The population of Kusadasi and its environs is approximately 65 000 people. In summer the small and quiet tourist town, however, is much greater not only because of the hundreds of thousands of arriving tourists, but also because of the dripping stream of people seeking employment in the tourism industry. Overall, the population of Kusadasi has always been uniform. It turns out that in recent years there is increasing number of foreigners who live here permanently. The tendency to buy properties in the Mediterranean did not pass up Turkey. Here the prices are still not so high and the warm climate and charming nature are very attractive. In Kusadasi as it is in other parts of the Mediterranean there is a major interest of the inhabitants of the Nordic countries, Britain, Germany and Russia.
Geography and weather condition:
Kusadasi is located on the west coast of Turkey. It is situated in the central part of a vast bay of 37° north latitude and 27° east longitude. This is one of the most
popular Turkish resorts and most popular vacation spot of the Turkish Aegean coast. It is located less than an hour drive south of Izmir and its International Airport. About 18 km from Kusadasi lays the Greek island of Samos. It can be seen very well, especially in fine weather.
Kusadasi falls into the subtropical climate zone. Winter is short, mild and moist. From early December to late February temperatures are similar to those in the rest of the Mediterranean – between 10 and 15°C. Spring starts in early March when thermometers already show above 15°C. The temperatures in April are usually over 20°C. Summer is long, hot and dry. It lasts approximately from mid-April to late October. Temperatures in this period are usually between 22 and 32°C. The highest temperatures are in the second half of July and early August. Rainfall is scarce. From July to September probability of rain is negligible. The rainiest months in the year are December and January. In winter it is possible to form a thin and precarious snow cover, but it still happens very rarely.
When is the best time for tourism in Kusadasi?
Surely it is best to choose the summer semester (April to October) when is the beach season. Then you will see the resort town of Kusadasi in its best light. If you have a choice though, we’d recommend the months of May and September, when warm summer weather is guaranteed, but there is no crowds of foreign tourists as it is in July and August.
Nature in the surrounding area of Kusadasi is typical subtropical. Here grow mainly Mediterranean species – citrus trees, olives, pine species and different types of palms. In places the vegetation is less dense and has open grass spaces, where thrive mainly shrubs. The coastline around the city is indented. There are many small coves and peninulas. The landscape around Kusadasi is quite picturesque. On small territory one can find plains and mountains, sandy beaches and rocky shores. Near the resort is located the mountainous Dilek Peninsula. Much of its territory is covered with forest, and in some places there are small quiet pebble beaches, where visitors can find solitude. Because of its beauty the majority of the peninsula was declared a national park.
Kusadasi is located in one of the most economically developed parts of Turkey. Here on the Turkish Riviera leading is of course the tourism industry. Small and large hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, trade centers and various kinds of services are designed primarily to satisfy the demand of the foreign and local visitors. Besides tourism and trade, the real estate market is also very important. It is subject of interest not only for foreigners who dream of living on the shores of the Mediterranean, but also for the Turks from the northern parts of the country.
Overall prices in Kusadasi are quite acceptable and even lower for Western tourists. This applies to the bigger shopping centers and stores. In large supermarkets service is similar to that in Europe, but if you come across any local traditional markets you must be willing to bargain, because here this is a part of the normal everyday life. Most often traders gradually weaned from the price until they agree on a price that satisfies both sides. If you agree immediately to the offered price this may even be considered for contempt on your part. On the colorful stalls there is great variety of souvenirs and if not bet on sanity it is likely to waste everything you have in your pocket. The most diverse are the different souvenirs with blue eyes, which according to local beliefs keep the evil eyes away. It is important to know that in Kusadasi virtually anywhere you can pay in euros, although the local currency is the Turkish lira, and Turkey is not a member of the European Union.
How to get kusadasi:
There are 2 international airports near Kusadasi. The first one is Izmir International Airport (ADB) which is 66km (41mi) away from Kusadasi and the other one is Bodrum Airport (BJV) which is 120km (74mi) from Kusadasi.
From Izmır Airport, scheduled bus transfers to Kusadasi bus station are available. Trains run from Izmir airport to Selcuk town, and from Selcuk town, Kusadasi is reachable in 30 min. Timetable for bus, train and minibuses differ according to season.
You can visit Kusadasi by cruise ships or you can take a ferry from Greek island Samos to Kusadasi. There are 2 ferries everyday between Samos and Kusadasi during high season; 08:30 in the morning and 17:00 in the afternoon. Schedules are subject to change due to seasonal, weather and sea conditions. Get clear information about times when planning your schedule.
Major roads from Istanbul, Cappadocia or Antalya are connected to Kusadasi from Aydin via Soke town on the south and Izmir via Selcuk on the north.
If you are coming from Izmir airport, you have 3 different options to reach Kusadasi: the minor sub road following the coastline through the villages, the old main road or the highway exit from Selcuk town. Highway entance and exists are digital system and your car needs to have a digital card on the window to be able to pass without a fee. Consult your car rental company beforehand.
Kusadasi main bus station hosts several bus companies from all over Turkey. At the high season, you can find direct access to almost all major and popular cities including Istanbul, Ankara, Nevsehir, Denizli or Antalya. Everyday there are regular busses running between Izmir and Kusadasi. At winter time every hour and at summer time every 30 minutes, busses operate between Kusadasi and Izmir bus stations. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Note: Izmır airport and Izmir bus station are located on two different sides of the city, and are connected to each other by city bus.
You may organize private transfer with luxury and airconditioned minivans from Izmir or Bodrum airports to your destination point in Kusadasi, saving time, effort and money. Please click here for private transfer request.
- Throughout Turkey, the majority of accommodation options of all standards offer free wi-fi. Note that it can often be slow.
- Wi-fi networks are also found at locations from cafes and carpet shops to otogars (bus stations) and ferry terminals.
- Some major websites such as Wikipedia are currently banned. While in the country, you currently cannot book Turkish accommodation using www.booking.com due to a ban.
- Note that although virtual private networks (VPNs) are officially banned in Turkey, many internet users within the country use them regularly. Some popular VPN apps (many of the free-to-use ones) have been successfully blocked, but more powerful apps continue to work fine.
- Internet cafe numbers are declining with the proliferation of wi-fi and hand-held devices.
- They are typically open from 9am until midnight, and charge around ₺2 an hour (İstanbul ₺3). Many are used only by gamers.
- Connection speeds vary, but are generally fast.
- Viruses are rife.
- English keyboards are few and far between. Nearly all have Turkish keyboards, on which ‘ı’ occupies the position occupied by ‘i’ on English keyboards.
- On Turkish keyboards, create the @ symbol by holding down the ‘q’ and ALT keys at the same time.
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Foods & Restaurants:
The rumor is that if you wish to taste some of the great dishes of Ottoman tradition, you would have to be invited into people’s homes because true Turkish cuisine seems to be related to a house full of women, sitting at home all day, with nothing to do but prepare intricate and subtle dishes.
All is not lost though. These is plenty of delicious street food you must not miss but also a whole lot of restaurants that will offer you the best choices of the Turkish and international cuisine.
To help you out, I have gathered a list of some eating options for you. In Kusadasi, you can choose from:
Street Food, which includes kebabs, lahmacun, pide and an assortment of burgers and sandwiches. Kebabs are dishes of plain or marinated meat either stewed or grilled. They are available almost anywhere and they are cheap.
Doner is a spit of lamb or chicken from which slices of meat are cut. It is served in a half loaf with raw onions and tomato but it could be also served with rice, chips or bread.
Shish includes cubes of lamb, beef or chicken meat grilled on wooden skewers and served in the same way as doners.
Kofte are meatballs, predominantly lamb. You can get them grilled in different shapes and sizes. People who make and sell kofte are usually last on the street to stop cooking and you can always run into a kofte van until early in the morning.
Pide is in touristy areas known as Turkish Pizza but the name is only used for advertising purposes and nothing else. Pide is actually a long thin banana shaped bread, rolled with some skill from a small ball of dough and then covered with the topping of your choice and burned in the oven for a short time. The resulting pide is sliced up and served piping hot.
Lokantas are cheap Turkish restaurants that serve pre-cooked food kept warm over burners. The food is usually pretty good although it may not seem so in the first place.
Iskembe joints selling iskembe of course, which is tripe based soup that claims to prevent hangovers but only if eaten at 3 am.
Restaurants – it would be best if you sought some authentic places if planning on trying Turkish dishes, which is not that easy in Kusadasi though. In front of every restaurant, there is a waiter inviting you to visit them and not another restaurant. Additionally, there’s always a large menu or photos with dishes and prices, so you can see their offer.
The Turks are famous for their Meze. Meze arouse the appetite before the main dish and are accompanied by wine or raki, an alcoholic beverage made of anise also known as “lions drink” because you must be strong as a lion to drink it.
The meze is primarily composed of vegetable dishes such as braised artichokes, broad beans in tomato sauce, vine leaves stuffed with rice, currants and pine nuts, mustard greens, beet salads, eggplant and a lot of yogurt.
The best known meze are gozleme, fried aubergines with yogurt, lakerda (bonito pre-served in brine), pastirma (pressed beef), kisir, humus, fish croquettes, and lambs’ brains with plenty of lemon juice.
