Kusadasi, with its white sand beaches, lies a stone’s throw away from the incredible excavation site of the ancient city of Ephesus and its Terraced Houses (one of the world’s largest open-air museums), the House of the Virgin Mary, beautiful Sirince Village and the thrilling metropolis of Izmir. Kusadasi is also home to a fantastic harborside bazaar where you can find some of the best bargains in the Aegean.
Ephesus is an ancient city in Turkey’s Central Aegean region, near modern-day Selçuk. Its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial port – to the spread of Christianity. Southwest of Selçuk stands the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived.