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Selçuk

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From the airport, you have two options for getting to Selçuk: you can take trains which call at the station directly on the airport grounds (4 TL), and which connect airport with Selçuk and points south six times daily (see "By train" below for a timetable). Be warned that the train can be very packed, though, so be ready for the possibility of not being able to get on.
A quicker but more expensive option is to take a ''dolmuş'', which is more like a big van rather than a bus. They depart from ''Selçuk – Ephesus Otogar'', which lies 2 km away from the airport (a taxi ride from the airport there costs 10 TL). This ''otogar'' is not of the bus station type found in the rest of the country—it's just a bus stop with some benches. Take the mini van signed ''Selçuk – Ephesus'' on its front. Ask around if someone in charge is nearby. From here, a ride to Selçuk costs 7 TL, and takes around an hour. The van will stop in many stops along the way, including some remote areas, and just stay on till the very end. Atlas Jet which has direct flights ti Izmir from Istanbul and other cities, provides a free shuttle bus service to Selcuk and back.
===By train===
It's possible to take trains [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/Upload/Files/ContentFiles/2010/bolgesel/basmanesokeaydin.htm] from [[Izmir]]'s Basmane Station six seven times daily (at 0807:10AM45AM, 1009:00AM, 11:25AM, 23:25PM40PM, 34:30PM, 56:40PM15PM, and 7:10PM), which call . These stop at the Izmir airport station about 20 minutes later, and arrive at after they leave Basmane station. The trip from the airport to Selçuk station takes about an hour and half after their initial departure (. Note that Selçuk is not their last station, though, stop so be make sure not to miss listen for it). As of December 2012 the tickets cost 4.5 TL. Note that having a ticket does not guarantee you a seat and sometimes the trains are packed.
===By bus===
The local ''otogar'' of Selçuk is located in the center of the village.
 
It is possible to take an overnight bus that departs from Istanbul at midnight and arrives here at approx. 8 a.m. This service is run by Varan bus lines and costs 70 TL as of the summer of 2011.
==Get around==
There are mini-buses (dolmus) to [[Şirince]] and [[Ephesus]]. To go to the House of Mary you may need to take a taxi .
Rented motorbikes or scooters can be a fun way to discover the surroundings of Selçuk. If you rent a bike note that both [[Şirince]] and the House of Mary are up in the hills.
Decius died in 251 and many years passed during which Christianity went from being persecuted to being the major religion of the Roman Empire. At some later time — usually, during the reign of Theodosius II (408 - 450) — the landowner decided to open up the sealed mouth of the cave, thinking to use it as a cattle pen. He opened it and found the sleepers inside. They awoke, imagining that they had slept but one day. One of their number returned to Ephesus. He was astounded to find buildings with crosses attached; the townspeople were astounded to find a man trying to spend old coins from the reign of Decius. The bishop was summoned to interview the sleepers; they told him their miracle story, and died praising God.}}
Selcuk is a good starting place for many excursions and visits in the area.
* A major attraction is the Roman city of '''[[Ephesus]]''' which is located only 4km away from the center of the village. Entrance fee cost 20 25 TL per person.
* The promenade will also take you to the The '''Temple of Artemis''' (Artemision). Although it was one of the "Seven Wonders" of the Ancient world, nowadays only a column is left.
* On the way there If walking West, one can also detour left (15-20 minutes one-way walk) once on Efes Yolu to visit the '''Cave of the Seven Sleepers''' (see the infobox at right).* The picturesque village of '''[[Şirince]]''' is located 9km east to Selcuk up in the hills. It offers wonderful views among olive and peach treesas well as several excellent country hotels.
* '''House of the Virgin Mary''' (''Meryem Ana Evi''), 10 km south on the hills is claimed to have been the house where Virgin Mary spend her last days in Ephesus. The Vatican declared this place as an official Catholic pilgrimage site.
* '''Pamucak''' beach
* A nice day-tour can take one to the three archeological sites of '''[[http://travelselcuk.com/priene/ Priene]]''', '''[[Miletus]]''' and '''[[Dydima]]''', all Roman cities located a little bit south in the coast. Several hotels and pensions offer this tour or you can also rent a van, with driver or not, on your own.
In the city center there are other very interesting spots:
* The '''Byzantine citadel''' and the remains of '''St. John Basilica'''.
* The '''Aqueduct'''.
* The '''Museum of Ephesus'''. Contains objects found in the [[Ephesus]] excavation at the site. 8TL admission.
==Do==
==Buy==
*<buy name="Double Knot Carpets" alt="" address="Corner of Cangiz Topel Cad and Namik Kemal Cad" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Run by 20-something locals, this carpet shop is a great place to find a carpet for cheap (prices start under 100 Euro) or just to have a cup of tea. Unlike the shops of Istanbul, the shopkeepers won't pressure you into buying anything, and are glad to offer recommendations on local restaurants and bars or just have a chat.</buy>
 [http://www.handmadecarpets.net] Mehmet and Alibaba's Handmade Carpet Shop], right next to the Ephesus Museum. Here, at this family run business, you will find high-quality carpets at good prices with personable sales people - no pressure here. İf you get hungry from the all the thinking over which carpet(s) are the best for you, the family also owns a restaurant next door.*<buy name="Nomadic Art GalleryLocal Shops" alt="" address="" directions="Next door to Rumeli" phone="+90 537 469 47 04" url="Selcuk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Speak All to often Tour Operators have rigid itineraries which often include an opportunity to buy overpriced souvenirs where the honest and knowledgable Enis about getting operator get a high quality rug at real prices—not like over inflated Istanbulcommission for taking you there. They boys In Selcuk there are really friendly several excellent local shops, all clustered together in the village centre along with cafe's and there is never any pressure bars where a cold beer will help you decide what to buy a rug—just sit . These local shops are often cheaper and chat if the owners don't pressure you wantbecause they don't have that commission to pay the tour operator!</buy> 
==Eat==
* '''Amazon Cafe Bistro'''
* <eat name="Ejder Restaurant" alt="" address="Cengiz Topel Cad. no.9 E PTT Karsisi" directions="in the centre of the town" phone="+90 232 8923296" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very friendly place with homemade vegetarian food. Delicious.</eat>
*[http://www.kebabhouseselcuk.com Restaurant]<eat name="Mehmet and Ali Baba Kebab House" alt="" address="Ataturk mah. 1047 Sok. no: 4" directions="just across the road from the otogar" phone="+90 232 892 3872" url="www.kebabhouseselcuk.com" hours="" price="5TL-15TL" lat="" long="">Cheap, big portions and very tasty Turkish Kebabs, Mezes and desserts. Also complimentary tea and they serve beer.</eat>
==Drink==
 
