Kusadasi is a resort town in the province of Aydin on the Aegean coast of Turkey. A foaming sea, good beaches and over 300 days of sunshine a year…. no wonder Kusadasi has grown into one of Turkey’s major sea-resorts.


The ancient ruins of the fortress and its gates are a reminder of the impact the Ottomans had on the city at the beginning of the 15th century. The Pigeon Island (just off the coast) offers the ruins of a Byzantine castle (better known as the Pirate Castle) and some good views of the coastal town itself. Originally, the island was named ‘Bird Island’ but when the Ottomans decided to name the city like that (Kusadasi means Bird Island), the island was renamed Pigeon Island.

Guvercin Ada – the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbour of Kusadasi. There are public beaches at the back of the peninsula, towards the open sea.

Ladies Beach – near town. Named because it was once segregated for female bathers. Now open to all.

Dilek Peninsula National Park. South of Kusadasi, begins at the town of Guzelcamli. Bays and beaches, including the bay of Kalamaki.

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