Coastal Kuşadası is a popular package-tour destination for Northern Europeans and, as the gateway to Ephesus, has become the Med's fourth-busiest cruise port. It's a place that could, and should, be better than it is, but lacking the sights and ambience of Bodrum or the size of Marmaris, it remains a distant runner-up on the Aegean coast's party scene, though the plethora of Irish pubs and discos do make an effort.
If you want nightlife, or simply like being near the sea, this is a good base, though Selçuk offers better value for money.
Kuşadası destination guides
5-Day Aegean Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale and Hierapolis
Travel along the breathtaking coastline of Turkey’s Aegean region, full of ancient Greek cities, on this tour from Istanbul. With your local guide, visit the battlefields of Gallipoli, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Troy and tour ancient ruins in Pergamum and Ephesus.
7-Day Turkey Tour from Kusadasi: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ankara, Cappadocia and Ephesus
See Turkey’s historical and cultural highlights on this incredible 7-day tour from Kusadasi to Istanbul. With a Kusadasi Airport arrival transfer and an either of Istanbul's two major airports departure transfer plus six nights’ accommodation included, this tour enables you to see the best of the country with ease.