Pine Bay, located where a brilliant and deep blue sea contrasts with deep green vegetation and tree cover reminds us of Heredotus’ description of the Aegean: “It belongs to the most beautiful sky and the best climate of the world.”
It is 95 km (59 mi) south of ?zmir, the region’s largest metropolitan center, and 71 km (44 mi) from Ayd?n. The city of Ku?adas? stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Pilav Da?? behind. The name comes from ‘ku?’ (bird) and ‘ada’ (island) as the peninsula has the shape of a bird’s head (as seen from the sea).
The area has been a centre of art and culture since the earliest times and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded by the Leleges people in 3000 BC. There are many well preserved historical sites and cultural centres around the City, including Priene, Miletus, Didyma, Aphrodisias, Pergamum, Pamukkale, Bodrum, etc. that can be visited by daily trips. Ephesus is the nearest (only 12 km (7.5 mi) from the Congress Venue, one of the best preserved and most magnificent towns of antiquity, with its Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) and the House of Virgin Mary.