If you’re into beautiful beaches, al fresco cafes, scenic views, and tons of opportunities to learn history and culture, then you might consider taking a cruise that includes the popular Turkish port Kusadasi. This easily walkable city is filled with archaeological ruins, historic landmarks, museums, and more. Some of the city’s unique features include a number of family-friendly water parks and traditional Turkish baths. Located on the coast of the Aegean Sea, you will also discover many beautiful beaches where you can lay out, work on your color, and splash around in the water. With many exciting attractions to see and things to do, if you book a cruise that starts in Kusadasi, you may want to consider spending additional time in Kusadasi before or after your cruise to ensure you make the most out of your time in this incredible city.
A great time to visit Kusadasi is between May and October, during which you can take advantage of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful weather.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Kusadasi. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Kusadasi, along with a brief description:
♦ Temple of Artemis
Though a bit further out from the city center, the Temple of Artemis is one of the most top-rated cultural attractions is Kusadasi. Plus, it is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the Ancient World. This Greek temple worships the mythical goddess Artemis and is located in Ephesus, the ruins of another ancient Greek city. While only a piece of the temple remains, visiting it is a great way to get a better understanding of life in ancient civilizations.
♦ Ladies Beach
Beach lovers who are spending time in Kusadasi can visit one of its most popular beaches, Ladies Beach. Its name originated during the Ottoman period when only women were allowed to bathe at this particular beach. Today, all genders can enjoy it, and since it’s frequently used by local residents, it is also a great way to authentically immerse yourself in local culture. You will also discover a nice selection of bars and restaurants nearby and since this beach has a romantic ambiance in the evening, it’s a great destination for couples or honeymooners.
♦ Kusadasi Bazaar
Another popular attraction is Kusadasi Bazaar, a market where you can browse and buy products from local artisans and vendors. You can find everything from clothing, jewelry, handbags, souvenirs, produce, and more. Plus, it’s a great place to practice your haggling skills! Not only that, but the market itself is beautifully designed and can give you a good sense of local culture. You can also find local cuisine being served here, and sometimes live music.
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