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Find out everything you need to know about this bustling seaside town with the TravelSupermarket guide to Kusadasi holidays…
Just like many of the other tourist resorts of Turkey, Kusadasi is a former fishing village that has cast off the nets and hooks of its past to become a bustling holiday hotspot.
Kusadasi sprawls around a bay on the west coast of Turkey, where the warm waters of the Aegean Sea gently roll up to the beaches and waterfront promenades of the town. As the major coastal gateway to ancient Ephesus, the port of Kusadasi welcomes huge cruise liners – part of what makes this town feel so cosmopolitan in comparison with some of the more traditional resorts along the coast.
While global brands and British and Irish bars are common here, charming local markets and independent shops and restaurants ensure that you get the full Turkish experience.
Families snap up cheap holidays to Kusadasi because of the multitude of child-friendly attractions. With eight beaches, a generous handful of water parks, and more ice-cream vendors than you can shake a waffle cone at, your kids will be begging for another holiday to Kusadasi the moment you leave.
Hotels with family-friendly amenities, including water slides and swimming pools, are also popular in Kusadasi. Village-style hotels, where you can book an all-inclusive Kusadasi break and enjoy the convenience of everything being included, are easy to find and make for memorable family visits. There are also many chic hotels in Kusadasi, where couples and older families take advantage of more hushed and stylish surroundings. If you want to make the most of the excellent local restaurants, go for a self-catering break or a hotel that includes breakfast – it’s a pleasure to tour the streets of Kusadasi and find a restaurant that makes everyone smile.
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Between April and October, the mercury regularly rises above 20C during the day, hitting 30-35C in July and August. So you might want to book an air-conditioned hotel room if you plan to visit in summer. September is a particularly lovely time to visit Kusadasi – the sea is warm, the skies are blue and the summer crowds have thinned out considerably.
Find out what’s on when in Kusadasi…
Gold Pigeon Music Festival; June: Both amateurs and professionals can enter this music contest, which plays out in Kusadasi during the last week of June and also includes street theatre and comedy.
Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival; December/January: Out of the main holiday season but too amazing not to mention, this unique tradition sees camels battling it out at the height of the breeding season (hence the need to prove who’s boss). Wrap up warm for this outdoor event, as it’s held in the Turkish winter (you can still expect temperatures above 10C during January days).
Kusadasi Market; weekly: There are weekly markets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays but, unless you are after fruit and vegetables, you might want to stick to the Wednesday market, which lures visitors in with bargain prices on clothing. Remember, though: if it’s too cheap to be designer, it’s probably fake!
You can while away Kusadasi holidays at the edge of the pool or by the sea. But there’s also a host of fascinating attractions nearby…
Grown-up families: With a gladiators’ graveyard, the Library of Celsus and the foundations of the famous Temple of Artemis, the remains of the city of Ephesus inspire visitors of all ages. The ancient city can be found near modern Selcuk, which is just 30 minutes by road from Kusadasi.
Relaxing: Visit a traditional hammam in Kusadasi and have your aches and pains vigorously rubbed away during a rejuvenating Turkish bath.
Nightlife: Kusadasi is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character come nightfall. Raucous parties drown out any other noise in playful Bar Street, where you will find a strip of theme pubs and nightclubs. Elsewhere, however, Kusadasi charms with chilled-out cafes and top-notch restaurants. The choice is yours to make.