Must Do's in Kusadasi

Discover the Vibrant Charm of Kusadasi: 41 Must-Do Activities for Your Holiday.


Explore the vibrant allure of Kusadasi, a bustling resort that caters to every taste. Whether you prefer sightseeing, lounging on stunning beaches, or indulging in shopping sprees, Kusadasi promises something special for everyone. Here are 41 essential activities to enjoy during your Kusadasi getaway...

1. Visit the ancient city of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary’s House


Exploring the ruins of the magnificent ancient city of Ephesus and visiting the tranquil House of the Virgin Mary is a must-do activity during a holiday in Kusadasi.

2. Sit at the Port and watch the Cruise ships come and go

Kusadasi Port

Sip a frappuccino in Starbucks located in the shopping center of Scala Nuova and watch the cruiseships come and go.

3. Eat in a Turkish restaurant to get a true idea of the delicious Turkish cuisine

Kusadasi food

Visit Bul Bul, Avlu, Alo24 or one of the many other Turkish restaurants and eat like a local, great food & great prices.

4. Spend the day at one of Kusadasi’s many beaches

Kusadasi beach

Ladies Beach, Long Beach, Silver Sands Beach or Love Beach, each one offers different activities for a perfect day of relaxation.

5. Enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar

Kusadasi marina

Relax with a chilled Efes beer or a glass of wine on a stunning rooftop terrace while enjoying the breathtaking sunset over Kusadasi Marina.

6. Explore Pigeon Island and visit the museum

Kusadasi island

Pigeon Island, also known as Bird Island, is the symbol of Kusadasi and where the name Kusadasi (meaning Bird Island) originated from. Visit the Museum inside the old Byzantine Castle or simply sit down and enjoy the panoramic view of Kusadasi.

7. Go on a Jeep safari and explore the surrounding areas of Kusadasi

Kusadasi National Park

Spend the day exploring the mountains of the National Park or the hills behind Sirince in an off road jeep. It’s a fun, dirty day out with constant water fights between the jeeps going on, lunch is included.

8. Spend the day sliding down the water slides at an aquapark

Kusadasi aquaparks

Race down slides with names like Black Thunder and Kamikaze, join the rain dance, or simply relax and float around the Lazy River on a rubber ring. However, please refrain from supporting aquaparks that hold dolphins in captivity.

9. Visit the town of Selcuk

Kusadasi Selcuk

Selcuk, a small town 20 minutes away from Kusadasi, is is one of the most visited touristic destinations within Turkey because of it’s closeness to Ephesus. There are also other places of interest in Selcuk including The Castle, The Basilica of St John and the Isa Bey mosque. You should also try the famous (and very delicious) ‘çöp şiş’ (small chunks of grilled lamb and fat) in one of the many restaurants.

10. Spend Saturday morning at Selcuk Market

Kusadasi Selcuk Market

Selcuk Market is held every Saturday from early in the morning until late at night. Browse around the many stalls where you can pick up bargains. The Dolmus (minibus) departs from Kusadasi to Selcuk regularly.

11. Pay a visit to the old Greek Village of Sirince

Kusadasi Sirince

Located 30kms from Kusadasi, this picturesque village with small cafes and wine houses with a magnificent view over fields, orchards, vineyards and olive groves is worth a visit. Eat traditional Turkish pancakes known as ‘gozleme’ in one of the many cafes and try the fruit wines which Sirince has become famous for producing. Take the dolmus to Selcuk and then another to Sirince from the Selcuk bus station.

12. Go on a horse safari and swim with the horses

Kusadasi Horse Safari

If you’re into horses this is an excursion for you. Trek through forests and over mountains until you reach the rural beach of Pamucak where you have the chance to swim with the horses and gallop along the sandy beach.

13. Take a day trip to Izmir

Kusadasi Izmir

Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, is located 85km away from Kusadasi. It boasts palm-lined promenades teeming with bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops. Traveling around the city on old-fashioned ferries provides a delightful experience as they traverse the beautiful bay, offering glimpses of one of Turkey's most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities. Izmir hosts the International Arts Festival in June/July and the International Fair in the Alsancak district in August/September.

