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    The Orient Bazaar

    by starship Updated May 13, 2009

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    The Orient Bazaar, quite close to the Balikci Limani (harbor), was as delightful as its name sounds. Along with the Grand Bazaar, it is one of the most popular shopping centers of Kusadasi. Row after row of neat little shops arranged in long corridors situated side-by-side offered all manner of wonderful goods to purchase.

    The colorful awnings shade the bazaar by day, and lamp posts light it by night. Benches down the center of each row offers a break for people watching, for tired shoppers, and often shop owners themselves take time to sit just outside of their glass-front store displays. Perhaps the store owners are taking measure of the day's shopping crowd.

    The shops of the Orient Bazaar offer clothing, leather coats, gold jewelry, carpets, ceramic dishes, exotic lamps, purses, textiles, cameras, watches, etc. Bargaining is expected on most items. I purchased small, woven purses from a nice man who had a small spot just outside of the bazaar itself. He didn't speak English and I don't speak Turkish, but we managed to close the sale. I purchased 5 purses for souvenirs and gifts, but as they were already very inexpensive, I did not see the need to bargain with the man just to save a euro or two. These purses,which resembled tiny Turkish carpets, were small & easily packable , so they were no problem to bring home as would have some other items such as the lamps which I liked so much,. We also purchased a small, Turkish carpet from another shop in the area of the Grand Bazaar.

    For those who love postcards, Kusadasi has wonderful postcards for a very modest price--a postoffice is located close to the corner of Kabris Cad. & Liman Caddesi behind the Bazaar.

    This is a very popular spot and it is wise to keep your wits about you when visiting the Orient Bazaar, although I had no problems and enjoyed "windowshopping." No one harrassed us or pushed us to buy anything. It would have been great to have some "people watching" time there and to see the ebb and flow people.

    Orient Bazaar Exotic hanging lamps on display - Orient Bazaar Another corridor of the Orient Bazaar This way to the Orient Bazaar

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    The Main Bazaar and Others

    by starship Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    There is so much shopping to be had in Kusadasi that it becomes a little overwhelming. Not only that, but it seems that virtually every shopping area comes with the title, "Bazaar." While walking along Attaturk Blvd., close to the Balikci Limani (Harbor), we saw the sign for the "Main Bazaar" (picture 1), which actually was a lovely jumble of pedestrian-only streets lined with shops filled with Turkish carpets, crafts, leather, brass, jewelery and other goods. Street kiosks sell some items such as postcards for as little as 10 for 1 Euro which were too tempting for me to ignore --- the post office is located just on B. Heyrettin Blvd. just down from Liman Square. If you are feeling hungry, a tasty meal at one of the cafes here is only steps away.

    More than the shopping itself, I was drawn to the streetscape--cobblestone streets, palm trees, lofty birdhouses, exotic tiled fountains, colorful awnings and other eye catchers.

    to be continued

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  • Adaland - The Most Exciting Experience

    by ELFIDA Written Oct 18, 2008

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    When I was in Kusadasi, I went to Adaland. I spent 2 days in there. One day for aquapark and the other day for Dolphin Park and for Sea Park. In the aquapark, I used slides, joined rain dance and gym activities, had lunch in the fast food.
    In the Seapark, seeing a lot of tropical fish and sharks was a good experience. Also there are 2 crocodiles that i loved much.
    In the Dolphin Park, i watched the show and also had the opportunity to swim with these nice mamals.
    For info about Kusadasi:

    http://www.kusadasicityguide.com/

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    Kusadasi

    by apbeaches Written Jul 17, 2008

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    We found Kusadasi to be a cosmopolitan city with highrise buildings, shops, a less expensive bazaar, and beautiful beaches. However, the history of Kusadasi can be traced back to the Trojan War at the end of the 2nd millennium B.C. King Agamemnon is thought to have founded the ancient Pygeyla as a military base, but the site as a centre of habitation dates from the Hellenistic period. In the 3rd century B.c. the city enjoyed a period of great brilliance as a summer resort for the wealthy citizens of Ephesus.

