or Bird Island, is a lovely port built along the shores of a glittering
bay. The terraced town overlooks the most beautiful inlet of the Aegean
and seems to have been created purely for the delight of the holiday-maker.
Be sure to visit the famous and popular Kus shopping center in the Kaleiçi
quarter, where there is nightlong entertainment. A large, modern marina
facilitates life for visiting yachters. Tusan-Kustur Beach,
north of Kusadasi lies one of the cleanest beaches and 23 km south of Kuşadasi
is the charming holiday-resort town of Güzelçamli.
West of Güzelçamli and 30 km from Kusadasi, is the Dilek Peninsula
National Park, and a visit is a must for those with the time.
Here amidst incredibly beautiful surroundings are some of the most wonderful
views and some of the rarest wild animals in Turkey, including the Anatolian
cheetah and some of Turkey's last wild horses, The park is a wildlife preserve
and a haven for many species of animals and birds.
The exquisite Menderes River
valley, known in the West as the Meander, has been the cradle
of many civilisations. Set amidst pine, olive and oleander trees, the
magnificent Çamiçi (Bafa) Lake
is a lovely place to stopover. Tourists can choose between guest-houses
or campsites. To the east of the lake rise the five peaks of the Besparmak
Mountains. The Iconoclastic priests who came here to live,
from Constantinople, built monasteries, churches, and chapels around the
base of the mountains and on the lake's islands. The ruins of the ancient
city of Heraklia lie close to the lake, while
the remains of Alinda are found on the eastern slopes of the Beşparmak
Mountains. The valley has witnessed the rise and fall of several great
cities, notably Priene, Miletos,
and Hierapolis. This peaceful national reserve
is an excellent place for bird-watchers, trekkers, nature-lovers and photographers.
was one of the most active ports of the lonian Federation. The gridlike
system of streets introduced in the fourth century B.C. by Hippodamos
of Miletos is a superb and early example of town planning.
like Priene, was a great lonian port and the birthplace of several philosophers
and sages. The theatre justifies a visit, and be sure to see the well-preserved
ruins of the Faustina baths and the Archaeological Museum.
A visit to Efes
(Ephesus) - once the, commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight
of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported
its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
Her enormous temple, once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third
century B.C. The ruins also include a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths,
as well as the Library of Celsius.
A magical and spectacular natural site, unique
in the world, Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is a fairyland
of dazzling white, petrified castles. Thermal spring waters laden with
calcareous salts running off the plateau's edge have created this fantastic
formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The hot springs have been
used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Both the thermal
center with its motels and thermal pools, and the ruins of the ancient
city of Hierapolis, are situated on the plateau.