Fresh-faced, mildly chaotic, and always a favorite among beach travelers to Turkey, Kusadasi is a perfect substitute for its more showy counterparts like Santorini or Ibiza. It has a cosmopolitan swagger synonymous with the southern coast of Turkey. These days, the town is becoming more than a getaway to Ephesus, luring visitors into staying with its stylish bistros and crackling clubs. What is more is a quirky density that is almost inherent in its warren-like center.
Essential to the narrative of Kusadasi is local handiwork infusing contemporary fashion with traditional patterns. Head to the main shopping area flanking the waterfront thoroughfare, and enjoy a myriad of colors and textures at the authentic bazaar. If not the goods, you will find the daily shopping hustle here eye-pleasing. Humidity and heat seem to be bolstered by the crowds roaming through the streets. So, the beach is always a good idea in Kusadasi. Kadınlar Denizi (Ladies Sea) is where the coastal scene is in full bloom.
Wait until the rackety nightlife takes over the streets at dusk. Whether in the seaside bars or the flashy dance clubs of the backstreets, Kusadasi lives up to the hype, providing beachgoers with long hours of partying. A less wild choice is to savor the glimmering coastline while enjoying local culinary delights.
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