Why choose a cruise to Kusadasi?

Kusadasi is a thriving resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Thousands of holidaymakers flock to its shores for the heady combination of beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife. There are lots of activities on offer here, from visiting a traditional hamman to taking scuba-diving lessons.

Make the most of your Kusadasi cruise by exploring the countryside around the town. The nearby Dilek Peninsula National Park is a haven of forests and beaches, while unspoilt Turkish villages nestle among the mountains surrounding Kusadasi.

Village in the hills near Kusadasi

A guide to Kusadasi’s hotspots

Spend a few hours checking out the town of Kusadasi. Explore the picturesque cobbled streets of the old town, making sure to check out the bustling stalls at Kusadasi Bazaar. The marina area comes alive at sunset. Rub shoulders with tourists and locals as you saunter along the palm tree-lined promenade, or find a local restaurant where you can enjoy some fresh seafood with ocean views.

Right next to the harbour, a causeway extends out into the ocean and stops at Pigeon Island. This small island houses a crumbling Byzantine fortress which offers panoramic views of Kusadasi, as well as several restaurants. With the peace and quiet it affords, it makes for a great romantic excursion.

Pigeon Island Kusadasi

A lot of people take a Kusadasi cruise to visit the nearby archaeological site of Ephesus. This once-great ancient city is now a series of atmospheric ruins perched in the hills. A highlight is the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, destroyed and rebuilt seven times.

Kusadasi gets hot during the summer months, so a refreshing dip in the ocean is a must. Kusadasi boasts numerous beaches. Long Beach is situated right next to the harbour, but the pristine sands of nearby Paradise Beach and Love Beach are more alluring. To truly escape the crowds, head to Dilek Peninsula National Park below Kusadasi, where you’ll find secluded pebble beaches with crystalline waters, encircled by forest.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Kusadasi

Marella Cruises

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Regent Seven Seas Cruises


The best time to visit Kusadasi

Beach at Kusadasi

A Kusadasi cruise is all about sun, sea and sand, especially if you visit during the months of July and August, when temperatures can reach up to 32°C, and average 28°C.

If this is too hot for you, why not consider visiting during May, September or October. With temperatures ranging from 20°C-27°C, you’ll still be able to chill on the beach, but minus the crowds. These cooler temperatures make sightseeing easier too.

Did you know?

  • In Kusadasi, there are restaurants where you can order kebabs by the metre (including Hasan Kolcuoğlu Kebap)
  • Near Kusadasi is the house where Mary, mother of Jesus, is believed to have spent her last days
  • Kusadasi translates as ‘bird island’