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Yavansu Mevkii 103, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast, 9400, Turkey
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one day in kusadasi

by mandybee

Hi all
We are arriving on a cruise ship for one day 7am -7pm
we are two couples with kids 3-6 yrs old - any suggestions what to do for the day- does not have to be for kids only - we are happy to see shops and markets too? thanks mandy

Re: one day in kusadasi

by nicolaitan

ephesus - spectacular roman ruins set on previous greek and earlier cities. don't miss the small but terrific selcuk museum. and visit the house of mary up on nightingale hill as well. check the selcuk and ephesus pages of mindcrime, Kuznetov Sergey, and of course mine as well.
kusadasi downtown is a bit of a tourist trap, but some of the stores have pretty good merchandise, especially the jewellry stores ( altho you may be able to do better at other stops on your cruise ).

Re: one day in kusadasi

by Aitana

Hi Mandy, I've seen you posted several questions and the cruise seems similar to the one we took some time ago. You can see my travelogue and follow the itinerary, it could be useful:
In your case children make the difference. Great archaeological sites can be boring and hard for them but Pompeii, Ephesus and the Acropolis of Athens are a must.
Have a nice trip!

Re: one day in kusadasi

by grets

I will second Ephesus, it is an awesome site! I found Kusadasi a real tourist trap, so much better to spend the day at a historical site. I am sure you can find ways to make it interesting for kids - could be the start of a lifelong interest in exploring for them.

Re: one day in kusadasi

by mikelisaanna

Definitely do Ephesus. It is one of the great ruin sites from the Greek/Roman era. It is about 10 km inland from Kusadasi. It will take about 2 hours to go through the ruins. Feel free to visit our Ephesus page here on Virtual Tourist. We did it with a 7-year old and made it through by promising ice cream afterwards (there are some cafes and snack stands at the exit). There is also a nice little museum a mile down the road from Ephesus in the town of Selcuk, which has a bunch of items that they uncovered at Ephesus. If you are religious, the site where the Virgin Mary lived until her death is about 5 miles from Ephesus up in the hills and has a small shrine that is open to tourists.

If you don't want to do Ephesus, an alternative in Kusadasi is to take the kids to a waterpark. There are at least two of them in Kusadasi, and they looked pretty decent whrn we drove by them.

Travel Tips for Kusadasi


by June.b

Hotel: Prince Ada is 52nd out of 111 hotels in Kusadasi at TA, you can read several reviews there. (

Weather: July and August is the hottest month, though, the sun shines in Kusadasi from April til October, so if ur goin' in September, it would be moderate temperature averaging 23 deg.C. Though the weather could always be unpredictable.

Visa: UK citizens, 3 Months, 20 $ or 15 Euro or 10 £ (at the airport). And everyone who has a passport needs a visa, unless the children is included in your passport, then you both have it.

Things to do: Beach fun, and for children - the Aqua Fantasy, Adaland and Aqua Land.

Enjoy your trip!

Kusadasi Dolmus and taxi

by miman

Within Kusadasi, the best way to travel is to take the "dolmus" (minibuses). From town center, you reach in minutes any direction you wish: hotels, beaches, neighboring villages... They are allowed to take up to 15 passengers and their prices are set by each municipality.

A more private way to tour in the village are taxis that are all yellow-painted cars, equipped with taximeters and recognizable to their sign "Taksi". Prices are also fixed by each municipality. Mind the day and night tariffs.


by peterdhduncan

Kusadasi is a fairly large town and seaside resort on the west coast of Turkey, and is the nearest town to Bakkhos Guesthouse (, at which we enjoyed a week and a half's stay. Although much of the inland side of Kusadasi is like a giant building site with many incomplete buildings, roads and pavements, the harbour area and the shopping centre adjacent to it are pleasant places in which to wander, and Ladies' Beach with its pedestrianised promenade is an attractive area in which to relax and swim.

Many large cruise ships dock at Kusadasi because it is an excellent centre from which to visit Ephesus and many other historic and interesting sites.

During our stay there, we visited the nearby ruins of the ancient cities of Priene and Miletus and of the temple of Apollo at Didyma, as well as Ephesus and the towns of Selcuk, near to Ephesus, and Milas, which is famous for its carpets and rugs and is well-known locally for its large weekly outdoor market. (We acquired some very good quality fabric material there at a bargain price!)

We also made our first visit to Greece by taking the ferry to Samos, and spent time in the Kalamaki National Park in the Dilek Peninsula.

On our way back to the guest house from Milas, we visited the village of Kapikiri, on the shore of Lake Bafa, where a lady resident ‘seized upon’ us and took us for quite a long walk up onto the adjacent mountain, pointing out to us the different parts of the remains of the ancient settlement of Heraclea on the slopes opposite to it We then enjoyed a meal at the Agora Pension Restaurant a short distance back down the road, before driving back to the guest house.

A drive of a few hours eastwards from Bakkhos took us to the stunning, brilliant white hillside of Pamukkale, and, on the return journey, we visited the ruins of the fascinating city of Aphrodisias with its vast stadium. Amazingly, at the time, we were the only visitors to this huge site, in stark contrast to the crowds at Ephesus.

We spent our last full day in Kusadasi itself, first in the Ladies Beach area, and then, after leaving the beach when the weather suddenly changed from warm and sunny to windy and wet, in the central shopping area near the harbour. We finished the day with a meal at the Kalyon Restaurant.

To see photos of Kusasdasi and the other places that we visited click here, and to see photos of Bakkhos Guesthouse click here.


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