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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===
==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.
* A major attraction is the Roman city of '''[[Ephesus]]''' which is located only 4km away from the center of the village. Entrance fee cost 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 trees as 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:
==Do==
A day trip to [[Şirince]] (8km out of Selçuk). Nestled in the hills, small little village, narrow winding streets, great wines and lots of small cosy wine bars to try them all out in. Note that most of the wines are overpriced and not made in the region. Beware staying there though as accommodation is ''very'' expensive (90euro)??
==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 </buy> [http://www.handmadecarpets.net] Mehmet and Alibaba's Handmade Carpet Shop], right next to the shops of IstanbulEphesus 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 shopkeepers won't pressure best for you into buying anything, and the family also owns a restaurant next door.*<buy name="Local Shops" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="Selcuk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">All to often Tour Operators have rigid itineraries which often include an opportunity to buy overpriced souvenirs where In Selcuk there are glad to offer recommendations on several excellent local restaurants shops, all clustered together in the village centre along with cafe's and bars or just have where a chatcold beer will help you decide what to buy. These local shops are often cheaper and the owners don't pressure you .</buy>
==Buy==
When visiting Selçuk take the time to stop by Mehmet and Alibaba's carpet shop. Centrally located, right next to the Ephesus Museum, this shop is easy to find and worth it too. Here, at this family run business, you will find the best carpets for the best 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, stop in next door at the family's Trip Advisor award winning restaruant.
==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 kebabs 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. Good place to relax. Sami makes me feel like a local!</drink>
==Sleep==
*<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. The manager is also the best guy to advice you how to get to Ephesus or the local beach. There is a Cash Machine only 20 metres away!
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