General Information About Kusadası
Kusadasi is one of the most beautiful and famous places for recreation and fun holidays. Today it is one of the most sophisticated holiday resorts in Turkey.
Kusadasi is located in a superb gulf in the Aegean Region of Turkey and means “Bird Island”. This pretty town attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world with its many sandy beaches, 300 sunny days in a year, sparkling glassy water of blue Aegean, famous nightlife, countless fish and kebab restaurants, rich shopping facilities, historic sites around etc. Ephesus is one of the most famous ancient city which is beside town. Kusadasi is also the very good start point for trips to Pamukkale, Priene, Miletus, Didiyma, Pergamum, Aphrodisias etc.
Kusadasi has a residential population of 64,359 rising to over half a million during the summer when the large resort fills with tourists (from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the Balkans). In addition to the visitors from overseas, there is a substantial community of foreigners resident in the area.
The nearest airport to Kusadasi, "Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport" - amongst the most qualified airports of Turkey with its capacity and facilities, is about 80 km away from Kusadasi.
There are 3 major ways to get around within Kusadasi. The first and the most common way is by minibus service (called dolmuş, literally "stuffed", in Turkish), which is available between 7:30 AM and 12:00 AM during the high season from May to October. Minibus routes and stops within the town are shown by minibus signs by the roads.
The second way to get around in town is by taxi. To find a taxi, you’d rather go to their office or call one of the taxi companies than waiting on the street. Taxis are yellow with company names on the side; and fees are paid according to taximeters: distance calculator which the driver switches on when you get in the taxi. Make sure it is on the day (lower) setting if you are riding in the day or evening. Taximeters run double between 12:00 am and 06:00 am.
The third way to get around in town is by foot. Most of the town is relatively flat and the scenery is nice. To walk from one end of town to another takes 30 minutes.
Nature and beaches
An area of unspoiled nature on the Turkish coast can be found on the Dilek peninsula. Enjoy the peace, clean beaches and magnificent forests. This is a fantastic place for walking when you follow the designated walking routes. Please note: There is no need to be afraid, but you will probably see the occasional wild boar (they are simply curious!).
Kusadasi has a variety of beaches scattered along its 40 km coastline. There is something for everyone, so if you wish, you could visit a different beach on every day of your holiday. The main advantage of Kusadasi is its constant light winds, making a day on the beach an extremely pleasant experience. It's light cooling afternoon breeze can be extremely welcome, especially in the high season. In the morning, the sea is like a millpond, with waves developing in the afternoon. The beaches are usually somewhat quieter in the spring and autumn seasons, however, they do become busier in July and August.
To the South of Kusadasi, on the way to Milli Park, one will find a sandy beach of approximately 30km split up as the Long Beach, Gold Beach, Silver Beach, Paradise Beach, Love Beach and at last the beaches of Milli Park. To reach these beach, use the Sahil Siteleri of Milli Park dolmus.
Kusadasi, located along Turkey’s West Coast, has a typical Mediterranean climate year round with mild winters and long, hot summers
For 300 days of the year, Kusadasi is bathed in sunshine and peak season temperatures average a scorching 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. The hottest months in Kusadasi are July and August with temperatures reaching up to 42 degrees Celsius. During the months of May and June, the temperature can drop at night so it’s advisable to bring some long sleeved clothes with you just in case. During the Summer, the humidity is around %40 and the average water temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.
A large percentage of the annual rainfall in Kusadasi occurs during the months of December and January, so you can be sure that whenever you go on holidays to Kusadasi, you’ll be in for some sun-filled fun! The tourism season starts towards the end of April and continues right through until October but is slowly becoming more popular during the Winter, especially at New Year which is a big celebration in Turkey.