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Selcuk is a town in the Aegean region of western Turkey located close to the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. The town itself contains ancient ruins, layers of history, and tree-lined avenues, and serves as a jumping-off point for Ephesus as well as the nearby village of Sirince, the House of the Virgin Mary, and the beach resort town of Kusadasi, among other things to do. Selcuk is easily reached from Izmir and the Izmir Airport.
Selcuk is worth a visit at any time of the year. Spring and autumn (April-May and September-October) have the most optimal weather when the forecast is warm but not overly hot. Winters are mild and crisp, while summers are sweltering and sunny. If you’re visiting Ephesus, consider that summers might be too hot and bright if you’re not prepared for abundant sunshine.
Getting to Selcuk from Izmir Airport is easily done by train, bus, or taxi. Getting around Selcuk is easiest in a car, taxi, or bus. Minibusses, shared cabs, and private taxis all depart regularly for Ephesus, which is only one mile from Selcuk. Other minibusses regularly go to Kusadasi and Sirince and other places in the area.
The early months of the year are a great time to visit Selcuk. The oranges are ripening on the trees, the air is cool but not too cold, and the crowds at Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, and other popular sites will be less busy. Travel from the airport on the local train, which is a fast and easy way to reach Selcuk.
Yes, Selcuk is worth a visit. The town itself is charming, with early Turkish architecture and ancient historical ruins within the town limits and all the amenities of a modern place to stay. It’s the easiest place to base yourself if you want to visit Ephesus, which is only one mile away....More
Selcuk is known for its proximity to Ephesus, the sprawling ancient city that is one of Turkey’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as the village of Sirince and the beaches of Kusadasi. Selcuk is also known for its annual Camel Wrestling Festival every January....More
Two or three days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Selcuk. This gives you time to get to know the town while also visiting the surrounding attractions. Ephesus can take most of a day to see the entire site, while Sirince is worth at least an afternoon....More
While Selcuk is very close to Ephesus, the entrance to the site is most easily reached by taxi, bus, or car. However, once you arrive at Ephesus, the only way to explore the ancient city is by foot. There is plentiful parking at the site if you come in your own car....More
Whether you stay in Selcuk or Izmir depends on what your interests are. If you primarily want to see Ephesus, it makes more sense to stay in Selcuk. Also, if you prefer a quieter town to a large city, you should stay in Selcuk, as Izmir is a major Turkish city....More
Within Selcuk, the Isa Bey Mosque and the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Around Selcuk, the top attractions are the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince, the Ayasuluk Citadel, and more. Selcuk is a great place to base yourself to see a wide range of historical sites....More