) is Turkey's most bloated resort, a brash coastal playground which extends along several kilometres of seafront. In just three decades its population has swelled from 6000 to around 50,000, though far fewer stay year-round. The town is many people's introduction to the country: efficient ferry services link it with the Greek islands of SEmos and MAşkonos, plus the resort is an obligatory port of call for Aegean cruise ships, which disgorge vast numbers in summer - who delight the local souvenir merchants after a visit to the ruins of Ephesus just inland.
Liman Caddesi runs from the ferry port up to
, the main harbour esplanade, from which pedestrianized
Barbaros Hayrettin Bulvari
ascends the hill. To the left of here, the
district, huddled inside the town walls, is the old and most appealing part of town, with a namesake mosque and some fine traditional houses. Kusadasi's most famous
(Ladies' Beach), around 3km southwest of town, is a popular strand, usually too crowded for its own good in season.
, closer to the centre, is mostly landscaped terraces, dotted with tea gardens and snack bars, but the swimming is rocky. For the closest decent sand, head 500m further south to the small beach north of
, or 7km north of town to
beach; both are served by all Kusadasi-SelAžuk
, as well as more frequent ones labelled
. Much the best beach in the area is
, at the mouth of the KEcEk Menderes River 15km north, an exposed, 4km stretch of sand that is as yet little developed; it's served by regular
from both Kusadasi and SelAžuk in season.