Kusadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus, it is also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via a causeway. The traces of Old Kusadası can be seen in its seafront houses, a surviving city gate, and in the Ottoman architecture of the town’s Kaleiçi Mosque. The fortress-style, 17th-century Öküz Mehmed Pasha Caravanserai is now a hotel. There are modern water parks and lively nightlife on Bar Street. Local bazaars sell leather, carpets, and jewelry. South of town, Dilek Peninsula National Park has secluded beaches and hiking trails through forested mountains. Aside from Ephesus, popular day trips include visits to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and Miletus with its ancient Hellenistic theater.
Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient, local form of the goddess Artemis. The Temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The temple was built in the 6th century BCE and was tremendous in size. Today only the foundations and a solitary column stand as a reminder of the site where once stood the greatest temple in the ancient Mediterranean.
House of the Virgin Mary
The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus. Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there for the remainder of her earthly life. The preserved stones and construction date back into the Apostolic Age, as consistent with other preserved buildings from that time.
İsa Bey Mosque, constructed in 1374–75, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. The mosque has two main entrances, to the east and to the west, and contains a fountain court. The western wall has inscriptions and geometric shapes engraved. These walls are covered with marble, whereas the façades on the remaining sides are made of cut stone.
Basilica of St. John
The Basilica of St. John was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century and stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Its construction, being of stone and brick, is an extremely rare find amongst the architecture of its time.
Ladies Beach is a popular beach in Kuşadası. The Turkish name Kadınlar Denizi comes from the historical usage of the beach during the Ottoman period when only women were allowed to swim there.
Ephesus Archaeological Museum
Ephesus Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum in Selçuk. It houses finds from the nearby Ephesus excavation site. Its best-known exhibit is the statue of Artemis retrieved from the temple of the goddess in Ephesus.
Best Time To Visit Kusadasi
The best time to visit Kusadasi is from June to September when the weather is pleasant.