Kusadasi – It is a modern resort town on the Aegean Sea 90 km south of Izmir (the third largest city in Turkey). Translated from Turkish “Kusadasi” means “Bird island”.

Its history begins in the 11th century BC, when there appeared the first Greek settlers, and in the 9th century BC. – Ionians. By the way, Many ancient buildings around Kushadasov It applies just to the Ionian period.

The heyday of the city Kusadasi It began with “sunset” of Ephesus. In the Middle Ages (up to 15 AD) Kusadasi It was the trade center of the Republic of Genoa and Venice. After the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Empire (1413 year) he became one of the central Ottoman port cities.

Those who wish to visit Kusadasi we recommend, Firstly, to go to the central port (Marina). Road traffic is very dense near the port, so the car is better to put on paid parking (them in the center of the city is enough), and then move on foot.

In the port often come beautiful cruise liners, they make the city center more beautiful. Directly in front of the marina, you can see the high stone walls – these are caravanserai Mehmed Pasha, built in 1612 year, and stood up to the present day. Now it is a hotel with cafes and restaurants. Log into free.

Also near the port, if you look closely into the sea, you will notice a fortress. Is This Pirate fortress (Kushadaskaya fortress), it is built on island Gyuverdzhin even in Byzantine era. but 16 century it became a famous pirate haven and a great maritime naval commander of the Ottoman Empire Hayreddinu Barbarossa. Now the pirate fortress museum, which displays various marine exhibits, raised from sea.

By the way, symbol of the city Kusadasi a dove. And it immediately catches the eye – all around in pigeons and doves, especially pigeon, built among the palm trees, и уличные фонари 🙂

As for the beaches, in Kusadasi sandy beaches, well-equipped and in the city center. They are closer to the outskirts of the city.

It should be remembered, that only 20 km from Kusadasi located the ancient city of Ephesus with a history of 25 centuries and House of the Virgin Mary. This place, which you must visit, arriving in this region.

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Kusadasi on the map

Text and photos: Evgeny Nazarenko