is the best-preserved Roman city in
the Mediterranean region,
and Turkey's top sight after Istanbul,
but the Ephesus
archeological site is
not the only reason to visit this region
can easily spend two, three or four
nights in this area, staying overnight in
the beautiful hill town of Şirince,
the town of Selçuk or
the Aegean resort
visiting the ancient cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma on
excursion, or Aphrodisias on
an overnight excursion to the
hot mineral water spa of Pamukkale,
shopping in the large weekly market
at Tire (TEE-reh),
going windsurfing or just relaxing
in charming Alaçatı,
taking a day-trip or overnight excursion
via Euromos to Bodrum,
and even getting in some beach
time at Pamucak or Altınkum.
the town 3 km (2 miles) east of the Ephesus
archeological site, lies at the
foot of Ayasoluk Hill, topped
by a Byzantine-Ottoman fortress.
On the slope are the St
John Basilica and İsa
both worth a visit.
main boulevard is the good Ephesus
Museum, and on the hill behind
the museum are plenty of good small pensions,
innsand small hotels. Plenty
of restaurants and transport services
can walk from Selçuk to
archeological site along tree-shaded
Dr Sabri Yayla Bulvarı in about 25
or 30 minutes, but you may want to
stop along the way and see the scant
ruins of the famous Temple
of Artemis (Artemision),
one of the Seven
Wonders of the World.
site, 4 km (2.5 miles) to the
west is Pamucak
Beach and, 17 km (11 miles) to
the southwest, the port town and
resort of Kuşadası.
information, for the Ephesus
region, my Izmir
Region Transport Map, and distances
and travel times to/from
other Turkish towns and cities. Here's
how to drive between Izmir's Adnan
Menderes Airport and Selçuk,
Şirince, Ephesus and Kuşadası.
can drive from Istanbul to
Ephesus, seeing the Dardanelles (Hellespont), Gallipoli
battlefields, ancient Troy and Pergamum (Pergamon,
Bergama) and other sights along
the way. Argeus
Tourism & Travel can
set you up with a 6-day
self-drive tour covering Troy,
battlefields, Pergamum and Ephesus.
you want to visit a place where you
can really get a feel for what
life was like 2000 years ago during
the glory-days of Greece and Rome, Ephesus is
the place. In terms of ruins, it's better
than Rome itself.
Paul's New Testament Letter
to the Ephesians was written
to the citizens of Ephesus. St
John is believed to have
written his Gospel here, and to
have been buried in the St
John Basilica. More...
Mary is believed to have
spent her last days on earth here,
and you can visit the reconstructed House
of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) on
a mountaintop to the south of the
Ephesus archeological site. More...
Gate leads to the
Agora at Ephesus.
Hill with its fortress,