Do not miss trying out some of the Turkish sweets as they are famous throughout the world. The best known are “baklava” and “kadayif” pastries but others such as “sütlac”, “tavuk gögsü”, “kazandibi”, “helva”, “asure” are also very good.
Some of the national drinks that need to be mentioned are Turkish coffee, Turkish tea, ayran, shira, salgam, sahlep and boza.
Fish Restaurants – Whenever you are in a fish restaurant, it is advisable to start with hot or cold Meze (starters) and then move on to a plate of fish. Besides vegetable dishes, meze can also include seafood, mostly shrimp and calamari. There is a variety of fresh and flavorful seafood in these restaurants. The fish is often grilled or fried and served with olive oil and lemon juice.
There are a few famous Kusadasi restaurants but this changes from year to year. What was famous one year, it may not be the next. If it’s full, it must be good. Enjoy!
Some of the recommended Kusadasi restaurants are:
Be-Bop Restaurant and Bar – one of the best international cuisines in Kusadasi with moderate prices.
Cimino Bistro and Cafe – popular among British Irish and Scottish tourists
Cafe Cafe Patisier and Cafe – famous meeting point for visitors and locals, serves international cuisine and Turkish pastries
Konyali Restaurant – Traditional Turkish cuisine with kebaps and pide, the “Turkish Pizza”
Kusadasi is about an Hour drive away from Izmir -Adnan Menderes-Airport.
Kusadasi lies at a distance of 90 km to the metropolitan city of Izmir, which is the largest city in the region.
Adnan Menderes Airport is approximately one hour drive away from Kusadasi. There are direct buses from Izmir Coach Station to Kusadasi every half an hour during the summer season at cost of 17 TL. There are shuttle buses and taxi services offered directly from the airport, as well.
Walking in Kusadasi
Kusadasi is the perfect spot for the visitors who enjoy their surroundings by walking around as the town itself is cosy and small well comparison to bigger Cities and by Town I mean here the actual centre of Kusadasi.
Kusadasi Town Centre and the Sea Fron is awesome to walk around, whether it is into the town or out to the coastal areas, you will admire the atmosphere in the town.
Seeing the historical building of Caravan Seray (Kervansaray), Grand Bazaar Where you can find authentic shops, carpet, jewellery and leather shops and Pigeon Island where the famous castle is located on will definitely add enjoyment to your walks.
Public Transport in Kusadasi
In Kusadasi, the best mode of transport is the Dolmus it is more like a shared taxis / minibus which is rather very common in Turkey. Fancy a day at the beach or any hotspot in between, just hop on any frequent services from inner town to any beach in the Kusadasi region.
This cheap, reliable and very friendly service is available on a continuous basis during the summer season which runs from 7a.m until Midnight 7 days a week.
Price: 1.75-2.75TL per person
Although there are dolmus stops on every corner on the busy streets, you can just stop it by raising your hand once you see it coming. Just let the driver know where you intend to go, and they will tell you which line to take, as well as where you need to get off. They will remind you about where you need to get off once you reach your destination.
Dolmus Lines are :
Number 1 : Kustur Beach- Industrial Site ( Central Dolmus Stop, Municipality, Marina, Adaland)
Number 2 ( Blue Line) : Public Hospital- Notestik
Number 2 ( Red Line) : Kusadasi Primary School- Public Hospital
Number 3 : Public Hospital- Yagcikent ( Central Dolmus Stop, Municipality)
Number 4: Yagcikent- Public Hospital ( Central Dolmus Stop, Municipality)
Number 5: Ladies Beach- Centrum ( Kusadasi Port- Scala Nuova, Guvercinada -Pigeon Island, Caravan Serail, Grand Bazaar)
Number 6: Nazilli Sitesi- Public Hospital ( Central Dolmus Stop, Municipality, Marina)
Number 7: Public Hospital- Nazilli Sitesi ( Central Dolmus Stop, Municipality, Marina)
Transportation To/ From Kusadasi
Kusadasi lies at a distance of 90 km to the metropolitan city of Izmir, which is the largest city in the region. Adnan Menderes Airport is approximately one hour drive away from Kusadasi.
There are shuttle buses and taxi services offered directly from the Airport, as well. You can simply take a shuttle from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Kusadasi which operates every one hour. The name of the shuttle company is Havatas.
Price : 20 TL per person , Duration : 90 minutes
If you would like to visit another city from Kusadasi, you can go to the Coach Station of Kusadasi (Otogar) by taking dolmus from the city centre.
The inter-town coach services in Turkey are very comfortable with such offered services as free snacks, TV, a/c, and friendly stewards and stewardesses.
