The district town of Kuşadası, 100 kilometers south of the city of Izmir, is a popular tourist destination with Turks and foreigners alike. Almost 100.000 people live in the fast growing city on the Turkish Aegean coast.
Kusadasi - Panorama
Kuşadası - a look back
Kuşadası's history goes back to the 3rd millennium BC. Originally the city was called Neapolis. It was ruled by Ephesus, 20 kilometers away. The former port city of Ephesus was one of the largest cities in Asia Minor in ancient times. Historians speculate that up to 200.000 people lived in Ephesus (Turkish: Efes). With the silting up of the port, Ephesus lost its economic importance, and the rise of Kuşadası began. Under the name Scala Nova, Kuşadası was a trading post of the Mediterranean republics of Genoa and Venice until the 15th century. The city was also on the trade routes leading to Asia Minor. A caravanserai still gives evidence of the trading activities. The city has belonged to the Ottoman Empire since 1413.
Onlookers in Ephesus
Kuşadası in the present
Today Kuşadası is a tourist destination of great importance. The city has many beautiful sandy beaches, including the 18 kilometer long Long Beach. Another attraction is the proximity to the historical sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus. Many hotels and holiday homes have been built in recent years. Tour guides report that the number of residents doubles during the holiday season.
Hotel complexes and marina in Kuşadası
Kuşadası - an important cruise destination in Turkey
In addition to the impressively large marina, Kuşadası has a cruise port adjacent to the city center, which is second to Istanbul in terms of ship calls.
Cruise ships in Kuşadası
Cruise ships call at the port city mainly because of its proximity to ancient Ephesus; one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in the world. More than 130 ship calls were planned for 2019 in Kuşadası. Under Kusadası sights let's name the attractions that seem important to us.
Update July 2022