Selçuk Town (Ephesus), Turkey

Sprawling beneath an ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill, Selçuk (SELL-chook, pop. 35,000) makes a good base for visiting all the points of interest in the Ephesus regionand as far away as Pamukkale.

The town provides hotels, restaurants,transport and other services to travelers.

You can visit the ruins of Ephesus on a flying day-trip from Istanbul via İzmir‘s Adnan Menderes Airport, but it’s better to spend at least one night in a hotel here.

Spend at least two nights if you plan to see the other sights in the region, such as the impressive ruins of Priene, Miletus andDidyma.

What to See & Do

Besides the Ephesus archeological siteand, on the way to it from Selçuk, the remains of the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Selçuk holds the Ephesus Museum and, on Ayasoluk Hill, the St John Basilica and the 14th-century İsa Bey Mosque. You can also make day-trip excursions to more distanct sights such as Pamukkale and BodrumMore…

Storks!

Storks in Selçuk (Ephesus), Turkey
Talkin’ over baby-making…

Selçuk also has storks! The town is a favorite nesting-place for the leggy birds, who take up residence here on the pillars of the old Romanaqueduct, the disused minaret of a ruined mosque, the one remaining column of the Artemision, television aerials, and any other safe perch, from April into September.

Hotels & Guest Houses

Once known for its many backpacker pensions, Selçuk now has a good collection of boutique hotels and guest houses, some of which were formerly pensions. More…

Restaurants

The two streets connecting Selçuk’s main highway with the train station, Cengiz Topel Caddesi and Namık Kemal Caddesi have many restaurants, as does the main square at the eastern end of these streets near the train station—you’ll know the place from the many aqueduct pillars with storks’ nests on top.

Selçuk also has a big weekly market on Saturdays just north of the Otogar (bus terminal).

Transport

Trains running the route İzmirAdnan Menderes AirportSelçukDenizli are useful, and frequent minibuses connect Selçuk with İzmir, EphesusŞirince and Kuşadası, but long-distance intercity buses are not as frequent. More…

Here’s how to drive from the airport to Selçuk, or you can take a train right from the airport to the town center. More…

—by Tom Brosnahan


Best Selçuk Hotels

What to See & Do

Selçuk Transport

Şirince Village

Kuşadası

Priene-Miletus Didyma Tour

Distances & Travel Times

Ephesus Region Transport

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İzmir Transport

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