Selçuk Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for Selçuk

Library of Ephesus The many breasted Artemis Stork atop the aqueduct View of Selcuk from Ephesus Working at Ephesus The ruins of Ephesus lie outside the village of Selcuk, a really lovely little town not overrun by tourists as many come on buses or guided tours to Ephesus and don’t get to see this really traditional slice of west coast Turkish life....

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We spent the day enjoying the natural springs and returned back to Selcuk by the evening bus that left Pamukkale at 16:00 pm and reached Selcuk at 7:30 pm....

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Ephesus, Turkey
Day 5 – Ephesus I am a history lover and this was probably one of the days I was looking forward to the most. Ephesus, or Efes, was the ancient Greek city and is said to be built in the 10th century BC. It later fell into Roman influence and came under Roman Empire. The city was completely destroyed and abandoned in 14th century AD and all that lies there now is the ruins. We took a public train from Izmir to Selcuk and reached in about one and a half hours. From there we boarded a minibus to Ephesus and reached our destination in around 15-20 minutes. The entry ticket to the ancient city cost us around 1500 INR. Honestly, Somya and I were a little surprised by the high cost of ticket. But, all of the money was worth it. As we stepped inside, in front of us lay a beautiful town destroyed with time. With every step I took, I could feel history coming to life. On the marble roads I could feel the sound of Tongas and bullock carts that must have been filling the city with life during ancient times. I could imagine people dressed in Roman and Greek attires walking around. To me, each broken and intact stone in that place had come to life. I felt shivers running down my spine. I had never felt history so closely. Not even while visiting the Indian Mughal monuments. Here, history was much older and gripped me with much more intensity. First in line was a stadium and theatre (teatro). While walking towards the stadium I observed a huge sewer line and big marble stones broken and randomly placed with inscriptions on them. The stadium was fascinating but not as fascinating as the ancient library. It was huge and I could feel scholars walking there, looking for books and silently sitting and reading. I saw a supposed brothel of the time, which was locked. I managed to steal a glimpse of the rooms inside. We walked for several miles and saw many fascinating structures. Most intriguing was a church of mother Mary. It still had a cross in black made on one of the walls. The church was constructed at a little distance from the main town so there weren’t many tourists at that point so Somya and I had some peaceful moments there. The other side of the church opened to a room which led to a gallery. The gallery was open and faced beautiful green mountains. Strong cold wind blew on my face as I stood on elevated ground looking at the mountains and I stood grasping the moment for a long time before Somya got bored and asked me if we could go. Reluctantly, I left with her and we exited the beautiful city. I took a last look at the city before finally moving on to have a cone of local ice cream. The ice cream was tasteless! We bought some souvenirs from the shops in the vicinity and then boarded a minibus back to Selcuk. On way to the tren estacion (train station), there was a beautiful lane decorated with trees and flowers, which had nice cafes. Old men sat at the cafes and bars playing board games. We chose a café, which had “free wi-fi” written on it. Somya recommended that we eat Ravioli, a famous Turkish Pasta prepared with Yogurt. Now, we did not know that the Pasta had yogurt in it and Somya is allergic to Yogurt. Me being me and being hungry, ordered a separate Ravioli and asked her to order her own. Somya was heartbroken after seeing her Ravioli and decided to stay hungry in order to not spend any more money. I, on the other hand, had to finish two Raviolis and ended up feeling sick. Nevertheless, the Ravioli was tasty but it was not something I could eat a large portion of. Finally, we boarded a train back to Izmir and while on our way back from the metro station to our house, we lost our way. And it started raining and had gotten quite cold. But, we were still feeling happy as we had thoroughly enjoyed our last day in Izmir. We did not even want to leave our pretty little abode.
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Weekend Getaways from Selçuk  

Head back home from Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport.When to goThe best months to visit Turkey are from March to May and between September and November, when the temperatures are pleasant and skies are clear. These periods are usually perfect for sightseeing, swimming, kiteboarding and other such activities, with the temperature only going as high as 14ºC. The wonderful Sarıgerme Kite Festival, takes place in April every year by the Sarıgerme Beach near Bodrum, and is a vibrant showcase of Turkey's local traditions.Getting aroundThe best and relatively economical way to get around Turkey is via buses, with the ticket costing around ₹142 for a 160 kilometres.By plane: From Istanbul's Atatürk Airport's domestic terminal and local offices of Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines and Atlasjet, flight tickets to major cities such as Ankara can be purchased. Most of these regional airports are connected by a Havaş bus to the city centre (will cost you less than a taxi).By bus: Buses to most cities ply from Turkey's Otogars (bus stations), with a bus departing every 30 minutes. For long distances, most buses are staffed with a couple of assistants who offer free drinks and small snacks, with the buses stopping after every two and a half hours. A ticket for travel up to 100 miles costs around ₹142.By train/metro: The Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD) operates passenger trains all across the country. Tickets can be purchased online, the departure station, central post-offices and authorised tourist agencies.The M2 Şişhane-Hacıosman metro line is the fastest way to get around Turkey and runs through most of Turkey's cities, from 5am till midnight.T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tram line runs across most tourist destinations and is ideal for sightseeing purpose.By dolmuş: Turkey's shared taxi, dolmuş (minibus) accommodates up to eight passengers and runs 24 hours a day.By taxi: The Turkish taxi seats five people and the starting fare is ₹22. A trip spanning several kilometres during the day can cost anything up to ₹265. At night, the rates are usually doubled.CostsFlight from New Delhi to Istanbul, Turkey: ₹33,788 (return fare)One-way ticket on local buses: ₹142 for 160 kilometresTaxi starting tariff: ₹22Hotel stay in Istanbul: ₹1,687 to ₹4,390A meal at a small restaurant or a fast-food joint: ₹562


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