Welcome to the Kuşadası cruise port guide. You will find Kuşadası in between the rolling hills of Turkey and clear blue sea. It represents one of the nicest areas of the country. The town is well developed, has great facilities, yet its not spoiled by the big resorts. Kuşadası is easy to explore by foot, but just be prepared: This is all about shopping. Kuşadası has quite the reputation for its Turkish carpets, custom made leather jackets and genuine fake watches. Basically the whole town is one gigantic bazaar and souvenir market. Find all kind of souvenirs and clothing shops around here. It might not always be the best quality, but the price will always make up for it. Aside from shopping Kuşadası is also the stepping stone to the world famous sights of Ephesus, Didyma and many more. Therefore we highly recommend to start in the early, cool morning to visit the historic sights and save your afternoon for shopping and refreshments in town.
Just 30 minute drive from Kuşadası you will find one of the most beautiful ruins in the western world. The Romans made Ephesus the most important harbour on the Aegean sea. Most ruins you will see at the sight date back from this time. Ephesus is gem to explore especially with all the stories behind the ruins like the prominent spot it had in the upcoming religion Christianity and the way a city like this was set up. We recommend visiting Ephesus with a shore excursion or guide to ensure you know what you are looking at when you are there. If you want to visit Ephesus independently please know the entrance fee for Ephesus is 20 Lira. This can only be paid in Lira.
The Kusadasi cruise dock and terminal is situated at a convenient part of town right in front of the city center. There is a cruise terminal together with a souvenir market where you can also find tour desks and taxis. Read the full Kusadasi cruise port guide for all the information.
When you are al the cruise terminal you can spot a hill with a big statue on it. This is the statue of Ataturk, one of the most iconic figures of Turkish history, also known as father of the nation. It is a 30 minute hike to get up to the statue. It is quite a challenge though to find the exact path going up. At the statue you will have beautiful panoramic views over Kuşadası and the bay.
Guvercin Adasi is small island in front of the city of Kuşadası. It is connected to the mainland by causeway. On the island you will find a 14th century Byzantine castle. The fortress is not always open, but even if it is closed it is still nice for a walk. Find this island about 1 km west of the port.
Whatever happened to Virgin Mary after the death of Jesus Christ? The rest of her life remains a mystery, but is believed that John took Maria to Ephesus in the year 37 where se spent the last years of her life. The house is open for visitors and it has become an important pilgrim destination. If you are planning to visit the house, make sure to bring pen, paper and an empty bottle. Attach your paper to the wall and fill your empty bottle of water from the Fountain of the Virgin. Virgin Mary’s House lies 27 km north east of Kusadasi in the same direction as Ephesus.
You will find the Grand Bazaar in the centre of town in front of the port. Find all kinds of good bargains here. Specialties would be leather, tailor made jackets and turkish carpets. Enjoy good prices, only if you bring your bargaining skills.