wide crescent of dark Meander
River delta sand is 7 km (4.5 miles) west of Selçuk (4
km/2.5 miles west of Ephesus).
big resort hotel complexes (including
the Richmond) rise on its southern
reaches, most of the beach is public.
the very southern end, where the
road begins the climb over the hills
is the Aqua Fantasy water
soft sand is a bit squishy underfoot
and, as you can see from my photos,
the beach is open to the Aegean
Sea, which constantly sends waves
onto it, churning the sand, clouding
the water, and making the swimming
experience an active one.
can get drinks, meals and shade at
a small hotel near the beach, but
be advised that there is
little shelter on the beach proper, so bring lots
more importantly, there is a Jandarma (police) post, but no lifeguards! The
Jandarmas have no life-saving equipment
or training, so you're on your own.
surf can be rough, so please be careful.
coastal road from Selçuk and Ephesus to Kuşadası runs
within a five-minute walk of the
sea at Pamucak, so access is cheap,
quick and convenient by means of
the frequent (every 20 or 30 minutes) Selçuk - Kuşadası minibuses. However, note that not all Selçuk-Kuşadası minibuses follow the route passing near Pamucak. Ask before departure for a minibus going near Pamucak.
Ephesus Ruins: 7
km (4.3 miles) E, 10 minutes
km (7.5 miles) S, 15 minutes
John Basilica: 11
km (7 miles) E, 15 minutes
Town: 11 km (7 miles)
E, 15 minutes
—by Tom Brosnahan