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Overview Of The Port Of Ephesus

About Ephesus
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey.

Kusadasi is the nearest port to visit Ephesus from and most visitors head here. Ephesus is the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Virgin Mary is believed to have visited there between 37 and 45 A.D. The Temple of Cybele at Artemis, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Note: the site gets very crowded and extremely hot in the summer months.

Explore Old Kusadasi, a network of narrow streets packed with bars and restaurants. You can even sample a hamam, or Turkish bath.

There are more ancient ruins to discover at Aphrodisias, which dates back to the 3rd millennium B.C. and at Priene, Miletus and Didyma.

Kadinlar Denizi (also known as Ladies Beach for its topless bathers), is the closest to Kusadasi, around 2½km south of town.

Guversin Adasi (Pigeon Island) is reachable via a causeway and topped by a small stone fort. There you can stroll through scenic woodland to a hilltop cafe offering snacks and lunch with a view.

Dilek Peninsula National Park, about 23km south of Kusadasi, has beaches, swimming, hiking, biking trails and trails through forests.

The Grand and Orient Bazaars are the main shopping areas, selling everything from traditional crafts such as copper, painted ceramics and jewellery to the usual tourist souvenirs. Turkish honey makes a good gift, there are various flavours including cam bali (pine scented), portakal (orange blossom) and cicek, which is made from flowers.

Local dishes include 'doner' (lamb/beef), 'kokorec' (skewered lamb intestines), 'kumpir' (baked potato with variety of fillings) and 'hamsi' (fish).
Cruise Terminal
Cruise ships dock in Kusadasi, the cruise port for Ephesus. The port is built on an 'arm' which stretches out into the main harbour.

The terminal is just across the street from the main part of town with shops, outdoor cafes, a seafood market and a modern mini-mall called Scala Nuova.
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