin Mary .....

The visit to Ephesus was amazing but the organisation of the visit def

We were booked to meet our guide at the port at 08.00. We were on time but had to wait 1hour 20minutes before we departed whilst the guide waited for another person from another ship. He made no effort to chase them and thought it was perfectly OK for us to wait. If we hadn't said something to the contrary he wouldn't have taken any action to make alternative arrangements for these other people.

Very nice time with family and horses very well controlled ))

Very nice family memory and no safety issues horses very well controlled. Enjoyed it all thanks

3-Hour Horseback Riding in Kusadasi Reviewed by gregory, 10/26/2016

Fantastic excursion , Ephesus is an amazing site and great value trip

One of the best excursions , I have ever been on ! We docked on our cruise ship at Kusadasi and it was great that Ephesus was only a short journey , approx 20 mins away. Trip was enhanced by the fact that we were only a small party , approx 10-12 people in total and our guide , Adam was excellent , both highly knowledgeable and very helpful ie my partner had a broken foot and her mobility restricted but Adam ensured that we had frequent rests and a place for her to sit when we stopped at various points of interest around Ephesus. For anyone ( even remotely ) interested in ancient history , Ephesus is a 'must see ' , it is a huge site , has so much interesting history and is surprisingly well preserved , the highlight being the library ! After the visit to Ephesus , we stopped for lunch at traditional Turkish restaurant , the food was excellent and the staff very pleasant. our trip concluded with a mosque visit and to Temple of Artemis ! It was a great day all around !

genuine friendly informative guide who gave great value for money

Our private party of four were picked up at kussadasi port promptly without any problems Guide Metin was so interesting and friendly we felt entirely at ease and ready to learn a lot about Ephesus. We were not disappointed as we were guided around this excellent sight. Your company and especially Metin will be highly recommended to family and friends.

Private Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi Port Reviewed by ian, 09/19/2016

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