 
*<drink name="Dolphin Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is a really cool place. Talip is a great guy & the beer is good.</drink>
* <drink name="Pink Bistro Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Ask Mesut the bartender to show you some magic tricks and you'll be entertained for hours. And try some of Simone's famous ''çay''!</drink>
*<drink name="Rumeli" alt="" address="25 Ataturk Mah Cengiz Topel Cadessi." directions="" phone="0 232 892 16 93" url="" hours="24" price="cheap!" lat="" long="">A fantastic 24 hour restaurant serving traditional Turkish food, normally for Turkish people. It isn't in any guide books as the owner relies on a heavy after midnight trade of locals - but it is a must see. Different corners are assigned different specialities, soup corner, vegeterian corner, etc. The mushroom pide is especially good!</drink>
*<drink name="Denis Bar" alt="" address="Selcuk" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Denis Bar is in the centre of Selcuk, you can't miss it. It is used by many locals, including members of the local Sky-Diving Club. Sami,who runs the place with his young brother is a great friendly guy. You can also get food, from the excellent cafe next door delivered to your table.</drink>
 
==Sleep==
Please remember that all free shuttles arranged by various hotels usually include a visit to a carpet or Turkish delight shop that pay commission to cover the costs of the transport.
*'''Urkmez hotel''' [http://www.urkmezhotel.com] Namik Kemal Cad. 20 ''+90'' 0232 892 6312. The Ürkmez Hotel is run by the multi-lingual Ozkan Brothers (English, German, Spanish). All rooms are newly decorated and comes with orthopaedic mattresses and most have A/C and private balconies. Starting from 11€p.p incl. breakfast buffet on the roof terrace.
*<sleep name="Bella Hotel" alt="" address="Ataturk Mah. St. John Street No:7 Selcuk" directions="200m from Otogar" phone="+90 232 892 3944 " url="http://www.hotelbella.com/selcuk_hotels/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Small family run hotel with wonderful ceramic and carpet / textile decorations. Very convenient location. Excellent dinner on the roof terrace. Free transport to and from Ephesus. Fax: 0090 232 892 0344 Email: [email protected] </sleep>
*<sleep name="Atilla’s Getaway" alt="" address="[email protected]" directions="2km from Selcuk centre in the village of Acarlar" phone="+90 (232) 892 3847" url="http://www.atillasgetaway" checkin="" checkout="" price="12 Euro" lat="" long="">Has a spring water swimming pool surrounded by fruit trees and gardens. Free shuttle buses to Selçuk/Ephesus, as well as free pick up from Kuşadasi Ferry Port.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Boomerang Guesthouse" alt="" address="Selcuk" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">I have stayed at the Boomerang several times. It is clean and serves a great breakfast. It is very close to the bus station (Otogar) next door to Mehmet and Ali Baba's Kebab Shop. I stay in the dormitory but the private rooms are very good and inexpensive. They have opened a Garden Restaurant nearby which is brilliant. </sleep>
 
==Get out==
* [[Izmir]] - enroute to [[Istanbul]]* [[Denizli]] - enroute to [[Pamukkale]] and [[Antalya]]* [[Bodrum]] - seaside route to [[Marmaris]] and [[Fethiye]]* [[AfrodisiasAphrodisias]] - To go by public transport, catch a bus to Nazilli to arrive as early in the morning as possible. There's plenty of bus traffic along the highway between Izmir, Aydin and Denizli all day long. From Nazilli, catch a minibus to Karacasu—they leave about every 30 minutes, and are especially reliable in the morning. From Karacasu there are several minibuses a day to Aphrodisias, leaving about every 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
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