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Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island really deserves to be symbol of Kusadasi. The eye-catching view of the island, back dropped by the fantastic sunsets attract every visitor.

As the island was much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, it was named as Bird Island.

In the times of Ottomans, the name of the island was given to the town and the town was started to be called as "Kusadasi" (Bird Island). Since then, the name of the island was changed into "Pigeon Island".

The island was used for military purposes during the Ottoman Era and before, as the location of the island was strategic for securing the shores or preventing the attacks from the sea. The Byzantine castle standing on the rocks, used against pirates, is known as "Pirate Castle".

Pigeon Island, unlike its name, is now connected to the land by a mole. But, it is even an ideal place providing a wonderful opportunity for relaxation. Within the borders of the impressive castle, you may watch the charming yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy waters of Kusadasi or sit in one of the restaurants by the shore and sample fresh sea-food or other Aegean specialties with the panoramic view of Kusadasi and enjoy the unforgettable times in Kusadasi...

Pigeon Island is in the city, close to harbour and as it is on the way to "Ladies Beach", it can be reached by Ladies Beach by foot (25 minute walk) or by minibuses which run every 5 minutes.

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