Things to see and do, in and around Selçuk
Selçuk is a small characteristic quiet town close to Ephesus, which makes this a good place to stay when you are going to visit the well known classical city of Ephesus.
But besides Ephesus there are more places that make Selçuk worth a visit, such as:
Ephesus is considered one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey, in fact
perhaps of the world.
Stroll through history in the archaeological site of Ephesus, the western Turkey home to the Temple of Hadrian, the library and the Great Theater. The city remnants highlight its former position as a top Mediterranean trading center: streets paved in marble, mosaic-covered sidewalks, private hill homes You can start at the top entrance and from there wander around in this historic place while enjoying the magnificent view of the surroundings
This temple is located just another step away from the pension, and can be seen from the top roof terrace while enjoying the complimentary wine at sunset.
The Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven wonders of the world, has spread its fame throughout the world between the years 334-250 B.C. It has been reconstructed seven times due to plunder, earthquakes and fires. It used to be surrounded by immense columns in Ionic order, yet today there is nothing left except an altar. The Temple was the first and largest construction built of marble. A part of the ruins are exhibited in the British Museum in London while the rest is exhibited in the Ephesus Museum in Vienna.
Just a step away from the Pension is St. John's Basilica.
This museum has a beautiful collection of artefacts from the Ephesus excavations, St. Johns Basilica, and other ruins in the surrounding area. The collection is brought to life by some good information panels, dioramas and photos and is certainly worth a visit, ideally after seeing Ephesus.
You will find the Ephesus Museum just behind the pension.
Siringe is a delightful village in the hills just 8 km. from Selçuk, full of pretty historic houses facing a peaceful landscape of vineyards and olive groves. Siringe is well-known because the home made fruit wines. Sirince is easy to visit by minibus from Selçuk.
According to Christian traditional beliefs this is the House that Virgin Mary
lived her days after the Resurrection of Christ. She was brought to Ephesus by
Only 7 kilometers from Selçuk you find the long, wide sandy beach of Pamucak.
A nice place for a sunbath, a walk or a picnic after visiting the cultural
highlights. Toilets and beverages are available.