You can take a bus ticket to any city / town from Kusadasi. Examples of reliable bus companies that have services to many other cities in Turkey: Pamukkale, Kamil Koc, Metro, Uludag, Varan
Price examples for bus trips from Kusadasi to various cities:
Kusadasi – Marmaris : 35-45 TL
Kusadasi – Izmir: 15 – 20 TL
Kusadasi – Antalya: 60- 65 TL
Kusadasi – Istanbul: 85- 95 TL
Kusadasi – Ankara: 80- 90 TL
Kusadasi – Pamukkale,Denizli : 35-40 TL
It would be a wise decision to book your trip online with the aforementioned bus companies to get a better offer on bus ticket prices.
Attractions & cultural heritages:
We’ve shortlisted some of the best places to visit in Kusadasi town that will help in making your experience in this town a great one. Take a look:
- Pigeon Island
A 350-meter causeway from the Kusadasi harbor leads out to the fascinating Pigeon Island, which consists of the remnants of a 13th-century Byzantine fortress. It is a popular spot as tourists spend most of their time either relaxing in the café here or just walk along the seaside. The sunsets here are breathtaking and visiting this place is thus, one of the most romantic places to visit in Kusadasi.
Location: Kusadasi harbor, Kusadasi, Turkey
- Ladies Beach
Situated only two kilometers from Kusadasi, this is one of the most visited beaches in Kusadasi. With water sports as well as numerous cafes, there is no way you can get bored at this lively and cheerful beach. There are also sun loungers and umbrellas that you can rent in order to relax and unwind. Weekday and off-season outings here can be very calm and quiet.
Location: Kadinlar Denizi, Kusadasi, Turkey
- Dilek Peninsula
The Dilek Peninsula is a national park with scenic beautiful mountains and breathtaking coastline views. With many beaches for swimming and sunbathing here, the Dilek Peninsula makes for a great one day trip from Kusadasi. The Cave of Zeus, a part of this amazing reserve, is a spectacular and very famous spot amongst the tourists. The national park also provides a great trekking experience.
Location: Kuşadası, Aydın Province, Turkey
One of the most beautiful ancient cities, Ephesus is situated on the coast of Ionia in Turkey. Built in 10th century BC by Attic as well as Ionian Greek colonists, Ephesus is home to some of the most fascinating monuments like Library of Celsus, Temple of Artemis, etc. Partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD, Ephesus has still managed to attract tourists from all over the world, with its ruins.
Location: Selçuk, İzmir Province, Turkey
- Aqua Fantasy Waterpark
Situated in Selcuk, this fantastic waterpark is very popular amongst both kids and adults as it offers a variety of fun rides that are both thrilling and safe. These flumes and rides are along the poolside bars, from where parents can keep an eye on their kids whilst also relaxing. There is also a hotel where you can stay as well as a spa to unwind yourself. Visiting this waterpark is amongst the most fun places to visit in Kusadasi.
Location: Ephesus Beach, Selcuk, Turkey
- Kusadasi Bazaar
Ambling through the lit-up streets of Kusadasi Bazaar in the night is something you don’t want to miss. With a variety of things available at reasonable prices, it is sure to lift every shopaholic’s mood up. Consider a heaven for all those who love shopping, this place offers people things ranging from clothes and carpets to ornaments and ceramics. It is one of the best places to visit in Kusadasi at night.
Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
- Sean’s Karaoke Bar
A night full of fun and craziness is the ideal way of hanging out with your friends or even your partner. And after a satisfying yet tiring day of sightseeing, a fun-filled night is all you need. You can enjoy to your fullest, by singing, dancing as well as drinking with your friends. This bar is one of the best places to visit in Kusadasi for young couples.
Location: Main Bazaar Street, Kusadasi, Turkey
- The Isabey Mosque
There are a variety of places to visit in Kusadasi and plenty of places to visit. But what stands apart from the rest of the things is, the Isabey Mosque. One of the most impressive works of architecture, this mosque was built way back in the 14th century. It is a combination of Islamic style as well as Anatolian styled architecture.
Location: Selcuk, Turkish Aegean Coast, Turkey
- Camlik Museum
One of the most intriguing yet most unusual places to visit in Kusadasi in Turkey, is the largest railway museum in Turkey with numerous interesting models on display. Visiting this museum can be very exciting as well as informative for your kids as well as for you. It was established in 1997 and is situated in the Izmir province of Turkey.
Location: Camlik village, Selcuk, Turkey
- Basilica of St. John
Visiting ruins is one of the common places to visit in Kusadasi. You will never fall short of ruins here. Constructed over the burial site of John the Apostle, the Basilica teaches you a lot about Greek history. The white pillars that stand tall against the backdrop of exquisite scenic beauty attract a lot of tourists every year. It is one of the best places to visit in Kusadasi in October in fact, during the festive season.
Location: Selcuk 35920, Turkey