Kusadasi is a beach resort on the Aegean coast and the new cruise port has a small shopping centre with a duty free which you can only use on you way back to the ship. The port is in down town Kusadasi and it is about a 5 minute walk into the main area with shops and great  and the beaches are beyond. So, an easy port to explore. ‘Kus’ means bird, ‘ada’ means island and the island of Güvercin Ada is also known as Pigeon Island. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway with sun beds on one side and boats for  tours moored on the other side. The small island is a castle like walled structure.DORIS VISITS EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MENU OF PORT GUIDES

This coast line offers a number of old settlements like Neopolis, but this area dates back to 3000 BC. The nearest being the extraordinary remains at Ephesus, the Mediterranean’s best-preserved classical city. If not on a tour you can hire a huge American car (left by former servicemen). These have been turned into cabs by the locals. Leave the port of Kusadasi and head up into the hills. First stop will be the house of the Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last days with John the Apostle. It is recognised by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage and there is a small chapel built on the foundations. From here carry on to the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus for what now becomes a walking tour. Enter the magnificent Ancient City at the Magnesia Gate. The ruins of Ephesus include an array of temples, agoras, porticoes, fountains, the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre. Also the 2nd century tomb. St John is said to have lived here with the Virgin Mary after being cast out of Jerusalem in 37 to 42AD. Legend has it he’s also buried here. St. Johns Basilica was once topped with eleven domes and rivalled Istanbuls St. Sophia Basilica in scale. The church ruins still have frescoes, mosaics and columns that attest to the glory that once marked this holy place.DORIS VISITS WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN MENU OF PORT GUIDES

The hillside is famous for pretty villages of cobblestone lanes, souvenirs, homemade wines and Gözleme – griddle bread with various fillings and local crafts which you should try to see before returning to the ship.

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