The attractive resort town of Kusadasi is one of the top starting points for a Turkish Blue Cruise.
Set on the Aegean Sea coast within the Aydin Province, Kusadasi is about 60 miles (95km) south of the bustling city of Izmir.
The town’s proximity to Ephesus as well as its attractive beaches, luxurious hotels, shopping, and attractions all go toward making Kusadasi one of the Aegean Coast’s top tourist destinations.
And it’s not just Blue Cruises and yacht hires that come and go from this seaside resort town.
Kusadasi is also a popular cruise ship port so you may well see a huge cruise liner berthed at port, allowing its passengers to take a day trip to the outstanding ancient ruins of Ephesus.
In the peak summer season (between May and October) the town’s population can rise to as much as half a million, and demand for gulet charters is fierce as many hundreds of tourists want to take off on their very own Blue Cruise.
For this reason you really do need to book your own Blue Cruise well in advance, whether you board a beautiful traditional Turkish wooden gulet, or take to the waters in a luxurious motor yacht.
Things to See and Do in Kusadasi
Plan to spend a day or two in Kusadasi itself, even if you use it just as a base for exploring nearby Ephesus.
You can read more about this spectacular ancient site on the Ephesus page. But for now let’s just say this is one piece of Turkey’s history you should not miss!
Shopaholics will love the broad choice when it comes to shopping in Kusadasi.
You can browse the luxury brand name stores within the upmarket Kusadasi Harbour, but the markets are an experience not to be missed too.
Kusadasi has a lively fish market in addition to three weekly markets that happen every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday where you can pick up fresh fruits, clothing, and all manner of Turkish souvenirs.
One excellent situated hotel is Charisma De Luxe Hotel. Beautiful and luxury with wonderful seaviews.
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