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Kusadasi, one of Turkey's principle holiday resorts, offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey- 90km south of Izmir, Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos-the principals of ancient times, and ideal for sightseers.

   Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, providing a long tourism season.The city is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year. The average air&water temperatures for Kusadasi are ;

Numerous powdery sandy beaches with warm&clear waters, providing a peaceful atmosphere, allow a great variety of water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volley are only a few choice for the lovers of active life.

After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the superb sunset. As the sun sets, the attractive cafes and restaurants through the palm-lined boulevard, get busier. It is a great delight to watch the comings and goings of the yachts and ships with accompanience of the panoramic view of the sunset, on a pre-drink before the dinner. The restaurants, serving a variety of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean specialties, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi. Dancing and entertaining at a lively bar or a disco until dawn, may end an ideal day in Kusadasi.

According to the latest datum in 1995, the number of  inhabitants in Kusadasi is about 50000. The population, consisting 99% Turks, increases rapidly with the beginning of the tourism season. The city has shown a rapid development an incredible growth since from the 1970's, with the introducing of tourism.

   The Kusadasi Setur Marina is one of the largest and best equipped marinas in Turkey with the capacity of 629 yachts both a float and on shore, visited between 2500-3000 boats each year. The marina is on the latitude of 37 52' 20''N and on the longitude of 27 15' 46''E. Custom, repair service, security are some of the 24 hour services in the marina.

   Apart from the great historical beauties around Kusadasi, the city is also preserves excellent examples of Ottoman and Turkish mosques, located in the centum. "The Fortress Mosque", built by the vizier Okuz Mehmet Pasa in the 17th century, is the most impressing and monumental mosque in Kusadasi. Constructed in the area of 1800m2, the mosque has 550 person capacity. The main part of mosque is square-planned and covered by a large leaden dome- with the supports of 12 arches. Inner part of the dome is ornamented by geometrical designs and plant motives. The entrance door exemlifies the best of wood- working of Ottoman, decorated with mother of pearl. Between the 16 stained-glass windows, are the oil paintings decorated with Ion styled columns. "The Hanim Mosque" was constructed in1658 in the name of Haji Hatice Hatun, but was destroyed in 1922. The mosque was rebuilt by the inhabitants of Kusadasi between the years of 1951-57. The foundation walls of the minaret belong to the original construction. The simply decorated mosque is surrounded by a leaden dome. "Haji Ibrahim Mosque" exemplifies a different 17 century style of Ottoman architecture. The wooden ceiling of rectangular planned mosque is covered by roof tiles. "The Turkmen Mosque" and "The Camiatik Mosque" are the other sights located inside the centre of Kusadasi, in different districts.



Ephesus, once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia , is one of the highlights of Turkey that awaits the exploring tourists. The city was established as a port on the mouth of the river Cayster and was one of the foremost cities of the world for its being on a strategic trade route in Anatolia.
   The city itself and the ruins are all on the sides of a fertile valley. The extensive ruins including the theatre, library or gymnasium create the special atmosphere of Ephesus, and appeal to every visitors.

   Ephesus has been a "center" during the date. Once a trade center of the ancient world , a religious center of the early Christianity and today, a unique tourism center proving all its perfectas to the visitors through the world.

    History: There is as yet no definite knowledge about the exact date of the foundation of Ephesus, but famous historians such as Strabon and Pausanias, agreed in the idea of that Ephesus was founded by Amazons, and inhabited by the oldest settlers of Anatolia-Lelegians and Carians, as early as 3000 BC. 

In the year of 10 BC, Androclos, the son of King of Athens-Kodros, was searching a location for establishing a site. Androclos belonged to Akhas , was running from the Dor invasion in Greece. He was leading one of the migration convoys. It was predicted by an Apollon oracle that a fish and a boar would show the location of the new settlement. Days later, parallel to the oracle’s prediction, while frying, a fish fell down from the pan, irritating a hiding boar behind the bushes. The feared boar escaped immediately. Androclos followed the boar and established the city of Ephesus, where he had killed the boar. When Androclos died in the wars with Carians, a mausoleum was built to the memory of the first king of Ephesus. The mausoleum is considered to be placed around "The Door of Magnesia".
   Ephesus was ruled by the Lydian king, Kreisos, in the mid 6BC. The city reached the "Golden Age" and became a good model to the Antic World in culture and art, as well. But the inhabitants of Ephesus moved away. Because they did not like being ruled and lived in the new Ephesus that is located around the area of Artemision. As the detailed excavations have not completed yet, apart from the Artemision, the remains of that age haven’t been revealed.