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    Okuz Mehmet Pasha

    by Sirvictor Updated Jul 9, 2008

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    A historical true story about Okuz Mehmet Pasha.
    Okuz Mehmet Pasha was Grand Vezier of the Ottoman Empire between the years 1616-19. Okuz (pronounsation:Oekuez) means in Turkish Oxe. He was a good man but it was very hard to explain something to him. For that reason his classmates called him Oxe. One day while he was on the field at war and discussing about the situation with his diwan the court, an oxe looked inside the tent and said "muuuu" Every Pashas, Veziers, Beys, all laughted. Mehmet pasha was not upset.He just laughted and said. "A friend of mine came to ask me what I was doing in the middle of Donkeys"
    Good joke.
    He builded a caravansarai at the port of Kusadasi for all kinds of goods, animals and humans. Today the Caravansarai is a luxus international hotel.

    A whale skeleton A view of Kusadasi from Birdisland Okuz Mehmet Pasha Karavanserai

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    Cotton Castle

    by kustur Written Jun 24, 2008

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    If you are really adventurous you could share the cost of a hired car and do it in a day.

    We drove from Kusadasi stopping for lunch on the way. the directions were fine and we had no problems - at least we were in control of our departure and visit time

    cheers

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    Train trip

    by kustur Written Jun 24, 2008

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    Catch the train from Selcuk [take a Dolmus from Kusadasi to Selcuk train station] to Izmir.

    The trip is incredibily cheap and runs right into the centre of Izmir after journeying for an hour through the Turkish countryside.

    Izmir train station is yards from Izmir Bazzar which is rated number two to Istanbul Bazzar.

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    Ephesus

    by machk Written May 5, 2008

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    Ephesus, the most renowned of the ancient towns founded in the Ionian region in Western Anatolia, is located on the south of Izmir's Selcuk County. It is considered as one of the most important centers not only in Western Anatolian civilization but also in the history of word civilization. The ruins of Ephesus take on a value and a special significance among the innumerable sites of an archaeological interest: this is due to its inestimable artistic patrimony, its enormous heritage of history and culture, and the inexhaustible beauty and charm of its archaeological site.

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    Jeep safari tours

    by machk Written May 5, 2008

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    Jeep safari is for those who like adventure and nature. Guests are picked up from their hotels. Once everyone gather in meeting point in Kusadasi, the safari starts. The approximate safari is 100 kms and approximate duration of jeep safari is 6 hours. Lunch is included. Mud, dust, trails, nature is what this safari is about

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  • Guzelcamli Milli park

    by dmukuld Written Dec 27, 2007

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    If you stay in Kusadasi to visit Ephesus its a good idea to visit Guzelcamli Milli park also. ( milli is national) . This is 24 Km from Kusadasi .Take a Dolmus to Guzelcamli from the square in front of Kusadasi otogar .When u get down in Guzelcamli otogar just walk further on the same road for 1Km and you will see entrance of the park .Entry tkt is 3YTL and you can enjoy the park just walking on the main road.There is a beach complate with showers,tables and benches to head for a swim hardly 500m from the entrance .The park itself is huge and to visit all the parts you need a car. They give u a good map and things to look for at the entrance and that can help you decide .

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  • Cave of the Seven Sleepers

    by londonbeat Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Many, many times I eat The Real Turkish Pizza at the Seven Sleepers. Its off the beaten path and they have a charming setup where you can watch the ladies make your pizza. And it is the best. Also they have the bubbly-bubbly. Just off the Ephesus Road from Kusadasi going north.

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    Go to a Greek Island for the day!

    by debtravers Written Oct 4, 2006

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    From Kusadasi you can take a ferry over to the Greek island of Samos - the birth place of philsopher Pythagorus no less. Samos is the capital city and this is where the ferry docks; there are beautiful walks on the island, byzantine churches to visit, beaches nearby and no shortage of bars/cafes to enjoy a glass of something and people watch!
    Ferries run daily from 1 April til 31 October - departs Kusadasi 8.30am and returns from Samos at 5pm. Ticket prices vary, daily return available or one way; and also remember to check if you need a visa to enter Greece. EU and US citizens don't. Remember that you will need euros in Samos.

