The Central and Southern Aegean Coast: Places to Explore



Şirince, one of Turkey's wealthiest villages, is another worthwhile excursion from Selçuk. Its picturesque cluster of two-story houses is set on a lush hill; the rows of houses create a long string of windows, which have decorative eaves with nature motifs. A former Greek enclave, Şirince has a 19th-century church and a stone basilica, also 19th-century, which has been restored and turned into an art gallery.

The local women's handiwork has become quite popular, and they sell their work along the village paths. Residents also sell fruit wine made from mulberry, quince, and melon, which you can sample over a friendly conversation. Village food is delicious, and there are several inexpensive restaurants scattered around town.

Şrinice attracts many local and foreign visitors, but it is never deluged with tourists. To get to Şirince, take one of the dolmuşes that leave periodically from Selçuk from 8:30 am to 5 pm.