14. Visit The National Park for clean crystal clear beaches

Kusadasi National Park

Located 30 km (19 miles) south of Kusadasi towards Guzelcamli, you’ll find the beautifully preserved National Park, known in Turkish as the Millipark. Whether you like hiking in the mountain trails or lying on a beach relaxing, the national park is a little piece of paradise. It’s a great place to snorkel or enjoy a picnic on one of the four main beaches.

15. Take a dip in the Cave of Zeus

Kusadasi Zeus Cave

Hidden away by trees and flowers before the entrance to the National Park you’ll find the secret and mystical Cave of Zeus. It’s often one of the last stops on a jeep safari as the sparkling clear and deep mineral water inside the cave makes it a perfect place to swim. It’s very very cold during the summer and is a real welcome relief from the searing heat.

16. Enjoy a delicious meal on Ladies Beach whilst watching the beautiful sunset

Kusadasi Ladies Beach

The Ladies Beach promenade full of shops, bars and restaurants is a perfect place to end the day. One of the most popular restaurants ‘Somewhere Else’ offers great meals and a lovely seating area outside where you can eat a delicious meal and watch the Sunset over Samos.

17. Take a boat trip around the bays near Kusadasi

Kusadasi boat trip

A trip to Kusadasi isn’t complete without going on a boat trip. Discovering the nearby areas only accessible by boat makes for a wonderful day out. Stop off to swim in the crystal clear water followed by a lunch at sea which usually consists of fish, hamburgers, rice, pasta, salad and bread.

18. Visit a Hamam and have a Turkish bath

Kusadasi Turkish bath

A Turkish Bath, known as a Hamam, is an experience that should not be missed when visiting Turkey. Relax in the steam room on a heated stone table called a goebektasas while the tellak (member of staff) massages and exfoliates your skin with a coarse mitt. You should visit the hamam during the first few days of your holiday, as it prepares your skin for the sun and makes your tan last longer.

19. Go on a day trip to Pamukkale

Kusadasi Pamukkale

Pamukkale is one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in Turkey. The big attraction is a vast white cliff side with scallop-shaped basins of water and frozen waterfalls. It looks as if it’s made out of snow or cloud or balls of cotton, it really is an amazing sight. It’s a weird and wonderful experience to walk along the top of the cliff, where centuries of mineral-filled water spilling over the edge has left snowy white cascades. Take a dip in the enchanting thermal spring known as Cleopatra’s pool. With collapsed Roman columns at the bottom and surrounded by beautiful blossoming flowers, it’s a very relaxing experience.

20. Discover the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias

Kusadasi Pamukkale

The ancient city of Aphrodisias was once a small city in Caria, Asia Minor. It is located near the modern village of Geyre which is roughly 170 km from Izmir. Wander around the archaeological zone, and have a look at the theatre and the ruins of the Baths of Hadrian. A visit to the Museum which has a collection of sculptural treasures, Graeco-Roman statues and ceramics dating from Bronze Age is a must.

21. Climb to the top of Ataturk Hill for a truly spectacular view over Kusadasi

Kusadasi hill

High on the hill overlooking Pigeon Island you will notice a statue of the famous Ataturk, who was the founder of the Republic of Turkey. The views from the top are arguably the best in Kusadasi with a panoramic view over the entire bay. The road leading to the top is fairly steep, so getting a taxi is the best way to travel there.

22. Spend the day and/or night at one of Kusadasi’s Beach Clubs

Kusadasi beach clubs

Kusadasi has four main beach clubs - Eleven’s, Jade, Miracle and Elias. By day you can lounge around on the big cushions and hammocks soaking up the sun and by night as the music gets louder and the drinks start to flow you can dance until the early hours of the morning. A small entrance fee is charged, the price is usually higher at the weekends.

23. Go on a quad safari - a guaranteed fun, dirty day out

Kusadasi quad safari

Much like the jeep safari, the quad safari is for those that like an action packed day out. Take the quads along the dirt tracks before quadding to the beach for more exciting driving over the sand dunes and a dip in the sea.

