Kusadasi (Ephesus) / Turkey
Kusadasi (50,000 inhabitants) is located opposite on the west coast of Anatolia, the Greek island of Samos. The city sees stands is in the tradition of a thousand years of regional history.
Where the two rivers strive towards the sea, right in the middle is Kusadasi, the former Scala Nuova. Today Kusadasi is one of Turkey's main tourist centers. It is a place that impressively combines in harmony the peculiarities of the East and the West. In ancient times here was the city Neapolis, which was dominated by the powerful city of Ephesus.
The main attractions, real cultural and historical toffees, lie in the surrounding area, the impressive ruins of Ephesus are only a short distance away, the archaeological sites of Priene, Miletus and Didyma will be explored during a day trip. Kusadasi itself, however, has no significant attractions. Central landmark is the old caravanserai at the harbor built in the 17th century by the grand vizier Mehmet Pasha Öküz . Today it houses a hotel.The Pigeon Island (Güvercin Ada) visible from afar which gave its name to Kusadasi (Engl "Bird Island") can be reached via a dam on foot. In and on the remains of the local Genoese-Ottoman castle there are a few cafes, nice places for a leisure sunset.