Kusadasi on the Southern Aegean Sea coast is one of the most important tourist centres of Turkey. Tourists arrive here mainly to visit the many historical sites such as Ephesus, Priene, Miletus and Didim, as well as some of the Turkey’s best beaches. Kusadasi is a major harbour in Anatolia that leads to the Mediterranean Sea. Remains of ancient cities are still visible underwater. The name Kusadasi meaning ‘island of birds’ named after Pigeon Island in the harbour, now connected to the city by a breakwater. The fortress on Pigeon Island built in the Byzantine era, and restored in 1834 is one of the first sights you see from the ship as you approach the pier.
The route into the city from the piers are arranged so that cruise ship passengers pass through the markets where hawkers hassle you trying to sell their carpets, leather goods, watches and knick-knacks.
We were advised that passengers wanting to go on to Ephesus should be prepared for about 2 km of walking on uneven surfaces and hilly conditions. Because I had walked quite a bit in Athens and Mykonos, I decided to stay on board the Constellation in port. However Arlene along with Frank and Cathy were up to the task and when they returned a few hours later they raved about how great this shore excursion was. Here are some pictures that Arlene took at the ruins of Ephesus.