:)We have been to Kusadasi 11 times in the last 10 years. It is a cosmoplitan place, with something for everyone. The only down side is that there are no beaches there, so you have to get on a dolmus and off you go. The best beach is silver sands, a 30 munute dolmus ride. The beach is sand, and no pebbles, the guy that runs it will give you free tea and cofee, and maybe even take you back to Kusadasi if you are lucky!
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:46
HISTORY OF KUSADASI
Kusadasi has a rich and varied history. A small settlement founded by Ionian settlers and known as Neapolis, is known to have existed at the site even in ancient times, but it was always over shadowed by its mighty neighbor Ephesus.
After the Hellenistic Period, the Romans and the Byzantines dominated Kusadasi. The town was an important commercial port and a foreign colony under Venetian and Genoese merchants in the 14th century and was called ScalaNouva (the new port) and medieval chronicles mention the presence of foreign consulates and warehouses.
The Turks preferred to live mainly inland on the foothills around Pilavtepe near the ancient settlement known as Andizkule. After a period of various Selcuk princes and Crusader knights the Ottoman Turks conquered Kusadasi in 1413. The town took its present from during the early 17th century when Okiiz Mehmet Pasha was a grand vizier of Ottoman Empire. He built the city walls, a mosque complex consisting of a mosque, an Inn and a Turkish bath.
Above, a pleasantly minimalist view of Kusadasi: Bird Island, from which the town takes its name, and a solitary cruise ship.
Allstar Grand Onder Hotel commands the most beautiful Kusadasi panorama, yacht marina, sea view and high standard accomodation, brightly furnished rooms, warm and friendly atmosphere.