Kusadasi, located on Turkey’s Aegean coast is becoming an increasingly popular destination for cruise ships. If your cruise ship stops in Kusadasi then there are a number of great places you can visit and things you can do within the town and the surrounding areas.

My favourite thing to do when visiting Kusadasi is to explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Ephesus dates back thousands of years and was first a major Greek city, then it became a Roman one.

It’s position on the west coast of Asia Minor meant that it became and important and influential port city and had a population of 250,000 in the first century BC. Today you can walk through the ruins of the city which are constantly being restored and more parts being excavated.

The Celsus Library

The main marble street in Ephesus leads to the Celsus Library, an impressive and imposing building with marble pillars and brilliant stone work.

The street was lined with shops and houses, all of which are impressive and atmospheric. It’s the type of place where you can shut your eyes and imagine exactly how it would have looked thousands of years ago. History seems to seep out of every available pore of the site. The Roman style amphitheatre which sits at the edge of the city held around 44,000 and is still used for certain concerts and shows to this day.

Near to Ephesus is the House of the Virgin Mary, an area in the hills where Jesus’ mother is reputed to have lived for a period of time. There is no concrete evidence that she did in-fact spend any time here, and for this reason the Catholic church has never officially pronounced it.

House of the Virgin Mary

However, the House of the Virgin Mary attracts a large number of visitors every day who want to experience the place for themselves. The shrine itself is merely a small chapel through which you can walk in just a few moments.

Kusadasi itself is a great town in which to shop and buy gifts for those at home. There are also a number of Turkish baths in the city and if you wish a more traditional experience try to visit one that is in a quieter, less touristic party of the city. Here, a Turkish bath experience will not only be more authentic, but less expensive.

Whatever your tastes and interests there is sure to be something in Kusadasi and the surrounds that will appeal to you.

Thanks Emma