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Kuşadası Turkey

Kuşadası - Turkey Kuşadası is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydın Province. Kuşadası lies at a distance of 95 kilometers or 59 miles to the south from the region's largest metropolitan center of İzmir, and 71 kilometers or 44 miles from the provincial seat of Aydın situated inland. Its primary industry is tourism. Her neighbours are Germencik district from northeast, Söke one from southeast, Aegean Sea from west and Selçuk district from north. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dağı behind it. It is 95 kilometers or 59 miles south of İzmir, the region's largest metropolitan center. The Öküz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai is near the docks. It was built in 1618 as a strong-room for the goods of seamen. Guvercin Ada - the peninsula at the end of the bay has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbour of Kuşadası. There are public beaches at the back of the peninsula towards the open sea. The Yavansu fault line passes 7 kilometers or 4.3 miles southeast of the city of Kuşadası.

Kuşadası caters to holiday tourists arriving by land and is the port for cruise ship passengers visiting Ephesus. In a controversial deal in 2003 the previously public-owned port was leased to a private company and renovated to attract luxury cruise liners. The Grand Princess docks here, along with other cruise ships. There are beaches including the Ladies Beach, the beach at the centrum, the beaches between the Batıhan Hotel and the Nazilli Site, Guzelcamli Town Beach and the Dilek Peninsula National Park Beach. Along the marina there are vendors of ice-cream, carpets, leather and bookshops selling books in English, German, Russian and other languages. Old houses near the seafront, some of which have been converted to bars and cafes, are the remnants of old Kuşadası which has become a modern-European looking town. The hills behind are built up with big hotels and blocks of holiday villas. Some say that the building boom in the late 80s and onwards has been continued to the detriment of Kuşadası.

Kuşadası is served by Adnan Menderes International Airport between Izmir and Aydın.


Region: Aegean
Province: Aydın
Beach: Yes
Marina: Yes
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Adnan Menderes International Airport
English language website: kusadasi-information.com


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