Cruise to Kusadasi

Beach vs. culture? Why be forced to choose?

Cruising into Kusadasi on the Turkish Aegean coast, you'll already know what an increasing number of visitors from Europe are learning every summer: That the beaches here are wonderful. Step ashore and you'll learn that Kusadasi has quickly transformed from what was once a sleepy fishing village into a major tourist destination—complete with great eats and shopping.

Try some Turkish mezze—think of its as Turkish tapas—after a hard afternoon's bargaining in the bazaar. But why the big transformation? Kusadasi is the port of call for visitors to Ephesus—one of the best-preserved (and most-trudged) ancient Greek-cum-Roman cities in the world. It's so well-preserved, they still host concerts in the amphitheater. It's a must-see.