Selcok, Turkey: Gateway to Ephesus

By Travel Drunk, October 15, 2010 8:00 am

CIMG0336 We had a group of four, so we rented a car i Istanbul for about $40 a day, and drove south to Selcok (pronounced sel-chouk). Selcok is a small town located just outside of the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. The ruins here represent one of the best preserved Roman cities anywhere in the world. It’s pretty cool. There are two amphitheatres, marble-paved streets, the old library, and a ton of other ruins. Definitely worth the half day it takes to walk through the ruins.

Also in town is the ruins of the Temple to Athena, which was one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, the only thing left is one column. The rest was pilfered by the Christians to build St. John’s Basilica, which located close by.

If you’re going to Selcok, the place to stay is Attila’s Guesthouse. Attila is a cool guy, the rates are good, there’s a pool, and the beer at the bar is cold and cheap. We only booked two nights but stayed four.

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