Capping the green peninsula south of Kusadasi, Dilek National Park (known locally as Milli Park) protects a lovely stretch of coastline and forest.
Kusadasi locals come here to escape the crowds and stretch out on the park’s acclaimed white sand and pebble beaches, and splash in the pristine water.
Make your way to the park’s lovely bays, including Icmeler, Kavakli and Karapinar, and pack a picnic to enjoy as there are tables, benches and facilities. Keep your eyes peeled for wild pigs, and colorful wildflowers in spring and summer.
Mountain trails thread through the park, and the park’s trees come right down to the water’s edge to create a verdant backdrop to the beaches lined with striped shade umbrellas.
Dilek National Park is 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) south of Kusadasi on the coastal Dilek Peninsula. Offshore lies the Greek island of Samos. The park protects 110 km2 (27,145 acres) of waterfront parklands
Buses and organized tours head to the park from Kusadasi.