Discover Izmir and the best things to experience
Selcuk is a district of Izmir and it is only one hour drive from the centre of the city. This is a list of 9 must do's in Selcuk, from the places to see, to the activities that you can experience.
Ephesus, which is one of the most iconic symbols of Turkey, is also one of the most magnificent ancient cities in the world. The ancient city of Ephesus, considered as a monument of all time, is located 3 km west of Selcuk. The city consists of temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues. The most iconic piece of Ephesus absolutely the Library of Celsus. It is so impressive and so beautiful.
Around Selcuk there are few sites which are very important for Christians, and probably the most important one of them is the House of Virgin Mary. It is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. It is known that Virgin Mary spent her final days here.
Camlik Railway Museum, which is located near the district of Selcuk, is the largest train museum in Turkey. It has one of the largest steam locomotive collections in Europe.
There is nothing in this world that makes you feel as alive as jumping off a plane, and you have that opportunity in Selcuk. It is an amazing experience. We highly recommend it to you.
After the crucifixion of Jesus, Saint John took Mother Mary to Ephesus, because it was much safer place for her. In fact, he is thought to have died here. Later they put a basilica over his tomb and that became a very important pilgrimage site. While you are here to see the Basilica of Saint John make sure to spare time to visit the Ayasuluk Castle as well. It is situated on a hilltop and has a great viewpoint.
There is one more place you should visit after the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis. It is called the Ephesus Museum. Here, the most important artifacts found in the excavation areas are exhibited.
This lovely remote village called Sirince is an actually old Greek settlement which is now completely renovated. It is full of cute little cafes, beautiful boutique hotels and also shops where you can buy local souvenirs. Don't leave without catching a play in Theatre School and visiting Mathematics Institute.
Don't forget to try a few local drinks here. We recommend you elderflower syrup, Turkish coffee on hot sand and famous fruit wines.
If you are here on a Saturday, make sure to stop by the local market of Selcuk, because not only it is a great shopping opportunity, it is good opportunity to get local and also for watching people.