24. Goto the Degirmen Restaurant

Kusadasi Degirmen

Located on the road between Kusadasi and Davutlar you’ll find the Degirmen Restaurant. Set in luscious green grounds with a large pond with lots of ducks and an Indiana Jones rope bridge, a petting zoo, a cafe, a bakery and lots of animals including horses, peacocks, donkeys, chickens, goats and even camels The Degirmen Restaurant is a favourite for families with children. Open all year round the restaurant, with it’s old Turkish decor and log fire offers, a fine menu. There is also a small cafe which serves gozleme and other Turkish snacks.

25. Step back in time in Kirazli Village

Kusadasi Kirazli

Kirazli Village, known in English as Cherry Village, is worth a visit if only to see the real, peaceful Turkey that still exists. This picturesque village which can be reached by dolmus or car, makes you feel like you’re in a different world after the hustle and bustle of Kusadasi. Kirazli is a nice place to wander around, there are some lovely restaurants serving meals from organic local produce - Kirazli is big on organic farming - where you can enjoy a slow meal and the peace. There is a weekend cherry festival in June and it’s then that the village is at it’s busiest. There are displays of traditional dancing and handicrafts and stalls everywhere selling fruit.

26. Visit a mosque

Kusadasi mosque

Visiting a mosque is a profound experience and one that will leave you feeling very calm and serene. Be sure to follow the rules such as do not aim your camera at anyone who may be praying, dress appropriately as to not disrespect worshipers and take off your shoes before entering the mosque.

27. Mingle with the Turkish people as much as you can

Kusadasi Turkish people

Turkish people welcome you to their country with open arms and warm smiles. Learn a few simple phrases in Turkish, they will not go unappreciated. The Turkish people truly go out of their way to make your holiday the best that it can be and the Turkish hospitality is often something that brings tourists back year after year.

28. Visit one of the Kusadasi Markets

Kusadasi market

In Kusadasi, there are three markets: Tuesday: Focused on fruits and vegetables. Wednesday: Known for clothes, textiles, and genuine fake designer goods. Friday: Also offers fruits and vegetables, held in the same location as the Wednesday market. The Wednesday market is the busiest and most popular, featuring stalls selling spices, souvenirs, bags, jeans, and other clothing items. Haggling is common, and if you feel the prices are too high, it's advisable to walk away.

29. The old Village of Doganbey

Kusadasi Doganbey

On the edge of the National Park, you’ll find the Old Village of Doganbey, which dates back from ancient times. The village is like an open air museum, demonstrating the most beautiful examples of Turkish and Greek architecture carrying the traces of pass civilizations. The visitor and information centre is housed in a historical building, along side a chapel and a church. The village, previously know as Domatia was populated by Greeks until the population exchange in 1923 when it became a Turkish village. Some of the buildings where restored in 2001. The site is open 8.30 - 18.00, 7 days a week and is close to Priene.

30. Shop ’til you drop

Kusadasi shipping

Kusadasi is a shoppers paradise. There are lots of tourist shops that sell souvenirs, jewelery, carpets and leather as well as markets, and shopping centers. You can find many fake brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein to name but a few. Jeans, handbags, sunglasses, belts and watches seem to be the most popular purchases and you have to haggle over the price. A tip would be to start with a ridiculously high number and gradually work your way down until you feel like you’re getting a good deal. Some shops have price tags on their goods, you don’t need to haggle in them.

31. Indulge in a traditional Turkish breakfast

Kusadasi Turkish breakfast

A typical Turkish breakfast consists of slices of beyaz peynir (white cheese), honey or jam, black olives, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, clotted water buffalo cream (kaymak), boiled eggs and piles of delicious fresh Turkish bread all accompanied by hot black tea in small tulip-shaped glasses. It’s a great way to set you up for the day. The most popular places to eat a Turkish breakfast is in the village of Sirince or the Hanimaga restaurant on the way to Kirazli Village.

