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Cultural and Culinary Delights in Izmir and Selcuk

Cultural and Culinary Delights in Izmir and Selcuk Itinerary

Published: 2024 Mar 01

Historical Wonders and Local Flavors

Start your day with a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus (Efes). Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After immersing yourself in history, head to Dostlar Fırını for a traditional Turkish breakfast.
After breakfast, continue your historical journey with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi), where it is believed that the Virgin Mary spent her last years. Then, explore the Ephesus Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy inhabitants of ancient Ephesus. For lunch, savor the flavors of Izmir at Kordon Balikcisi, known for its fresh seafood and stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
In the evening, take a leisurely stroll along the Kordon, Izmir's picturesque waterfront promenade. Enjoy the sea breeze and stop by Çeşme Kanatçısı for a delicious dinner of Turkish-style chicken wings. End your evening with a visit to the iconic Izmir Clock Tower (Izmir Saat Kulesi), beautifully illuminated at night.
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Ancient Treasures and Scenic Delights

Depart from Izmir to Selcuk and start your day with a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus, and the Agora Open Air Museum (Izmir Agora). After the tour, enjoy a delightful lunch at Yengec Restaurant, known for its traditional Turkish cuisine.
After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John, built over the burial site of John the Apostle. Then, take a scenic drive to the charming village of Sirince, known for its wine and olive oil production. Explore the narrow streets and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. For a sweet treat, indulge in the famous ice cream at Sakızlı Dondurmacı.
As the day winds down, head to the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, a historical site with a fascinating legend. Then, savor a delightful dinner at Tarihi Asansör Restaurant, located in a historic building with panoramic views of Izmir. After dinner, take a leisurely walk around the Izmir Kordon, enjoying the lively atmosphere and the city lights.
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