Kusadasi harbour is one aspect of the town that has remained true to its roots as a small village despite the growing popularity of the town as a cruise-ship destination. A lot of people miss out on this part of the town because it is distanced from the main center.
Some prefer the private marina where luxury boats dock in and restaurants charge a fortune for fine dining. Alternatively, the place for locals to hang out is the new harbour section, where brand name shops and modern coffee cafes, sit beside the promenade where some of the world’s largest cruise ships dock in.
However all it takes is a short ten minute walk and you will find yourself at the old harbour section which is great for people watching. Boats will be untying their anchors and taking tourists out to the high seas for the day. Fisherman will be dotted along the pathways trying to catch a bigger fish than the man next to them.
Photographers will appear with their long lens posh cameras, eager to capture that one picture that makes everyone go wow. Locals will be heading to Bird Island to relax, have a picnic and take in the views.
Bird Island is at the end of the harbour and it is where I took this picture from. On the island is an old castle that has been kept in good nick and wonderful pretty gardens that you can take a slow romantic stroll through. If you didn’t know, most places in Turkey have a literal translation and on this occasion Kusadasi translates into Bird Island.
Note : This article is a photo post and Kusadasi harbour is only a small section of the town. There is lots more to see and do and you can read the full article here.