The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was primarily a port, once on the caravan route and during the Middle Ages, a haven for pirates. Kusadasi lost favour as a port to Izmir and became a fruit growing region until the 1970’s, when the first holiday flats were built. It is now a major holiday destination, for locals and foreigners alike.
Influences from the different ages still stand today. The old city walls were built during the Ottoman reign, as was the caravanserai that still stands today. Kaleiçi Camii, the mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Öküz Kara Mehmed Pasha.There is a castle on the peninsula and beaches are close by, and this combined with the excellent restaurant and nightlife, make Kusadasi a popular destination in Turkey.
It is also a good base for nearby sightseeing, with the Roman ruins of Ephesus, the ruins of Pergamum, the Temple of Apollo in Didyma, the oldest example of geometric city planning at Priene, ancient Aphrodisias with Roman and Hellenic ruins, Artemis Temple and one of the oldest synagogues in Asia Minor at Sardis all close by.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Kusadasi, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Turkey
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