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    Walk to Pigeon Island

    by debtravers Written Oct 4, 2006

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    Pigeon Island was originally called 'Bird Island' as it was frequented by many birds during migration but during Ottoman times Kusadasi was given its name which meant 'Bird Island' so the island's name was changed to 'Pigeon Island'. It was used by the military during the Ottoman period due to its ideal location. The byzantine castle is known as 'Pirate Castle'. Its a really nice walk along from the town and well worth exploring.

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    Go to Aqua Fantasy

    by miman Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Aquafantasy water park is not only a dream world for your children, but also an endless excitement or a perfect relaxation, with is several themed slides and pools. WAVE POOL BLUE LAGOON: Relax in the blue lagoon, catch the waves in the Wave Pool, experience the 10 different wave patterns.
    LAZY RIVER: Tube a long the 300m long, 4m wide, the unique, the longest Lazy River in Turkey. Ride on the tubes, take the journey in the jungle.
    TREASURRY ISLAND: The kids paradise. Aqua Fantazy's got a lots of fun and excitement from toddlers to the grand parents. The littlest ones can explore the "Squirt'n Sliden" while bigger kids can splash water of the Treasury Island. Share the moments with your kids in this biggest paradise in Turkey.
    TRIPPING BARREL: Watch out or get soaked under hundreds of gallons of water in no time.
    THE CASTLE: Anaconda, Cobra, Viper, the three serpentine slides will take you down through over 120m of twists and turns. Experience the heart pounding Gang Slides.
    LILY PAD: Kids challenge the parents. Battle your way accross on the Lily Pads without falling down in to the pool.
    X-TREME SCREAMER: X-Treme and Screamer, in two highest tobaggan slides in Turkey. Once you try it, you will have to do it again and over again.
    ADULT POOL: Cool off with a cold beer at the pirates ship bar and relax in the jacuzzi.

    Aqua Fantasy Aqua Fantasy
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    Go to Aqua Fantasy

    by miman Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Aquafantasy water park is not only a dream world for your children, but also an endless excitement or a perfect relaxation, with is several themed slides and pools. WAVE POOL BLUE LAGOON: Relax in the blue lagoon, catch the waves in the Wave Pool, experience the 10 different wave patterns.
    LAZY RIVER: Tube a long the 300m long, 4m wide, the unique, the longest Lazy River in Turkey. Ride on the tubes, take the journey in the jungle.
    TREASURRY ISLAND: The kids paradise. Aqua Fantazy's got a lots of fun and excitement from toddlers to the grand parents. The littlest ones can explore the "Squirt'n Sliden" while bigger kids can splash water of the Treasury Island. Share the moments with your kids in this biggest paradise in Turkey.
    TRIPPING BARREL: Watch out or get soaked under hundreds of gallons of water in no time.
    THE CASTLE: Anaconda, Cobra, Viper, the three serpentine slides will take you down through over 120m of twists and turns. Experience the heart pounding Gang Slides.
    LILY PAD: Kids challenge the parents. Battle your way accross on the Lily Pads without falling down in to the pool.
    X-TREME SCREAMER: X-Treme and Screamer, in two highest tobaggan slides in Turkey. Once you try it, you will have to do it again and over again.
    ADULT POOL: Cool off with a cold beer at the pirates ship bar and relax in the jacuzzi.

    Aqua Fantasy Aqua Fantasy
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  • Nov 13, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I recommend you ADALAND which is the best in Europe. It includes waterpark, dolphinpark and seapark. There is also Rafting. You should see the amazing show of the dolphins and you should also swim with them. It is really amazing. In seapark section there are different kinds of sea animals also a shark:)

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