Kusadasi – one of Turkey’s beach resort town and a major cruise ship destination on the western Aegean coast – 90km south of Izmir – offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Kusadasi is reputed for being one of the most attractive cities of the Aegean and it is a jumping-off point as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Goddess Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Seven Sleepers, Didyma, Priene, Miletos. Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, providing a long tourism season. The city is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year.

You can find a beach for swimming even in the city center. While there is a beach right in the middle of Kusadasi the town’s most famous swimming spot is Ladies Beach. You can get there in minutes by taking a dolmus from the times when men and women did not bathe in the sea together. However, nowadays that is most certainly not the case. The long open beach, lined with palm trees, has numerous outlets providing food, drink and deserves its popularity.

Excursions such as Boat trips, Aqua parks, jeep safari, scuba diving and horse safari’s ensure a fun action packed family holiday. Those preferring a more laid back experience can relax on one of the numerous sandy beaches Kusadasi has to offer, which are host to sun-beds, umbrellas and different water-sports.

Kusadasi is a shopper’s paradise with an endless range of shops and bazaars offering excellent value in genuine fake designer goods, carpets, leather, jewelery, souvenir’s, silks and clothes. The Grand Bazaar in Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s largest shopping treasure troves and a pleasure to explore.

Cultural Tours

Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go “beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only”, as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”.

Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country’s balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.

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