   Later, Ephesus was dominated by Persians. As Ephesians did not join the "Ionian Rebellion" against Persians, the city was saved from destruction. The rebellion resulted in the loss of Persian. Alexander the Great won Persians and the Ionian cities got their independence in the year of 334. Ephesus was in great prosperity during the times of Alexander the Great Until the arrival of Alexander the Great, Ephesus was consisted of two governing systems, democratic and oligarchic. But the oligarchic system was violated with the coming of a new ruler, and a rebellion existed in Ephesus. The Temple of Artemision was fired and destroyed by the supporters of oligarchy in 356BC. As the temple became unusable, Alexander the Great proposed for repairing. But the Ephesians delicately refused for the reason that "A God can not built a temple for a God." An Ephesian architect, Dinocrates restored the Temple of Artemision.

   After the death of Alexander the Great, Ephesus was ruled by the general of him, Lysimakhos, in 287 BC. Lysimakhos decided to change the prior location of Ephesus to further west, due to the destruction of the port by the alluviums, and the inhabitants were forced to settle in the new place named "Arsinoeina", the name of Lysimakhos’ wife. The city was surrounded by wide stone walls in 10 meters height and 9 meters length. With the death of Lysimakhos, Ephesians destroyed most of the city walls. And, "Arsinoeina" was changed into "Ephesus" again, to be forgotten eternally. 


Located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.
   The house is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.

   Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960's. Later, in the 1980's, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary's Assumption. 

   How to Go?... The House of Virgin Mary is located on top of Bulbul Mountain, approximately 27km away from Kusadasi. The house may be visited by private car or taxies, except the tours provided by the travel agencies.


   It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of Saint Paul, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church was changed into a marvelous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD).
   The monumental basilica was in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes. Its construction, being of stone and brick, is an extremely rare find amongst the architecture of its time. Raised by two steps and covered with marble, the tomb of St John was under the central dome, that was once carried by the four columns at the corners. The columns in the courtyard reveals the monograms of Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. Constructed in the 5th century AD, the baptistery is north of the nave, with its key hole shape. Rampart walls around the church were constructed for protection from the Arabian attracts in the 7th - 8th centuries AD. The impressive 10th century AD frescoes representing St John, Jesus and a Saint, ornament the chapel. With the invasion of Turks, the chapel was used as a mosque in the 14th century; unfortunately Basilica of Saint John  became unusable due to the serious earthquake in the same century.

   The excavations around the Basilica of Saint John has been continuing under the supervision of Ekrem Akurgal since 1973, with the financial supports of George B. Quatman.


The beaches in Kusadasi guarantees endless fun & unlimited sunbathing during your holiday....

1-City Beach: Located in the Centrum, the sandy beach provides a perfect environment.

2-Pigeon Island Beach: A private beach, situated on the shore of the island. Ideal for the swimmers enjoying translucent and deep waters of the Aegean.

3-Yilanciburnu Beach: A quiet beach, located on the peninsula behind Pigeon Island. It can be reached by Kadinlar Denizi (Ladies Beach) minibuses in every 5 minutes.

4-Ladies Beach:  The powdery sandy beach of Ladies Beach provides excellent entertaining within its borders. Kadinlar Denizi (Ladies Beach) minibuses departure from the city Centrum in every 5 minutes.

5-Kustur Beach: With its varied activities including water-skiing, parasailing, surfing, Kustur Beach is located on the 6th km of Selcuk road, and can be reached by Sehirici minibuses from the city center. 

6-Tusan Beach: Situated just near Kustur Beach , Tusan Beach offers  unlimited fun with the various choices of beach&water activities. The beach is located on the 7th km of Selcuk road and can be reached by Sehirici minibuses.

7-Long Beach: The long sandy beach and crystal-clear water of Long Beach are ideal for swimming, water sports and peaceful resting. The beach is 6km south of Kusadasi, -between Batihan Hotel and Nazilli Site, and can be reached by Sahil Siteleri minibuses in every 5 minutes.

8-Gold Beach: The golden sandy beach of Gold Beach is ideal spot for a holiday, located between Emekli Sandigi camp and Emektur Area. 

9-Silver Beach: Excellent clear waters of Silver Beach awaits to be explored. The beach is located around Ozlem Site and SSK Site 

10-Paradise Beach: Situated between Aykustur and Sokeliler site, Paradise Beach offers a perfect environment.

11-Love Beach: Located near Genclik Camp, the Love Beach provides visitors with a perfect opportunity to make water activities and swim in relaxing conditions.

