of course,you want to visit ephesus...as MANY OTHER PEOPLE DO....but wait a minute....if you want to do it ALONE (or nearly) go there for the gates opening :8.00 a.m!!!
from 10am (even in october):overcrowded and noisy....you loose the spell.
open daily from 8a.m to 7 p.m (winter until sunset 5 p.m)
Fondest memory: the unique spell of a so famous archeologic site!
Selcuk is considered to be one of the most visited tourist destinations in Turkey because of its closeness to the ancient city of Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary. Its main sights are the Its original name in Greek was Ayios Theologos. In 1914 it was renamed Selcuk, after the Seljuk Turks who settled in the region in the 12th century.
Like the majority of tourists we used Selcuk as a stopping point after Ephesus and Meryemana We didn’t visit the town itself.
The Selçuk-Ephesus Museum (Arkeologji Muzesi) is the most important and richest museum for possession and sole display of local artifacts.
It is located some 500m south of the Ayasoluk Hill with finds from the site of ancient Ephesus, including several statues of Artemis.
Unfortunately we came to the museum too early at 8.00 when it was still closed. May be next time!
Open everyday: 8.30-12.00, 13.00-17.30.
Entrance fee 5 YTL ($3).
Ok, first of... just some tips on orientation...
I will start with using the Bus station as a central reference point because it is VERY probable that you will reach Selchuk by either bus or dolmush and in either way end up getting off at the bus station. Two main streets intersect right at the bus station. One is the so-called Ataturk Caddesi (Caddesi pronounced as jadesi, like “j” in “joke”), a boulevard which is in the direction of Izmir. That is, if you are standing at the bus station and facing this boulevard, Izmir would be to your right (about 70 km from Selchuk). The other street is Sahabetin Dede Caddesi (Sha-Hah-Bet-Tin), that takes you to both Ephesus, the beach Pamucak (PAh-MOO-JUG, with a “k” instead of a “g” at the end) and to Kushadasi.
So if you figure that out, everything is quite easy. When you get off the bus and you go to the street closest to you, you end up on Sahabeting Dede Caddesi, you’ll see the ring-road, and that is the direction to Ephesus, Pamucak and Kushadasi. If you cross the Ataturk Boulevard and head straight, in two minutes maybe less) you reach the Tourist Information Office. Maps are given for free and you could use one.
The neighbourhood “behind” the bus station is actually the “central” part of Selchuk, and the more charming one. Well, depends what you are looking for. In any case, you can find many restaurants there, shops with nice souvenirs, banks and ATM machines (a suggestion, try taking out money instead of exchanging it or if you do go with exchange then do it with smaller amounts as the rate varies a lot, on daily basis). The streets that you will inevitably walk through are: Lienz, Siegburg and Cengiz Topel. On the last one you’ll also find the post office.
Ok, this should be enough as a starters.
I tried making a photo of my map at home and posting it here, but am not sure just how much you can see what it says. It was worth trying.
Favorite thing: This delicious local speciality "cop sis" are small pieces of meat skewered on a stick so they're super-fast to cook, and you're charged by the number of little sticks you use. This is served at one of the many modest restaurants whose tables spread across the pavements and which like the shops offer service virtually 24 hours a day.
Favorite thing: If you go almost anywhere in Turkey you will be given hot Apple Tea. It is quite tasty. It is usually free, and it's polite to accept the one glass given to you. Once you are done with drinking the tea place the tea cup down with the spoon across the top, which signifiies you've had enough , otherwise they may keep bringing you more. Don't forget to bring some home for your family and friends to try
I am now living in Selcuk for three years and am going to the Turkish Bath every friday. It is ladies day from 12 to 16.
Sometimes in the summer it is crowded with tourists and Turkish ladies from abroad....but generally the atmosphere is relaxed and "sunny". The two masseuse are professionals and do the scrubbing and massaging professionally and with passion.
It is a nice relaxing place, stay there for 2-3 hours, sweat and relax, get a scrub and a soap massage and if you like you can have an additional cream or olive oil massage. The fee for scrubbing and soap massage is 25 YTL; the additional massage is 10 YTL.
Fondest memory: The Hamam is the place I miss most, because it is the only time when I get away from my business and can relax for a couple of hours.
Selçuk has an area of 295 square.
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate.
The cultivation of cotton, olives, grapes fruits is the driving force in the economy, in addition to the tourism industry.
The town can it 1 0,000 visitors.
Favorite thing: See, Selcuk is full of history! Aquaducts are from Byzantine period. Now they are hosting storks every spring :)