Kusadasi

Kusadasi

The ancient port city of Kuşadası present a perfect blend of sea, sun and the unspoilt beauty of nature. The outcome is a holiday destination that promises an unforettable experience. Its topographical splendour was noted by Herodotus, and its seductive beauty made it a favourite relaxation spot for Zeus.

  • HOW TO GET KUŞADASI?

    By Air

    Visitors fly to the Adnan Menderes Airport in İzmir, and coninue by road to Kuşadası.

     

    By Road

    Many coach companies provide regular services between the various cities of Turkey and Kuşadası. The coach journey İzmir to Kuşadası takes about 1.5 hours. There are regular sevices between Kuşadası and İzmir departing at hal-hour intervals.

     

    By Sea

    There is a major port with two piers in Kuşadası. International cruisers regularly stop here. In the summer season day-tours to Sisam (Samos) and cruises to other Greek Islands can be arrenged through local travel agents.

  • MUST-SEE SIGHTS of KUŞADASI

    Öküz Mehmet Paşa Caravanserai with its distinctive architecture could be the first stop on youritinerary in Kuşadası. It was an Ottoman stronghold. Built by the Grand Vizier Öküz Mehmet Pasha in 1618 to foster overseas trade. The caravanserai, situated near the pier of Kuşadası, was extensively renovated in 1966. The courtyard of the caravanserai, approximately 18,5 by 21,6 metres, is surrounded by a two-storey portico. The entrance of the caravanserai on the north façade is a 2,96-metre-wide marble doorway bonded by a shallow arch, and the gate has a plain design. The safekeeping section, where the wares were held, the gatekeeper’s lodge and the ablution fountain, recently converted to a swimming pool, are the principal points of interest for visitors. The portico sections are spanned with cross vaults, each with a cell behind. Every cell has a fireplace and niches of various dimensions for storage. The caravanserai was covered with a flat roof, and, in order to stand firm against attacks from the sea, the north and north-eastern façades were built especially to be stronger than other paarts. There is also a gate on the eastern façade leading to the marketplace.

  • KALEIÇI  (Citadel)

    Mosque has a distinctive architecture. It was commissioned by the Grand Vizier Öküz Mehmet Pasha in 1618, and it is also calles as Öküz Mehmet Paşa Mosque. The gate of the mosque is embellished with mother-of-pearl inlays and decorated with interlocking geometric panels. The mosque has a dome resting on a dodecagonal (twelve-sided) drum perforated with sixteen windows. Situated in the marketplace, the building was extensively restored in 1830.

  • KALEIÇI (CITADEL)

    Mosque has a distinctive architecture. It was commissioned by the Grand Vizier Öküz Mehmet Pasha in 1618, and it is also calles as Öküz Mehmet Paşa Mosque. The gate of the mosque is embellished with mother-of-pearl inlays and decorated with interlocking geometric panels. The mosque has a dome resting on a dodecagonal (twelve-sided) drum perforated with sixteen windows. Situated in the marketplace, the building was extensively restored in 1830.

  • GÜVERCINADA

    The amulet or lucky charm of Kuşadası, is a small island just off the Kuşadası coast. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway, and the fortress, built on a rocky outcrop, is very picturesque. The fortress fulfilled its function for many years, and is also known as the Korsan (Corsair’s) Fortress. Today it is a tourist attraction, but during Ottoman Period it served as an outpost to defend the port against potential attacks from the Aegean Islands, all the more likely in the aftermath of the Morea Uprising. The tower, central to the function of the fortress, was built at the highest point on the island. A cistern was also installed. The fortress has been extensively refurbished, and restaurants, cafes and recreation areas have been introduced, so that visitors can enjoy the historical building amid pleasant facilities. In the evening the fortress is illuminated, adding to its enchament. Naturally, it has becoma a favourite spot for young couples to imbibe the charming ambience of moonlit nights.

