The ancient city of Ephesus
10.10.2014 - 12.10.2014 29 °C
Ephesus, as one of the historical places in Turkey, is definetely a place you should consider going. I stayed for a night in Selçuk, a quiet little town easily accessible by train from Izmir and a nice base to explore the region. You can also reach it by bus and by dolmus (minivan) from places like Kusadasi (which I visited on the following day). From my pension, I walked to the ruins of St. John's Basilica. The ticket costs 10 TL and also allows you to visit Selçul castle. The basilica was built around the 6th century on the place where John (the so called Jesus favorite disciple) lived and wrote the gospel and the apocalypse. On the site the is a supposed tomb of his. As to the castle, is served as a base for the travellers and merchants during the middle ages. Here they were welcome and given all the best so they would return with their businesses.
After visiting the area, and after a dürüm for lunch, I headed to Efes. It is quite a walk, so if you want to save your legs you can catch a taxi or dolmus there. The historical site is one of Tukish most known and is really big and gives you a very detailed notion of an ancient roman city (although a bit expensive - 30 lira), I would recommend it to all ruin lovers :-)
If the weather is good, take the 30 min trip to Kusadasi, which I did. Nice beaches and lots of pubs, restaurants and hotels from every taste make this a common destination for foreign tourists (the city is also a cruise ship destination so is frequent to see a cruise ship in the harbour).
Next stop: Pamukkale