There are many Zeus Caves in the Aegean region, and Kusadasi is lucky to have one too. The cave is located in an outlying area of Kusadasi called Guzelcamli, and in summer, it is visited by hundreds of people each day.
It’s in a beautiful, lush location, and is hidden from view which adds to its air of mystery. Just before you get to the entrance of the cave you will see a tree with lots of pieces of ribbon and material tied to it – these contain wishes, and people believe that if they tie their wishes to this tree, their wishes will be granted.
According to legend, when Zeus’ brother Poseidon (the God of the Sea) was annoyed with Zeus he would make the sea wild and angry, not a nice place to swim… So, Zeus would hide in the cave, and swim in its calm waters until Poseidon’s anger had subsided.
In summer, the water in the cave is a beautiful place to take a dip – the water is clear and deep, and so very cool, and is a mix of water from the mountains and sea water.
You can reach the cave by local minibus, or it is also the last stop on the numerous jeep safaris that go to Dilek National Park in summer.