Kirazli is a small Aegean village located 11 km away to the south east of Kusadasi. In the heart of nature; the village is surrounded by mountains and is famous for its cherry trees which gave its name to the village. Especially at the end of March and the beginning of April, the village turns into a magical place with its cherry blossoms.
2000 villagers live in Kirazli village, earning their lives from farming and animal breeding. Grape, walnut, almond, plum, linden, peach, quince are some of Mother Nature’s gifts to the village. An organic farmers market is set every Tuesday where villagers sell their products as well as homemade dried soup, jam and bread.
On an ordinary day at the village, chickens run around the streets accompanied by street dogs that are chased by village kids; men gather at the coffee house for board or card games if not plowing at the fields; women come together and sew and chit chat and cook and knit at the threshold of their houses.
On Sundays, more than 10 breakfast houses at the village host hundreds of local tourists from Kusadasi. Homemade bread, jam, cottage cheese, fresh tomatoes, free range eggs, pastries, fried vegetables and many other delicious local products are served at these breakfast houses from morning till afternoon.
Kirazli is one of the few places in the region that is hundred percent local, non-touristy and authentic and it is worth a visit!