32. Try the Orient bar in the old town always a top night out

Kusadasi bar

Tucked away in the heart of Kaleici, the old part of Kusadasi, you’ll find The Orient Bar. With live music, grape vines hanging from the ceilings and old Turkish instruments and pictures on the walls you get a true feel of a Turkish tavern.

33. Go white water rafting at a water park

Kusadasi water rafting

There are a few water parks in Kusadasi, and white water rafting is a must-do activity if you visit the area.

34. Visit a Turkish hairdressers

Kusadasi hairdressers

Turkish women, influenced by generations of harem traditions, prioritize self-care, often visiting their hairdressers weekly. They utilize techniques like heated sugar and white linen strip waxing for hair removal and rely on simple methods for achieving the perfect eyebrow shape.

Men's grooming in Turkey involves a memorable trip to the barber. A traditional shave with a disposable blade is followed by rinsing, cologne application, cream massage, and powder dusting. Barbers also use unique methods like burning unwanted hair with a small, lit poker and tweezing stubborn stray hairs. Overall, it's an unforgettable experience and likely the best shave you'll ever have.

35. Enjoy an evening out at the Turkish Night

Kusadasi Turkish night

The Turkish Night, held in the beautiful old Caravanserai every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, is a night out you won’t forget. With traditional Turkish music, folk dancing and belly dancing it makes for a great evening of traditional Turkish entertainment. Beers and wine are included in the ticket price and you can watch the show whilst dining from a delicious buffet.

36. Do a tandem sky dive at Selçuk and see the wonders of Ephesus from the air

Kusadasi Selcuk Ephesus

The Ephesus airport in Selcuk gives holiday makers the chance to Sky Dive, parachute, go on airplane tours or take to the air with a microlight flying session. If you’re an adrenaline junkie then this is for you, with wonderful birds eye views over Ephesus, the port, the beaches and the rest of Kusadasi this will make an unforgettable holiday memory. Customized routes are available.

37. Explore recently constructed beach clubs

Kusadasi beach clubs

Embark on an exploration of the newest beach clubs in Kusadasi, offering an unparalleled beachside experience for visitors seeking relaxation and entertainment. These recently constructed clubs boast stunning seaside locations, complete with pristine sandy shores and azure waters, creating the perfect setting for a day of sun-soaked bliss. From luxurious loungers and cabanas to vibrant beach bars and restaurants, these clubs offer everything you need for a memorable day by the sea.

38. Avoid visiting water parks that hold dolphins in captivity

Kusadasi Adaland

Avoiding dolphin parks is recommended due to concerns about animal welfare and ethical considerations. Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals that may suffer in captivity, as they are often confined to small enclosures, deprived of natural behaviors, and subjected to stress from interactions with humans and other animals.

39. Davutlar Thermal Baths

Kusadasi Davutlar

Enjoy a relaxing day at one of Davutlars thermal resorts - the Natur Med Hotel and Radon Thermal. The Natur Med has a mineral content of 5 grams per litre and a temperature of 41ºC and Radon Thermal has a mineral content of over 6 grams per litre and a temperature of 42ºC. Because they contain so many natural minerals - Turkey’s thermal baths are known to have healing properties and therapeutic effects.

40. Scuba Diving

Kusadasi Scuba Diving

Discover the underwater world of Kusadasi on a scuba diving adventure. There are three main locations for diving in Kusadasi bay - the shore dive, Barabaros Reef and Adabanko Reef. There are many Diving centers in Kusadasi, the most popular being Aqua Venture, where various scuba diving programmes and certificates are available. Uncertified divers will always be with a qualified and experienced diver so if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, now’s your chance.

41. Soke Shopping Outlets

Kusadasi Söke

Soke factory outlet shops are located approximately 40 minutes from Kusadasi, along the main road on the way to Bodrum. There are 4 outlets next to each other where you will find a range of stores including Quiksilver, Adidas, Nike, Benetton, Billabong, Levis and Toys R Us. The outlets can be reached by dolmus from Kusadasi to Soke.

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