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.
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 distant sights such as Pamukkale and Bodrum. More…
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.
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.
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).
Trains running the route İzmir–Adnan Menderes Airport–Selçuk–Denizli are useful, and frequent minibuses connect Selçuk with İzmir, Ephesus, Şirince and Kuşadası, but long-distance intercity buses are not as frequent. More…
—by Tom Brosnahan
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