  • KADIKALESI

    Fortress is a historical gem. IT is situated on the 10th kilometre of the road leading to Davutlar from Kuşadası. It was a Byzantine fortress built on the shore and intended to dominate the gorge between Samos (Sisam) Island and the mainland. The fortress was built on top of a Bronze Age earthen mound. Archaeological  excavations around the small mosque have revealed a chapel from the Mid-Byzantine Period and fourteen burials of woman and children. The city gate and square-planned tower have also been restored. Among the archaeological finds are many imported items, Mycenaean ceramics and local terra-cotta ware, a lead seal, fragments of architectural statues, and coins from the Roman and Islamic eras.

  • THE PORT OF KUŞADASI

    Visited by 600 large-tonnage cruise ships annually, has two piers and is a popular stopover on Mediterranean cruises. It is a visitor’s resp,te on the regular routes of the most famous cruise-ship operators in the world. The boats carry visitors from foreign lands. It is clear that Kuşadası port has become a favourite with visitors because of its natural beauty as well as its modern facilities that meet the highest international standards.

    Ephesus Convention Centre, put into service in 2013, has enabled Kuşadası to host many large-scale events. The venues and technical facilities provided for international conferences together with manifold local attractions, have made Kuşadası an ideal location for such events.

  • HANDICRAFTS

    Kuşadası is part of Aydın province, and the handicrafts of the region are highly acclaimed. The colourful hand-woven carpets and kilims, and saddlebag-style handbags bearing Turcoman and Yörük motifs, made with fibres imbued with natural dyes, are much admired. Also tents of wowen goat-hair, and sacks of the same material, made by the nomadic Yörük people, along with traditional clothes and headgear,needle leace, embroidery, applique and artefacts made out of wood, are also noteworthy. In order to help the traditional handicrafts to prosper in the modern age, training and practical experience courses are regularly held, the products are exhibited to visitors and some made available for purchase.

  • GASTRONOMY

    Kuşadası cuisine exemplifies the cuisine of Aydın province; its specialities can be sampled in both traditional and modern restaurants. The best-known products of the region are figs, grapes, and olives. Kuşadası is gastronomically very active. It holds the record for the “largest open buffet in the world”. Every year the traditional Gastronomic Festival of Kuşadası is held in the town to promote its mouth-watering cuisine. Vegetable dishes cooked with olive oil and served cold, soups, seafood, citrus fruits, Seville orange jam, various fig and grape wines, desserts such as semolina halva, saffron-coloured rice pudding (zerde), milk pudding (muhallebi), rice pudding (sütlaç), Noah’s pudding (aşure), fried pancake balls in syrup (lokma), rice-flour pudding sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds (pelvize), hot casserola, black-eyed peas in olive oil (börülce), stuffed wine leaves (yaprak sarma), black-byrony shoots and wild asparagus fried in olive oil ( sarmaşık kedirgen kavurma), fried aubergines (patlıcan kavurma) are the dishes most favoured in Kuşadası. The rich local specialities, such as salads of golden thistle (şevketi bostan), purslane( semizotu), wild radish (turp otu), served with fried meatballs (yuvarlama) and pastry filled with an aubergine- tomato- chilli-garlic mix (paşa göreği) offer a plethora of choice: a veritable cornucopia of gustatory delights.

  • DO NOT LEAVE UNLESS YOU HAVE

    - Explored the untouched nature of the Dilek Peninsula National Park

    - Visited Güvercinada, Öküz Mehmet Paşa Caravanserai and Çalıkuşu House

    - Visited the Port of Kuşadası. And taken a boat trip

    - Toured the most secluded coves of the Aegean Sea

    - Swum at Blue-Flag beaches, and taken a dive at the best diving spots.

    - Seen the Zeus Cave

    - Found healthy and beauty at the thermal springs and spas

    - Tasted the cuisine of kuşadası

    - Enjoyed a dose of retail therapy

    - Inspected the regional handicrafts

    - Enjoyed some evening entertainment.

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