Sunway Holidays will put on services from May 23rd to September 19th, carrying up to 6,000 additional passengers through Shannon to the sun-kissed city on the western tip of Anatolia this summer.
The new charter will serve the resort of Kusadasi, which is one of the largest and best known of the Aegean Sea holiday resorts in Turkey and has been the most popular resort for Irish tourists for many years.
Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development at Shannon, stated “There continues to be a very strong demand from this region and the West of Ireland for sun holidays and we are delighted that Sunway has decided to become part of this very successful and growing market from Shannon Airport. “
Commentating on this new service from Shannon, Tanya Airey, Managing Director of Sunway Holidays “There are a number of very good beaches in Kusadasi, the two most popular being Ladies Beach and Long Beach. Many of Sunway’s featured properties are within walking distance of Ladies Beach. A gently shelving sandy beach with water sports, several cafes, restaurants and shops across the road from the beach. Long Beach is easily accessible by Dolmus (frequent local minibus service) from the resort centre. Long Beach is also home to Aqua Center, one of Kusadasi’s water parks.”
There is a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bistros around the resort and the fresh fish restaurants in the marina area come highly recommended. There is also an abundance of nightlife ranging from upmarket beach clubs to pulsating disco bars which line the famous Bar street. Kusadasi is a shopper’s paradise and best buys include branded fashion wear, leather goods, gold, jewellery, rugs and spices; be prepared to haggle for the best price.
Many of the best known attractions in Turkey are located close to Kusadasi including the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the House of the Virgin Mary and St. John’s Basilica. The famous cotton castles of Pamukkale and the Greek island of Samos are other popular day trips and there are many other daily boat trips to choose from. There are two very large water parks also, one that claims to be the biggest in Europe.