We had heard many wonderful things about Turkey – its beautiful beaches, amazing Turkey sights and friendly people – however, only after experiencing a holiday there, did we realize why people keep returning – year after year.
We had made a choice between several cheap international flights and finally decided on one going to Bodrum airport, from where we carried on straight away with a coach to Kusadasi, our final destination. Canakkale to Gallipoli
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Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast, popular with day trippers as well as holiday makers.
The streets are bustling with people, and even walking from the beach to your hotel can be an assault to your senses, as the smells and sounds are so different and exotic.
For those who love bargaining, this place is heaven – you can find some amazing handicrafts and jewelry, as well as dirt cheap rip-offs – but one thing is for sure, it’s impossible to leave this place without having bought something..!
We spent most of our days sunbathing at the different beaches, and our favorite was Ladies’ Beach, a very popular beach with an interesting history.
Between the days of sunbathing at the different beaches along the coast and stuffing ourselves with Turkish food in the taverns, we took some day trips to explore the surrounding area…
Not to far from Kusadasi is Ephesus – it is the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranean region built on a small hill and one of Turkey’s top sights.
It is hard to describe the feeling while walking along that archaeological site, looking at the remnants of the famous library, the grand theatre and the “Church of Virgin Mary”.
The famous footprint which points in the direction of the brothel is also a classic not to be missed.
It is known for its perfectly white travertines , the ancient city Hierapolis and Cleopatra’s own spa – to have a swim in her own bathroom you have to pay extra, but you can enjoy some beautiful small ponds with clean and slightly blue water for free.
A Quick Tip…
If you decide to visit Kusadasi, or any other city in Turkey, be prepared for a slightly strange traffic jam, where the rules are set by the vehicle with the noisiest honk. Dolmuses or mini buses are the easiest way to get around the city – you just need to wave and they will stop wherever you are.
After spending 11 days in Turkey, we were more than satisfied with our choice but also very aware that Turkey has so much more to offer and that is the reason enough for us to go back again.
Top Activities in Kas, Turkey
Located on the outward southern curve of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Kas is an unspoiled little fishing village. While tourists visit this charming settlement, it still has not given into the usual tourist frills. Its lush and lovely mountains are decorated with enchanting houses and winding roads which leads to the gorgeous and crystal clear beach.
With picture postcard scenery, you can often see trailing vines of fuchsia bougainvillea flowers overflowing from market fronts and terraces in homes. Besides its breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the village, there are many things to do and see. Here are four activities you won’t want to miss.
Big Pebble Beach
This is actually a smaller beach with very large pebbles. It is about a five minute drive from Kas or 20 minute walk. In the summer there is dolmus service (a minibus and less expensive than a taxi) which runs about every hour.
There are many restaurants and plenty of chairs for those wanting to just absorb the turquoise water or let your mind wander and relax.
Going back to the 4th Century BC, the Lions Tomb is the most photographed site in Kas.
Located right in the center of this town, this ancient tomb is carved from a single block of stone which reveals rare Lycian inscriptions (one of the few which exists).
Another site to see is the 4000 seat Hellenistic Theater which is 700 years old and often is a site for small concerts by local musicians.
This overlooks the glorious sea and if you climb to the top you will get a photo perfect view.
Be sure to pack your water gear as Kas is probably known as one of the best places for scuba diving and other water sports such as canoeing and paragliding.
With average temperatures and breathtaking blue water, you can easily locate a diving site which range from caves to underwater canyons.
One particular site of interest is the Uluburun shipwreck. Researchers say this wreck happened about six miles of the coast of Kas and dates back nearly 2500 years!
With more than 25 sites available for diving, you can find locations which provide scuba diving lessons. There are also plenty of places that rent diving equipment if you can’t fit yours in your luggage.
This small harbor is accessible by boat. A must to see, it offers a castle in which when you walk to the top, it offers unimaginable views.