Kusadasi is a unique touristic township along Turkey’s Aegean coastline, where the neighborhood population expands ten-fold during summer time months. The present day, European style resort town of 50,000 is heavily reliant upon the touristic trade generated from cruise ships. Arriving to the neighborhood port, cruise ships assist with the growth of the neighborhood population to around 500,000 every summer.
Included in the population growth are Turkish employees who head to town every year for the extensive number of employment in the service sector. Located between another popular resort town of Bodrum to the south and the large city of Izmir to the north, Kusadasi is a favoured destination for most holiday makers visiting Turkey.
The picturesque town features a sensational turquoise bay in front, backed by the Kaz Dagi Mountain behind. Exceptionally well attached to the surrounding main towns and the remainder of Turkey, Kusadasi could be accessed by either the Izmir or Bodrum international airports. Additionally, there are daily ferry services from the Kusadasi port to the nearby Greek Island of Samos.
Being a predominantly touristic area town caters to a big number of foreign residents, with many arriving from Northern Europe. Having developed from a rural village, town started to convert to a touristic centre in the 70s, originally catering for domestic Turkish holiday makers. In the 80s Kusadasi started to attract foreign visitors and developed further to attract the mass touristic market.
Reforms on the port area to cater for cruise liners dramatically changed town right into a major resort centre. The Kusadasi port has been the centre of town throughout its history, acting as both a significant and minor stopping point across the Aegean coast. Originally founded in 3,000BC, the port area has seen many changes over its lifetime. During the truly amazing civilisations of the ancient world, once the east and west were joined by the travelling merchants to the Orient, town thrived as your final port across the Caravan Routes. Later in its history during the Middle Ages, Kusadasi became a preferred refuge for pirates operating the surrounding seas.
Kusadasi’s history of pirates is retained through the town’s most prominent landmark, a turreted fortress used as a foundation by the pirate Barbarossa found on a tiny island just off the harbour. Other significant historical landmarks in and near town of Kusadasi are the ancient city of Ephesus, the Artemis Temple, the Apollon temple, the Basilica of St. Jean, the Seven Sleepers, the House of the Virgin Mary and the Caravanserai, amongst some other landmarks of historical significance.
Today Kusadasi continues to evolve, catering to the demands of tourists and real-estate investors. Ample sailing and water sport opportunities are available for the enthusiast, while several golf courses are in the act of construction to offer further options to today’s golf clubs of the surrounding areas. The lively town provides an abundance of restaurants, beach clubs, hotels and bars, while retaining its tradition of survival from the strategic location of its port.