Kusadasi [Bird Island] is one of the most popular holiday destinations in western Turkey. This modern cruise port has Ottoman architecture dating from the early 15th century, contrasting with its impressive marina and new Conference Centre. The recently renovated citadel, on the neighboring "Pigeon Island", dominates the skyline from the sea. Visitors will also be impressed with the Okuz Mehmet Pasa Caravanserai, which was built in the same era. The old town has many quaint alley ways and bazaars. The numerous retail outlets include Turkish carpet warehouses, and specialist jewellers, spice, and leather goods shops. There are many quality fish restaurants, mostly situated around the harbour and fish market, as well as several restaurants which serve home made [ev yemekleri] Turkish cuisine. At night the whole area comes alive, with music and dancing in the many bars and discos. Kusadasi is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year with hot summers and mild winters. There are numerous sandy beaches, which allow for safe bathing and a variety of water sports, including water-skiing, para sailing and surfing. Visitors can also explore the nearby wild life park, or take a day long sea and diving trip. There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Greek island of Samos. Whatever you decide to do during your stay in Kusadasi you will always be able to witness a romantic Aegean sunset.
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