The 18 km of road from Kusadasi to Selcuk pass through spectacular beach and mountain scenery. The pretty town Selcuk is famous with its being a fascinating mixture of all historical periods. The strategic location of Selcuk has provided to be a popular place to settle down during the centuries. The name ‘Selcuk’ comes from the Turkish tribes settled in the region by the 12th century.
Selcuk has been reputed well for its closeness to the ancient Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House and Seljukian works of art. Besides the historical richness around the area, Selcuk is worth-seeing with the places of superb natural beauty surrounding the town. The village “Sirince” is the one that attracts every visitors with its spectacular view from a mountain in the 8km east of Selcuk. The beach of “Pamucak” is also of interest, 9km away from the town. A very nice jogging road covered by the old raspberry trees just in the entrance of Selcuk, also makes an impressive setting and an ideal location for relaxation.
Selcuk is rich and famous with the lively festivals scattered almost in every seasons. The Ephesus International Festival, held in May; The Camel Wrestling Festival, performed in the third weekend of January lasting in one day, attract both participants and visitors. Also the Rite ceremonies at the House of Virgin Mary are held every year on the 15th of August from 10:00 in the morning. There are many good buys in the charming boutiques and colorful bazaars situated in the picturesque narrow, winding streets of the town. Also the town market on Saturdays offer an enjoying shopping to the visitors with the great variety of food and textile. Relaxing with a delicious meal in an inviting restaurant is a popular way to spend the evening hours in Selcuk. Visitors may sample the famous “chop-shish” -a meat variety, or classical Turkish cuisine. Selcuk is also serving with its good and clean accommodations, suitable for all visitors.
Finally, it is guaranteed that the hospitable people of Selcuk will make your holiday comfortable and enjoyable.
TRANSPORTATION IN SELCUK
Motorway: As the town on Aydin -Izmir highway, there are direct links to the cities in the western and middle Anatolia as well as the touristic towns by buses. Minibuses to the nearby places from Selcuk, are also on service from the bus terminal. Izmir the third biggest city of Turkey, is 75km away from the town and buses are available in every 15 minutes. Touristic seaside town, Kusadasi, is 18km away and can be reached by the minibuses in every 15 minutes.
Airway: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is 60km away from Selcuk, where national and international flights are performed. Also Ephesus Airport is approximately 3km far from Selcuk. The airport is for small planes and short distance flights such as Bodrum, Izmir and Istanbul are performed. Ephesus Airport is also giving pilotage and parachuting training as an alternative facility. Seaway: The town is 20km away from Kusadasi Harbour and 75km away from Izmir Harbour.
Railway: Trains are running to Selcuk-Izmir and Selcuk-Denizli (Pamukkale) on certain hours.