Prior to our arrival in Turkey, we watched a lot of documentaries about the cities we were going to visit. The cruise documentary about Kusadasi was an older one, probably late 90s. We laughed quite a bit because the guy presenter said, quite enthusiastically, that if you need to get anywhere, you just flag down a mini bus, tell him where you’re going and he will take you there. We laughed because this idea seemed so absurd to us and couldn’t imagine this being the safe public transport option. Nonetheless, just like everything these days, we found ourselves in a surreal situation where we had to flag down said minibus to get to the beach.

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It was pretty good actually, very efficient, a little bit crowded, but another experience to add to our list.

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The day was spent on the sand and in the water at the popular ‘Ladies Beach’. By popular I mean the beach was crowded to the point we had to squeeze in-between everyone just to find a spot to sit. We are so lucky in Australia. I have been to our wide, perfectly sand covered beaches were there is always plenty of room to relax and spread out. On some occasions I have even had the entire beach to myself. This was definitely not the case in Kusadasi.

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There is plenty to do around Kusadasi, like visiting Ephesus however, we were more than happy to have a relaxing day on the beach and in the water.

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There is a smaller Bazaar in Kusadasi, but we didn’t delve further into the city centre to find it. There were still various stalls and shops leading up to the cruise terminal.

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We also had a lovely sample of Turkish dancing as we departed the cruise on our way to explore Kusadasi.