ephesus, turkey

Turkey: hidden paradise called Kuşadası

Hey guys! 🙂

So recently I became really nostalgic about Turkey. I was looking at some old pictures from 2012 and realised it is time to write about Turkey and my experience there! I went on a school trip there. We’ve visited Istanbul and Kuşadası. Everyone knows about Istanbul (which I will write about soon!) but not many people know about this little paradise called Kuşadası (Kusadasi, pronounced [ˈkuʃadasɯ] ).  For you lazy readers out there I will post few things you have to see/do in Kuşadası or near:

  1. Ephesus ( Library of Celses, the House of the Virgin Mary)
  2. Pamukkale
  3. night clubs

Ephesus and Pamukkale are near Kusadasi and in probably every hotel you have organized trips to those places. Ephesus is an ancient town full of old ruins and amazing things to see and Pamukkale is tourist attraction because of the white “pools” with mineral water. If you want to know more about it, continue reading! 🙂

Kuşadası: a place with best night life and cheap market’s

Kuşadası is little town on the seaside, placed on Turkey’s Aegean coast. It is know for it tourism. It’s not big but it’s beautiful. The people and the food are amazing, and it’s really cheap! I stayed at a hotel literally 5 meters away from the beach! I just had to cross the street and I was on the beach! Hotel Sözer is the name of the hotel. The food and the people working there were amazing! I definetly recommend it to everyone! The rooms were very cute and traditional. They have TV and air conditioning and big bathroom.

beach

beach

Having some fun on the beach with my friends.

Walking through the street you have many (cheap!) restaurants and stores. The place is special for sand beaches and night life! The night life there is AMAZING! They have a whole street there for night clubs, on both sides of the street. People are standing outside and they are inviting you to go in there. We got to one club where they gave us popcorn, peanuts,coctail and shirt for FREE, plus they played a song that we wanted!! Where can you find that??! They will do anything to make you go in there but they are not pushy. They have good ways to get you in there with free stuff and great coversation skills! But if you decline or go somewhere else they don’t get mad or yell, they let you go as if nothing happened because most of them are working together aswell. I have made a few friends there, with waiters and other tourists. Everyone is pretty friendly! By the end of the night we changed few different clubs because, like I’ve mentioned, they are all close to eachother.

They probably have the cheapest market there too. In istanbul, same stuff cost a bit more, but here everything is very cheap. You can find everything, from clothes, parfumes, phone accessories, jewerly….everything! The thing you have to do here is BARGAIN! You will end up paying something much more if you don’t do that. And have NO SHAME in that because these market’s are known for that! I came back home with necklases, bracelets and even some shirts. One of the coolest things I saw there in one shop was that the guy had different money from all over the world there. We got excited when we saw Croatian money! Only problem when you go shopping here is annoying people walking around and trying to sell you fake parfumes. We got one dude following us for few minutes trying to sell us parfumes. After we said no couple of times he didn’t wanna leave. These parfumes are mixed with water and DO NOT buy them! He eventually left when we said we know he doesn’t sell real stuff. But one other thing that happened, and was great, was that some random (I think) Serbian people came up to us and said to not buy anything from him because they did and saw it’s worthless. So if you will go there make sure you stay away and concentrate on market!

Ephesus and Pamukkale: most memorable things I have ever seen

Since I went there on a school trip we didn’t have to pay almost any entrances. This trip of a 6,7 days costed me around 730 USD (plus probably 100 USD for souvenirs, food, drinks and all that additional stuff), but we have visited Istanbul and Kusadasi, stayed at 3 or 4 star hotels which included food, plus went to see many archeological places, mosque’s and other things. You can see here how much are some entrances in Ephesus.

Ephesus is an ancient city. The feeling you have when you’re walking there is amazing. The thing that people from 3000 BC were once living and walking there is complitely magical. Every stone is ancient there. Every word written on those stones is ancient. Every step you make there is a step that once ancient Romans and Greeks were making. I enjoyed so much there and it’s still one of my favourite places I have ever seen. It was very hot because it was summer so make sure you wear a hat, light clothes and bottle of water if you’re planning on visit it during summer also. Without those things you won’t survive the heat, honestly.

Pamukkale is definitely something you have to see. Walking through mineral water and bathing there is stunning. Even tho a lot of people are bathing the water is clear. Eveything is white around you because of the salt, and the view is absolutely amazing!

I will leave you with pictures and small description under every picture because this post would be toooo long if I would describe every single thing there. You just have to put it on your bucket list because it really is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.

Pamukkale

Those are the only pictures I have of Pamukkale. You can see the view is amazing and people are bathing in mineral water.

Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus, build in 117 A.D.

details in Ephesus

details

Ephesus

details in Ephesus

details

Arena in Ephesus

The Stadium. First built in the Hellenistic Age

Ephesus

The story about this little square opening is that you can hear freaky noises when you put your head in there. That is because inside there is a large amount of Methane gas.

Ephesus

This is where ancient Romans were peeing and taking a shit haha. NO JOKE! They had slaves who would warm up the stone and then they would sit on it.

The House of the Virgin Mary

The House of the Virgin Mary and her statue few km away from Ephesus.

the wishing wall

The wishing wall. Many people write their wishes on a piece of paper and tied it. I can’t remember anymore what I’ve written.

The well

There is few well’s here aswell. It’s believed if you drink a bit of water your wishes will be granted (health, fertility, money…there is one well for each)

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21 thoughts on “Turkey: hidden paradise called Kuşadası

  1. Shannon M. says:

    Great post! Turkey looks amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous. I have actually never been out of the country. I am slacking a bit in that department. But I am planning on heading to the Bahamas this year and hopefully Toronto next year.

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  2. Ivanna says:

    Great post and wonderful photos. I have visited Turkey or passed through once when I was in the Air Force, you show a part I did not get to see here. I love seeing all of the historic land marks. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  3. Travelera says:

    Hi! I go every summer to Turkey and I have seen several places, I was actually planning to go to Pamukkale and Ephesus this Spring because we did not get time to see them last summer when we were in Turkey and they are in my head as a must to visit this year. There are so many places to see there so you probably go back to Turkey too 🙂
    xxx
    http://www.travelera.es

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  4. Dunja says:

    Super post, slike su ti divne! Nikad nisam bila u Turskoj, moraću da odem 😀 Meni je za sada najlepše mesto koje sam posetila Stokholm, skroz sam se zaljubila u taj grad 🙂

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  5. Arzo Travels says:

    Such beautiful pics ❤ You are right, it is a beautiful place (though I haven't been there, just in Alanya) and it is very cheap :)) Such a shame the security situation in Istanbul isn't that good at the moment 😦

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