Kusadasi, or Birds’ Island in Turkish, is known as a “fisher-men’s” village.
Originally it was a quiet garden where farmers harvested thyme, sage, wild roses, figs, grapes and olives. It is today an animated village.
In the golden years of Ephesus, Kusadasi – then Neapolis – was already a holiday resort for the Ephesians.
When the Caystros river silted up, the Byzantines have chosen Neapolis as the new harbor and so “Scala Nova” became an important commercial center inhabited by Greeks, Armenians, Jewish and Italian business men till the end of WWI.
Kusadasi was already conquered by the Ottomans in 1413 and became an independent district in 1865.
Till 1954 it was bound to the province of Izmir and is today within the boundaries of the province of Aydin.
Today Kusadasi is modern village which offers nice beaches and is an ideal departure place for over 40 different possible one-day tours in the area. Just to name a few :
- Aphrodisias, Pamukkale & Laodikea
- Priene, Miletos, Didyma
- Bergama & Izmir
- Tire & Birgi
- Metropolis & Magnesia ad Menderes
- The Lake of Bafa & Herakleia, Euromos
- Bodrum , Milas & Alabranda
- The delta of Karine and the national Park of Dilek
- The Greek island of Samos ...
The port of Kusadasi is the second biggest (in number of port calls) cruise port of Turkey .