This particular peninsula where both cities are located has been a center of art and culture since some of the earliest recorded histories and have been settled by many civilizations since being founded by pre-hellenic people in 3000 BC.
Kusadasi, a resort town located on the western Aegean coast of Turkey, is known for its tourism. Once a settlement of Alexander the Great, Kusadasi was known as Ephesus Neopolis. Kusadasi was adopted as the name by the 20th century under Turkish rule and is recognized by the locals as "Ada." For historical and religious research, this is an important place to visit as it was rumored to be the place which St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary lived in the final years of their lives. Come to Kusadasi for beachside resorts, traditional shopping, restaurants, cafes and many opportunities to take part in the Turkish culture. This city is a port of call for many cruises, if you want to visit a Greek island, take the ferry across to the island of Samos. Hop on a bus or rent a car to take you to Izmir only a short drive away.
Izmir is the third metropolitan city in Turkey and is home to the largest port after Istanbul. A town full of life with many universities, and a bustling commercial center all set around a large bay closed in by mountains. Visit the main square famous for its Clock Tower, or see the Mosque and Shopping Bazaar located in the same main square. For a cultural experience, stop in the Alsancak, a street with bars in old Ottoman style houses where you can enjoy a Turkish Tea, Beer, or try out the Hookah (water-pipe).
These locations are visited year-round.
The best time to visit Kusadasi & Izmir:
March Through October
Kusadasi & Izmir
- Visit Priene Ionian City
- Discover Ancient ruins of Miletos
- See th Ruins Temple of Apollo of Didyma
- An Excellent Experience for Archaeology Lovers
- Visit Ancient Sites like the House of the Virgin Mary
- Explore the Majestic Ancient City of Ephesus
- Visit Pamukkale
- Explore the Thermal Spring Waters
- Visit the Ancient City of Hierapolis
- Visit Pergamon Acropolis
- Explore the Temple of Trajan
- Discover Asclepion