wonderful city, full of sun,cats, mandarins and historical surroundings.
Kusadasi, which means “bird island”, is set in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and lots of friendly cats). I visited this small and cozy city on my way to Ephesus, it was in the beginning of December and the city was calm and really beautiful and even seemed a bit empty. The receptionist at the hotel told us that local population counts around 50 000 people, but during summer time the city’s population comes up to 500 000 people!! So I thought we got very lucky by choosing the beginning of December to come) The streets were full with mandarin and lemon trees: deep green leaves and bright orange and yellow fruit! Wow! That was a fantastic view!
You should definitely visit the tiny Güvercin Adasi (Pigeon Island), which is connected, to the mainland with a causeway. Its romantic setting includes a well-maintained flower garden, which surrounds the restored 14th or 15th century fortress housing a restaurant and disco.
One more place to see in this city has no name; we found it by an accident on the way to the city. It was a small house – some kind of a workroom or a studio of a sculptor, it was closed, so I do not know the name of artist (the yard around the house was full with his/her works! it was amazing and crazy!! Giant eagle, dolphins, mermaids, monkeys and lots of others, well you’ll see in the gallery)
If you’ll be traveling from Kusadasi to Ephesus or the other way round – you’ll see this place for sure! It stands right on the roadway on the border of the city (Kusadasi).
Please do not miss the most beautiful ancient city I’ve ever seen – Ephesus! The history of Ephesus goes back to 3000 BC. You walk the same path of the Romans on their way to the shop or to take a bath. I was overwhelmed by the many different elements of Ancient Greek and Roman culture. A considerable amount of restoration has been done to recreate the city (and so much more needs be done). What distinguishes Ephesus from any other set of ancient ruins in the western world is the completeness of its layout.Temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area, which has over the centuries turned into a swamp. Today you can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns capitals and shafts. The statue of many-breasted Artemision was the symbol of the temple but also of abundance, hunting and wild life.
You can also visit one of local potteries and try to make a pot. It’s really fun! There you can also buy beautiful plates, hand made and beautifully decorated.
After visiting Ephesus, its museum and the Temple of Artemis you can move on to Greek island Samos by regular daily ferries. Which we didn’t do, cause we didn’t have a visa (silly rules).