Kusadasi has a residential population of 100,000 rising to over a million during the summer when the big resorts and holiday houses fill with local and international tourists.
Having one of the biggest cruise ports of Turkey, the city also welcomes thousands of ship passengers heading to Ephesus.
This modern and European looking town at first sight, has old classical Turkish houses inside its medieval city walls and some of them are converted to bars, cafes and shops that give the city a colorful vibe. The hills behind the city center are built up with hotels and residential apartments.
Places of interest
* The city walls - Only one of the three gates still remains.
* Kaleici Camii - mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Okuz Mehmed Pasha.
* Okuz Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai. Opposite the main harbor; It was built in 1618 and used as customshouse.
* Pigeon Island - the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a small fortress and a public beach with a restaurant run by the municipality with a view of the bay of Kusadasi. There is also one public beach at the back of the peninsula, on the open sea side.
* Kirazli Village - traditional Turkish village 12km from Kusadasi reached by a scenic drive of the countryside. It is popular among the locals for its nature and the cool breezes during the hot summer months as well as several traditional breakfast houses.
* Yilanci Burnu - a second peninsula beyond Pigeon Island. Possibly the location of the original settlement of Neopolis. Some walls are visible. Private beach clubs and public beaches are here.
* Pygale - 3km north, the small point behind Hotel Pigale. Still to be excavated.
* Waterparks : Several aqua-parks with wave-pools, white-water slides and Dolphin Shows are located near the town.
* Ladies Beach – One of the districts of Kusadasi to the south end of the city with a long sandy public beach and cafes and restaurants by the coast line. The name comes from the land once given to daughters as estate by her family for its less valuable soil not suitable for farming.
* Kadikalesi – Remains of a Venetian/Byzantine castle, 10km along the Kusadasi-Davutlar road.
* Panionium - 25 km (16 mi) south of Kusadasi, on the Davutlar-Guzelcamli road. Once the central meeting place of the Ionian League. The ruins are in poor condition and their authenticity is disputed. (See Panionium).
* Dilek Peninsula National Park. South of Kusadasi vşa Long Beach and Guzelcamli. A protected natural beauty with several beaches and wonderful nature.