The former farming town of Selcuk is considered a gateway to Ephesus, one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites. In addition to exploring the ancient ruins, you can visit a fascinating museum, explore a Neolithic fortress and stock up on produce at the local farmers market.
Things to do in Selçuk
Selcuk is a few kilometres from Ephesus, one of Greece's most important ancient cities. Entrance is via Curetes Way, a 200-metre-long thoroughfare lined with terrace houses. It leads down to the mighty Library of Celsus, the soaring Temple of Hadrian and the cavernous Great Theatre.
Ephesus Museum is a great place to find out more about the ancient city. It's filled with artefacts recovered from the world-famous archaeological site, including jewellery, coins and statues. You can also admire gleaming marble busts and towering terracotta statues.
While Ephesus tends to steal the spotlight, Ayasuluk Fortress also offers a window into Turkey's ancient past. Entrance to the site is via the arched Gate of Persecution. A path winds up the hill and takes you past ancient mosques, churches and terrace houses.
On the weekend, Selcuk hums with activity at its bustling Saturday Market packed full of vendors selling local produce. Save your appetite for colourful fruit and veg, local cheese, flaky pastries and homemade Turkish delight.
Getting around Selçuk
Selcuk is easy to get around on foot and is serviced by local taxis. Flights arrive at Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport, located around 45 minutes from Selcuk.