Sun and sailing.
What I really enjoyed was going on a boat and just relax in the sun. It is very popular to do that when you are a tourist in Kusadasi. It is not that expensive and you are out all day long. They have a bbq on board so that is nice. They make a stop somewhere and you can go for a swim or whatever you want. But be sure to use sunlotion as you get burned easily on a boat. What I miss the most..guess that is the good weather. Always sun and it is nice to get a tan.
This is one of the refridgerated displays of fish on offer at the Ali baba restaurant, choose from Tiger prawns, sea bass, mullet, lobster, squid, and loads more, the worlds your oyster, they got those too hahahaha.
Turkey without the tinsel...
"Kusadasi - Bird Island..."
named at the time of the Ottomans, Kusadasi is a biggish town on the south-west coast on the Aegean coast and is a good base for exploring the area....plenty of cheap restaurants and bars where children also are made especially welcome. Our kids were younger when we visited and they loved it here. ....There is a very good market - caravanserai - selling anything and everything...you HAVE to haggle, part of the fun, just remember to keep smiling and not take it too seriously. Be prepared to be hassled by the stallholders too esp if you're a western woman...just keep yr cool, be polite, firm and KEEP SMILING!! Remember as westerners travelling, we are rich and we should spread it around a little....
"A step back in time..."
Epheseus, or rather the ruins of Epheseus, is only a dolmus (local bus) ride from Kusadasi. Best to get there early before the coach tour groups arrive and just wander. You really need a whole day there to do it justice. I'm not really into spending hours appreciating ancient cities on roasting hot days but this city was the exception...Fascinating stuff. Take a bottle of water too, we were there in May and it was HOT! Also there is no such thing as handrails for the Health & Safety conscious so you have to watch your step! Steep drop-offs so if you have kids with you bear it in mind you'll need eyes in the back of yr head even more than usual....
Kusadasi is a big port town so you get the cruise ships docking and everyone spilling out and into the markets to spend their readies..... so avoid the market at this time needless to say! At least after a couple of hours they all pile back onto their ships and sail off again! Some of the nearby shops even had their goods priced in american dollars for the cruisers ultimate convenience! Shops and the market stay open until at least 10pm so a spot of evening shopping was great, cooler too once the heat of the day has passed a little..