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Kusadasi is a town on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near the ancient city of Ephesus. Be sure to visit Ephesus which is known to be the commercial, religious and social center of antiquity, and one of the highlights of any visit in Turkey. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilization.

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» Adaland Aquapark

Adaland Aquapark , Turkey

Adaland Aquapark is a water park in Kusadasi, Turkey on the country's west coast. In the past it has been named one of the best water parks in the world. The park has a wide variety of water slides including a head first slide, a freefall slide, loop slides, body slides, tube slides, speedy slides, slope slides, dark tunnel slides, and the world's longest family slide with tubes for two to six people. There's also a big fountain with water shooting out of the ground set to music in an area called Rain Dance …

» Bozdag Mountain Range

Bozdag Mountain Range , Turkey

That photogenic stretch of hills providing a scenic backdrop en route to the ruins at Sardis is the Bozdag Mountain Range. Capped with snow from December to March, the mountains rise 3,157 meters (10,355 feet) above sea level and are topped with a resort lake and the ski town of Bozdag. The ski runs range from 1,530 to 2,155 meters (5,018 to 7,068 feet), and the ski resort has a chair lift and T-bar …

» Didyma

Didyma, Turkey

Modern-day sun lovers worship Didyma's golden beaches, but in classical Ionian times this was the legendary site of the Temple of Apollo. In its heyday, Didyma's famous temple was the home of the oracle of Apollo, who provided the Hellenic world with divine predictions from the gods. The sanctuary at Didyma was the most significant temple in the territory of the legendary city of Miletus, approached via the Sacred Way. It was renowned for its wealth and sacred spring, a revered site predating the era of the Greeks …

» Ephesus (Efeze)

Ephesus (Efeze) , Turkey

The ancient Greek city of Ephesus, also know as Efeze. Famed for its Temple of Artemis, it is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus's most spectacular site has to be the façade of the Library of Celsus. Constructed between 110 and 135AD, the library originally had three floors, but an earthquake destroyed the building in the 10th century. Other sites include the Theater, Basilica of St. John, the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Church of Mary, House of the Virgin, the Isabey Mosque, the Prytaneion …

» Kusadasi Cruise Port

Kusadasi Cruise Port, Turkey

Kusadasi is a resort town located on Turkey's Aegean Coast that is best known as a jumping off point for visits to Ephesus, the best preserved classical city in eastern Turkey. Just a few decades ago, it wasn't much more than a small seaside village, but the growth of the local tourism industry has brought modernization and commercialization. It is an easy walk from the cruise ship terminal to downtown Kusadasi …

» Miletus

Miletus, Turkey

The ancient Greek city of Miletus in modern-day Turkey was once an important port city. When the river's location changed, the city was eventually abandoned. The settlement at Miletus dates back to 1400 B.C.E., and the city grew to be one of Greece's wealthiest cities - thanks in large part to its position at the mouth of the Maeander River. Over the centuries, the river changed course, leaving Miletus behind. The city was later destroyed by the Persians in 499 B.C.E. …

» Priene

Priene, Turkey

The ancient Greek city of Priene is in modern-day Turkey, but its Greek roots are clearly visible in the excavations you can visit. The remains of the city of Priene we can see today date back to the 4th century B.C.E., but it's widely known among archaeologists that the original Priene settlement is much older. How much older, they can't say - those remains are likely still buried - but it's possible the original city was established before 1000 B.C.E. …

» Sardis

Sardis, Turkey

Pre-Roman ancient ruins are just a day trip from Kusadasi in the ruined city of Sardis, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia from the 7th to 6th centuries BC. For a time Sardis was renowned throughout classical antiquity as the richest city on the planet, known for its legendary supply of gold washed down from the Tumulus Mountains. The term 'rich as Croesus' refers to that gold and the last Lydian ruler, King Croesus, who is thought to have invented gold coins …

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About 13mi (20km) from Selçuk is Kusadasi, which, at first glance, is as much of a shameless tourist trap as any cruise-ship port. In summer, it becomes swollen out of all recognition with package holiday-makers from Europe …

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Kusadasi is a resort town on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near the ancient city of Ephesus, 90 km south of Izmir and a short distance across from the island of Samos. It is extremely popular as a tourist destination, both for its many beaches, and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus …

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