Kusadasi

Kusadasi Travel Guide

Set in the Kismet Hotel, Marina's old-world service and upscale clientele reflect its regal provenance; the hotel was built by an Ottoman princess. The view from the bar of Pigeon Island and the cruise ships in the port is spectacular.

Built by Justinian in the 6th century A.D., the Basilica of St. John the Apostle and his reputed final resting place is a ruined yet spectacular edifice perched near the citadel in Selçuk. It's mostly a shell, but St. John's grave is marked with a marble slab.

Kusadasi has become a center for Turkish carpets, but quality is spotty.

Classical-history buffs should make the trip to Priene to see the ruins of the well-preserved ancient Greek city; and to the wondrous Didyma, a 120-columned temple to Apollo that is often compared to the temple of the Oracle of Delphi in Greece.

The museum houses a small but impressive collection of statues and other objects uncovered in the ruins of Ephesus. The most famous exhibits are the multi-breasted statues of the Ephesian Artemis.

The new outdoor-shopping complex carries lines from well-known Turkish womenswear and menswear labels, such as Desa leather, Silk & Cashmere, and Mavi Jeans, as well as sportswear from international designers.

Trainspotters will appreciate the 30-odd steam engines on display at this private museum, which is run by the son of the former stationmaster of Selçuk. Those less enthused by the sight of old locomotives can wander the manicured estate.

Locals flock to Bebop to sit in the garden and listen to jazz, handpicked by the charismatic owner (and Keith Richards look-alike) Kadri Balagzi, a friend of Charlie Parker and his wife, Chan.

Just outside the lower entrance of Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was once a massive, colonnaded structure honoring the patron goddess of Ephesus.