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Embrace the Aegean blues

Backed by pine-covered hills and within easy reach of tiny isles and tucked-away coves, sun-kissed Kusadasi is a top spot to set sail around the Aegean. The lively port is a charming base to explore all that the region has to offer too with its yacht-filled marina, enticing shops, buzzy nightlife and gorgeous beaches. It has a Byzantine Castle and little Old Town where you can barter in atmospheric bazaars and feast on fresh seafood, mouth-watering meze and Turkish grills. Pretty islands are scattered just offshore from the laid-back resort, while classical ruins and wild landscapes lie close by.

We Recommend

  • Ogling the yachts of Kusadasi marina
  • Discovering the past at the sprawling ancient city of Ephesus
  • Bartering for ceramics and textiles at one of Kusadasi’s bazaars
  • Playing golf on one of the coast’s scenic courses
  • A day trip to the geological wonder that is Pammukale, an Unesco World Heritage site
  • A lazy day sailing about the Aegean
  • A wild day out hiking around Dilek Peninsula National Park
  • Feasting on meze in Kusadasi’s old town
  • Catch a ferry to the Greek island of Samos for the day – it was the birthplace of Pythagoras

EXPLORE OUR RESORT IN KUSADASI

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Official Language – Turkish is the most widely spoken language.

Time – Turkey is three hours ahead of GMT and observes European daylight savings hours.

Tourist Info – Visit gototurkey.co.uk for more information.

Capital – Ankara is the capital city of Turkey.

Currency – The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (₺).

Getting there – There is a wide range of flights to Turkey from the UK with flights taking between three-and-a-half and five hours. You can fly direct from the UK to İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya.

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A dazzling coastline

Its azure waters and soft-sand beaches are Kusadasi’s biggest draws – visitors can enjoy endless days of water sports, waterside meals and safe swimming. The coast also has tiny, secluded coves with sheer cliffs clad with pine forests. Many are only accessible by water. Set sail on a traditional wooden gulet from Kusadasi’s harbour to charter the coastline – you’ll moor up off glittering bays where you can leap into the gin-clear water to cool off and snorkel. The Dilek Peninsula to the south has some absolute beauties, along with hiking trails that snake around the mountainous national park. For a change of scenery and more unspoilt beaches, hop on a ferry to Greece – the pretty island of Samos lies just offshore. Don’t forget your passport.

Immerse yourself in history

Stroll along the causeway from Kusadasi’s waterfront to Pigeon Island with its impressive Byzantine fortress, built to protect the port from pirate raids. It’s now a stunning spot to watch the sunset and have a quiet swim. Kusadasi is close to some of Turkey’s most impressive archaeological sites, most notably Ephesus. The Ancient Greek, and later Roman, city has a wealth of towering columns and carefully excavated temples, theatres, baths and terraced houses. It was the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, although little remains. Visit the museum and seek out the House of the Virgin Mary. The little chapel sits on the site where Mary was said to have spent her last years. Close by is the sixth-century Basilica of St John, built on the alleged resting place of John the Baptist.