12-Guzelcamli Town Beaches: The quiet beaches in pretty Guzelcamli offer a restful peace. National Park minibuses pass through the beaches in every 30 minutes.

13-National Park Beaches: The beaches are located 30km southwest of Kusadasi. Icmeler, Aydinlik, Kavakli and Karasu bays are the principals of the numerous secluded bays and coves in the park. Clear waters of the bays provides an opportunity to dive. Only Icmeler bay has the sandy beach. You will feel the real quietness while resting peacefully in the shades of the pines. National Park minibuses departures in every 30 minutes from Kusadasi.

Icmeler Bay Beach (+1km)
Aydinlik Bay Beach (+5km)
Kavakli Bay Beach (+8km)
Karasu Bay Beach (+10km)
Dipburun Bay Beach (+25km)



Hotel Batihan is located 6 km away from Kusadasi centrum, on an easily reached peaceful area. With its marvelious courtyard and its clear water beach, Hotel Batihan is a place where you may have an unforgettable holiday. 
   You really feel yourself at home, with quality and friendly service. While sunbathing in the green courtyard of Hotel Batihan, you may have fun with great animations. For those who prefer a secluded stretch of sand, paradise is found in Kusadasi... 
-Conference Hall
-TV Room
-Play Room
-Shops, hairdresser, laundry
-Health service
-Turkish Bath & massage
-Baby Club
-Amphitheater animations 




With the capacity of 372 beds, Hotel Batihan has elegantly furnished 180 rooms and 6 suits. All rooms have air-condition, telephone, minibar, TV and broadcasting, that best suit your needs.



Your Radio Amateur Shack in hotel's roof and also HQ ANARAD TA4KG

HF TS-430S & TS-850S
VHF TR-7800
HF Multiband dipole & 3 band 2 el.quad
VHF 8 el. beam & 5/8 mobil
UVF 8 el. beam
Pentium II & All Amateur Programes


   The nearest airport to Kusadasi, "Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport" - amongst the most qualified airports of Turkey with its capacity and facilities, is about 80 km away from Kusadasi. Including Turkish National Airlines, many accredited international airlines have regular direct and connected flights from and to international Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport . Contact addresses and phone numbers of the nearest "Turkish Airlines" offices are given below: 

*Sales Head Management
Cumhuriyet Cad. No:199-201, Kat:3, Harbiye
Tel : (212) 29-7 13 38 - 225 0S 56 (6 Lines) Fax : (212) 240 29 84 (Res.)
Tel : (212) 663 63 63
*Mustafa Kemal Pasa Cad. No : 72, Aksaray
Tel : (212) 518 68 40 - 514 00 22 
Fax : (212) 588 47 17
*Kadikoy, Recep Peker Cad. No : 27
Tel : (216) 337 18 76 - 337 18 91 
Fax : (216) 330 68 74
Tel : (212) 252 11 06 (6 Lines)
*Ataturk Airport, Yesilkoy
Tel : (212) 663 63 00
Fax : (212) 663 47 44

*Gazi Osman Pasa Bulv. No : 1/F, Buyuk Efes Oteli Alti
Tel : (232) 484 12 20 (5 Lines) - 
(Res.)425 82 80 
Fax: (232) 483 62 81
*Adnan Menderes Airport
Tel : (232) 274 24 24 - 274 28 00 
Fax : (232) 274 20 33 

   From the airport, you may reach to Kusadasi by bus from Izmir central bus station in every 30 minutes. As the airport is located outside the city, travel to bus station from the airport with luggage might be tiring. So, it is advisable to come to Kusadasi by taxi. Also, many travel agencies in Kusadasi organize reasonable transfers from and to Kusadasi.  If you do not have a transfer arranged or come by a private car, follow the Izmir-Aydin highway direction Aydin till Torbali, then follow the Selcuk road from where you turn right to Kusadasi. On the way, you will be surprised, during this one and a half-hour's trip, to discover wild landscapes, a colorful world of flowers, cotton fields (esp. in August and September).


The harbor of Kusadasi is one of the biggest port of Turkey, visited by well-known cruise companies. It is a popular stop of Mediterranean cruises. The pride of Kusadasi is that the village is being visited by the world's biggest transatlantic "Grand Princess" but also by other famous cruise ships such as the Renaissance, Stella Solaris, Queen Odessa, Star, Costa Victoria, Celebrity Cruises, etc... These ships usually sail from Venice or Piraeus. Kusadasi is accessible from the Greek island, Samos, daily from April 1st till October 31st (two-hours' journey).

