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Kusadasi Castle Tours

Kusadasi Castle
Built and extended between the 14th and 18th centuries, picturesque Kusadasi Castle sits on Pigeon Island (Guvercin Adasa), an islet connected to Kusadasi via a causeway. Originally constructed as a military base, the fortress is composed of outer walls that enclose its gardens and an inner castle with a tiny museum.

The Basics
One of Kusadasi’s most popular attractions, Kusadasi Castle is dubbed the “Pirate Castle” for being originally constructed to protect Kusadasi’s harbor from piratical and other sea attacks. Now home to a handful of maritime exhibits, the castle draws sightseers who come to explore its battlements and gardens, discover its history, and absorb its panoramas over Kusadasi bay.

Visitors can explore the castle freely during its opening hours simply by walking along the causeway. Alternatively, many opt to see it as part of a tour or cruise. Several daylong boat trips from Kusadasi call at Pigeon Island—or offer close-up views from the water—while many 4WD tours include a quick stop. Some multi-day tours of Turkey that cover Kusadasi also include a castle visit.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kusadasi Castle is a must for history, archaeology, and maritime enthusiasts.
  • Several steep stairways make access difficult for wheelchair users and visitors with strollers.
  • A café and restrooms are located on the grounds.
  • There’s no admission fee to pay.
 
How to Get There

The easiest way to visit Kusadasi Castle independently is on foot, via a scenic 15-minute walk along the causeway—its entrance can be found on Guvercin Adasi Cd near Kusadasi’s New Port. Cabs and dolmus minibuses will run you there—aim for the No. 5 dolmus, as it stops right outside. Otherwise, choose a tour that includes a castle stop.

When to Get There
Kusadasi Castle opens daily year-round, from 9am–11pm May–September and 9am–9pm October–April. As one of Kusadasi’s main draws, it can get fairly busy in summer, especially in July and August, when arriving early is the best way to enjoy it at its quietest and coolest. Be aware that during the summer, occasional evening discos are held on the grounds.
 
What to Do and See at Kusadasi Castle

Visitors can head into the castle’s small museum to view its historical models of ships and prize exhibit—the skeleton of a 47.5-foot (14.5-meter) fin whale. Other pleasures include strolling the palm-shaded gardens, which are dotted with information boards on the castle and local flora and fauna; climbing to the battlements; and simply soaking in the sweeping views of Kusadasi over drinks and meze dishes at the café.
Address: Dağ, Şöförler Sk, Kuşadası/Aydın 09400, Turkey
Admission: Free
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Kusadasi Jeep Safari

Kusadasi Jeep Safari

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Experience a hidden side of Turkish nature and history on an exciting 7-hour Jeep safari. Round trip transportation from your Kusadasi hotel or port takes you to Davutlar.  Buckle up and begin the action packed ascent up Samson Mountain. Along the way, you may encounter wild horses, turtles, and snakes. After a visit to an ancient monastery, enjoy a complimentary lunch.  Relax or swim at Sevgi Beach, before your return.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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Daily Kusadasi Boat Trip

Daily Kusadasi Boat Trip

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Enjoy an up-close experience of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast when you sign up for this full-day sailing tour. Following shuttle pickup directly from your Kusadasi hotel, travel to the port and climb aboard. You’ll spend the day trawling the vivid waters, will stop in three different bays for swimming and snorkeling, will enjoy a traditional Turkish buffet lunch, and otherwise soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.00
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Private Ephesus Shore Excursion From Kusadasi Cruise Port

Private Ephesus Shore Excursion From Kusadasi Cruise Port

Kuşadası is known for its historic landmarks and attractions, but exploring with a crowd can be restrictive. Explore at your own pace and skip long lines on a private tour of Ephesus and beyond, benefiting from the undivided attention of your guide. Opt to explore ancient sites, be immersed in culture with a cookery class or hammam bath, or keep the family entertained at a waterpark on a fully customizable excursion.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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Boat trip with lunch around Kusadasi peninsula

Boat trip with lunch around Kusadasi peninsula

Spend a day out on a blue cruise around Kusadasi. Take a look of the castle and Birds Island from your double deck boat.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.76
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Discover the town of Kusadasi on a private walking tour

Discover the town of Kusadasi on a private walking tour

Kusadasi is one of the Turkish Mediterranean's most popular cruise ship ports, and this city is not only about sun and sea. It is also a great historical character and history. We offer you to take a full-day guided tour to see all treasures of this place.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$534.00
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