Kusadasi used to be a fishing village that sat quietly on the edge of Turkey’s Aegean coast. It’s come a long way since tourists first discovered it, and is now a lot livelier with a selection of bars, discos and local tavernas that entertain guests throughout the summer. This contrasts sharply with the amount of history and culture there is to take in around the surrounding areas.
Can you believe that there are 8 beaches in the resort of Kusadasi? The most popular are Ladies Beach, Long Beach and Kustur Beach. Kustur beach is the quieter out of the three with Ladies Beach boasting a long promenade behind a long 1km stretch of white sand. There are pedalos here for rent along with banana boats and jet-skis. Head to Long Beach though if you want to snorkel in the clear blue waters or Kusadasi.
The adrenaline-fuelled waterparks of Aqualand, Aqua Fantasy and Adaland are a favourite for those wanting to keep cool in the sun. To see more of Kusadasi’s countryside though head out on a 4×4 tour around Long Beach and the edge of Dilek National Park or go on a day trip to visit the ‘cotton castle’ springs of Pamukkale. Here guests can sit back and relax while enjoying the sun in the strikingly beautiful thermal pools.
From oven baked pizzas to lamb moussaka, the restaurants in Kusadasi offer a fine selection of local cuisine. Dishes are often served with griddled bread or flavoured with spinach and feta cheese and most restaurants are found along the waterfront. This area becomes quite lively later in the evening with karaoke bars, Irish pubs and discos providing the entertainment and the drinks when the sun goes down.