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 region and as far away as Pamukkale.
The town provides hotels, restaurants,
other services to travelers.
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.
at least two nights if
you plan to see the other sights
in the region, such as the
impressive ruins of Priene, Miletus and Didyma.
Besides the Ephesus
archeological site and, 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 Bodrum. More...
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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 Roman aqueduct,
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. More...
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...
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
fortress atop Ayasoluk
Hill in Selçuk,
Kuba Cami, a 14th-century Seljuk Turkish-style mosque in Selçuk.