   Also, Turkish Maritime Lines makes regular departures from and to Turkey. For a detailed information you may contact to Turkish maritime offices in Turkey and the representatives abroad.

Istanbul Central Office, Rihtim Cad. Karakoy
Tel : (212) 245 53 66 
(Res.) (212) 249 92 22 - 293 74 54
(Inf.) (212) 244 25 02 
Fax : (212) 251 90 25
Izmir Yeni Liman (Harbour), Alsancak
Tel : (232) 421 14 84 - 421 00 94 
Fax : (232) 421 14 81
Kusadasi Haci Feyzullah Mah. Bezirgan Sk. 52/1
Tel : (256) 614 69 22 
Fax : (256) 614 81 96
*Osterreichisches Verkehrsburo, A-1043 Wien, Friedrichstrasse 7 
Tel : (43-1) 58 80 01 45 
Fax : (43-1) 586 85 33
*Bureau Hak Boulevard J. Bertrand, 26 6000 Charleroi
Tel : (02) 217 63 82 
Fax : (02) 219 75 45
*Pacha Tours 18 rue, Godot de Mauroy 75009 Paris
Tel : (1) 40 22 04 20 
Fax : (1) 42 46 14 49
*Marseille Worms Services, Maritimes 30 Avenue Robert Schuman 13002 Marseille
Tel : (91) 14 40 40 
Fax : (91) 56 25 09
*Stuttgart RECA Handels, GmbH Und Reise Agentur Neckar Str. 37 W-7032/Sindelfingen
Tel : (49-703) 186 60 10 
Fax : (49-703) 187 65 68
*Munchen RECA, Bayerstrasse 49 D-80336 München
Tel : (49-89) 543 91 62
Great Britain 
*London Sunquest Holiday Ltd., 23 Princes Street, London WIR 7RG
Tel : (0171) 499 99 92 
Fax : (0171) 499 99 95
*Piraeus Medtrans Ltd. 2. nd. Merarchias Str. No : 11, Piraeus/18535
Tel : (30-1) 422 38 90 - 422 07 28 - 422 07 29
*Venice, Bassani S.P.A. Vio XXII Marzo 2414, 30124 Venice
Tel : (41) 520 88 19 - 522 95 44 
Fax : (41) 520 40 09
*Bassani, Corso Garibaldi, 19 72100 Brindisi
Tel : (0831) 56 86 33 
Fax : (0831) 56 86 34
*Anadolu Actief Reizen, Nieuwe Binnenweg
1 3014 ga Rotterdam
Tel : (31-10) 436 26 00 - 436 26 11 
Fax : (31-10) 436 12 40
Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus 
*Kibris Turk Denizcilik Ltd. Sti. 3. Bülent Ecevit Bulv. G. Magosa
Tel : (392) 366 57 86 
Fax : (392) 366 78 40
*Zurich RECA Schaffhauser Str. 35 CH. 8006, Zurich
Tel : (41-1) 361 00 65 
Fax : (41-1) 361 06 44
   The Marina of Kusadasi is a favorite stop for yachtsmen. With a capacity of approx. 500 depth of between 2.5 and 7 meters, it has its own customs office and is well equipped for technical support and daily weather forecast.
P.S. : Kusadasi Marina is on lat. 97*52'20"N long. 27*15'46"E. Message channels are 11th and 16th


Two popular routes reach to Kusadasi from Europe.

Northern Route: Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey. From Bulgarian border, Kusadasi is about 600 km south.
Southern Route: Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy with ferry to Turkey-Cesme. Cesme is about 150 km north of Kusadasi. Road to Kusadasi from Cesme is in very good condition. You may also take the coastal road with a spectacular scenery, as the second alternative.
Inter-City : Kusadasi has bus connections with all major cities and touristic resorts of the country. They generally offer the choice of a day or night trip and a free transfer from city center to the bus station. A very comfortable and relaxing way to discover the different landscapes of the country while heading for your next stop.


Turkey has inter rail connections with many European cities. If you are coming to Kusadasi by inter-rail, your direct route will be Istanbul - Izmir, then Izmir - Selcuk. Selcuk is 20 km away from Kusadasi. You can easily reach to Kusadasi with minibuses in every 20 minutes from Selcuk bus station. You can learn exact departure times and the frequency of those routes from the given phone numbers of Turkish National Railways (TCDD).

Haydarpasa Tel: (216) 348 80 20-21
Basmane Tel: (212) 484 53 53
Centrum Tel: (232) 892 60 06



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