Top 10 Incredible Places to Visit When You're in Kuşadası, Turkey

Tags: #Kusadasi ,   #Turkey ,   #Ephesus ,   #Adaland

Scarlett Goldstein

Scarlett Goldstein

Last updated:  2021-08-27 11:19:07

When it comes to Kuşadası, a town in southwest Turkey, it obviously has the best location ever since it's more than perfect for road trips around the town. The nature here is incredible, and there are some wonders you'll have to see while you're by the sea. Hence, this town will give you more opportunities than swimming. If you're a fan of exploring and enjoying the sea simultaneously, visit these 10 Kuşadası attractions when you're taking a break from nearby beaches!

10. Drive to All the Beaches You Can Visit

This is a beach that you've probably already seen since it's the most famous one

Obviously, a vacation in Kuşadası is way too boring if you're going to the same beach every day since this place offers you much more. Use everything it offers, and drive to the far beaches like Diamond or Love beach. They're the true gems of the town, and it's even very cheap to reach them!

Actually, minibusses that drive around Kuşadası cost around 50 cents, which is pretty insane and gives you the option to go to any beach you want. Read some recommendations, ask locals, and explore as much as you can. Ladies Beach is fabulous, but it's definitely not the only one!

9. All the Old, Traditional Restaurants

These five are a good recommendation, but there are even more to see!

What's a road trip to a foreign country without trying the traditional dishes? Don't miss your perfect chance to eat all the versions of kebabs: Döner, Iskender, Adana… They're all fantastic in their own ways. Don't you dare skip Pide, the Turkish version of pizza, and you'll obviously come again for their outstanding Börek.

Moreover, the Orient is well-known for its authentic sweets, and you can't find them anywhere else the way they make it in Turkey. Turkish Baklava, Lokum, and other sweet treats are unmatched, and you can taste them anywhere in town. Try all the traditional restaurants in the old borough, and you'll be obsessed! Yet, maybe skip on Khash.

8. Have a Boat Trip

As soon as you see this atmosphere, you'll want a boat trip!

You probably came to Kuşadası by bus or plane, but it would be pointless to pass through Pigeon Island and the harbor without cruising! Thanks to its fantastic location, Kuşadası has a long, massive shore, and it's surrounded by many lovely places you can reach by boat.

Many agencies offer this great opportunity that you should take because cruising is a whole different experience that's especially enjoyable in Kuşadası. Moreover, boats tend to have afternoon parties, which are more exciting than those in the clubs. Kuşadası has some cool clubs that provide great nightlife, though!

7. Pigeon Island

You'll spend a whole day mesmerized by the beauty and history of this island

Kuşadası has its own island, named Güvercinada, literally translated as Pigeon Island. It feels like a symbol of the whole town, mainly because it's authentic and you can't miss it wherever you go in the city. Of course, the other side of Pigeon Island's pride is that Kuşadası actually means "bird's island," so Pigeon Island plays a huge role here!

As the island is connected to the land by a mole, you won't need a boat to reach it. However, you'll see many boats, and hopefully have a boat trip, too! You'll also walk through a beautiful fortress formerly used for military purposes and even have the opportunity to swim on one of the mesmerizing beaches!

6. Kuşadası Bazaar

Everything you need to buy on your vacation is here!

Just like you buy some nice stuff to bring home as souvenirs wherever you go, you'll obviously wish to get something exotic from Turkey, too. Well, we have one and only recommendation – the Kuşadası Bazaar, a place that has everything you need! You might even not know that you need something from here, but the sellers will convince you to get it anyway!

In conclusion, the merchants here are wild, and everyone will ask you to see some of their products. Moreover, the best thing is that there is no price that they wouldn't lower for you. Hence, don't forget to bargain! This attraction is one of the easiest to get to since you'll usually go on foot there. Yes, it's that close to the city center!

5. Aquapark Adaland

These water slides will be enough to give you an adrenaline rush

The sea is always the best part of a vacation like this, but why wouldn't you try something as exciting as an aquapark? Today, these ways of having fun with water sports and adrenaline are more popular than ever... Well, Adaland in Kuşadası has to be one of the coolest you'll ever try in your life!

Thrill-seekers obviously won't be satisfied with the shallow waters of Ladies Beach and other beaches in Kuşadası, so they'll instead stop by Adaland's water slides and try rafting, loop slides with a free fall, jacuzzi, wave pool... Or a regular pool to rest after too much adrenaline. This is a royal aquapark that can't be missed if you're in the city!

4. The Cave of Zeus

The colors and shades in this cave look like a movie - they're unreal!

When you get to the cave of Zeus, you'll be obsessed with its water pool. The water here is fresh and cold and brings a mystery with itself. No one is 100% sure who bathed here, but since the cave is named after Zeus, this is one of the myths. 

Actually, the rumor has it that even Virgin Mary washed herself in this cave, and this could be real since the ancient city of Ephesus, where she spent her last days, is not too far away. This hidden paradise is in the Dilek Peninsula national park, which is another recommendation as a whole!

3. Dilek Peninsula National Park 

You'll even find the best beaches here

So, we already described the cave, but national parks are, in general, a tourist attraction that has to be seen if you're visiting a country. Turkey has plenty of them since its nature is untouched, and Dilek Peninsula is even blessed with a beautiful shore, so you can't miss this one!

A rare Mediterranean flora, sandy coast with the most beautiful beaches is what you'll find in Kuşadası and the whole Aydin region. Together with some endangered species, these are the reasons why this national park plays a massive role in this area's tourism. Even when you ask locals about the best beaches, they won't recommend any other than these!

2. Ancient City of Ephesus

A lot to see and a lot to learn simultaneously – only half an hour far from Kuşadası city center!

For history lovers and explorers by heart, this will be your favorite road trip while you're in Kuşadası. Visit the theater, library of Celsus, the temple of Artemis, and the Virgin Mary's house, since she supposedly spent the last years of her life in Ephesus. It won't cost you too much money, but it will give you memories for life in return!

Moreover, the good thing is that you'll reach this tourist attraction after a 30 minutes drive from the city center. Hence, it's actually near, so it makes no sense to visit Kuşadası and skip Ephesus. Even the taxi drivers can take you there, and all the agencies in the city organize the tours. A trip like this feeds your soul!

1. Pamukkale

This is indeed one of the prettiest wonders of the world you can explore

Pamukkale translates to the cotton castle, and we guess that already says a lot about its unique, mesmerizing beauty. You can't see anything comparable to this in any other place in the world! Pamukkale is 100% the only phenomenon with this natural whiteness and shape that looks like a waterfall you'd like to jump in.

Pamukkale is a town with mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white terraces. This fluid is beneficial for various body parts, so we highly recommend swimming there. You'll obviously take some gorgeous pictures for your Instagram as well, but don't forget to use the full potential of this wonder! 

Some of these attractions are more exciting than others. Still, we believe that the list offers various options, so it can fit anyone's taste. While some people love historical buildings, others would rather go shopping or eat somewhere iconic. Find what fits you the most, and use the best of your Kuşadası trip because it offers a lot!

Which part of this list inspired you the most? Would you see all of these places? Have a nice trip!

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