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
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 Marys 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
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.