Surrounded by cherry and almond orchards, vineyards and olive groves, Kirazli sits in a valley at the base of the pine clad mountains of the National Park. The year still revolves around the harvest culminating in June with the cherry festival.
The bustling centre of Kusadasi is on the coast, about 15 minutes away and provides all the amenities of a modern tourist centre: beaches, water parks, boats for hire, markets, fish market, restaurants and the bazaar.
To the south is the large National Park with pristine beaches and in this unspoilt paradise are many species of birds and even wild boar and leopard. Inland, the beautiful Meander Valley extends towards the travetine deposits of Pammukkalle.
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Less than 15 minutes away are the ruins of Ephesus. Here too are the scant remains of the great temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At nearby Selcuk are the remains of an aquaduct, the early Byzantine Basilica of St John and an excellent museum.
On a pine shaded hillside above Ephesus, is a small Byzantine church, which according to tradition was the site of the final home of Mary the mother of Jesus.
About 30km to the south, are the lovely ruins of Priene, dominated by the beautiful temple of Athena. A little to the south (15kms) are the remains of Miletos, whose theatre held 25,000 people. Beyond that, at Didyma, is the great oracular temple of Apollo.
Half an hour to the east of Kirazli lie the ruins of Magnesia on the Meander and there are many other sites such as Tralles and Nysa. It is only a day trip to Aphrodisias and Hierapolis (Pammukkale).
Ancient Sites near hotel
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We have access to excellent guides but don't expect to book them at short notice as they are in high demand. Just let us know your needs and interest level, and we can advise you by email before you arrive.
We recommend hiring a car, as this allows the most efficient use of your time when visiting the sites. However, if you don't, there are local buses and taxis that can be arranged.
We can arrange for a car service service to or from our hotel from anywhere at any time - including airports. Transfer time from Izmir Airport is around 50 minutes. The driver will meet and greet you in the arrivals hall but this must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. In the case of local short transfers, where our hotel car is used, we charge a small nominal cost.
There are buses from Izmir (1hr) to Selcuk which carry on to Kusadasi (15min). There are regular Dolmus services (from the Otogar) between Selcuk, Kusadasi and Aydin to Kirazli and from the south via Soke. TIP: If you fly ATLAS JET from Istanbul there is a FREE Shuttle Bus to Selcuk and Kusadasi.
A train runs from IZMIR & IZMIR AIRPORT to AYDIN via Selcuk and ÇAMLIK and is very convenient if your flight timings fit in with the few (8) trains a day. Journey time is about 60 mins and we can arrange pickup at ÇAMLIK at any time as this only takes 20 minutes. (ÇAMLIK the closest station to our Hotel. During the day, a regular Dolmus bus operates from ÇAMLIK to Kirazli Village and on to Kusadasi)
For 2015 Trains run daily:
FROM IZMIR AIRPORT TO CAMLIK:
08.06 - 9.21 - 11.45 - 13.51 - 16.02 - 16.54 - 18.37 - 19.30.
FROM CAMLIK TO IZMIR AIRPORT:
06.34 - 07.09 - 08.40 - 11.15 - 15.40 - 17.44 - 19.14 - 20.30
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Ferries operate from Samos(Greece) to Kusadasi or Chios(Greece) to Cesme.