Selcuk is the nearest modern day town to the ancient city of Ephesus. The population of the town is approximately 30.000, but it attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year as it is home to World famous sites such as Artemis Temple – one of the seven wonders of the world-, the house of Virgin Mary, the Basilica and grave of St John the apostle, and Ephesus.
The locals earn their lives mainly from farming and animal breeding. Cotton, peach, fig, corn, olive and grape are some of the main products of the town.
Even though all the attractions are here, visitors usually prefer to stay at the nearby city Kusadasi as it is only 19km away and offers sea, restaurants, a colorful nightlife and more hotel choices. And yet every year the number of boutique hotels and hostels In Selcuk continue to increase.
Population of Selcuk is 27600, Selcuk is 20 km northeast of Kusadasi and 5 km northeast of Ephesus. Selcuk is one of the most visited touristic places in Turkey. Selcuk is 55 km away from Izmir Adnan Menderes. The name of the town comes from the Turkish tribes settled in the region by the 12th century.
Selcuk Training Center of the Turkish Aeronautical Association is just 3 km away from Selcuk center. They offer piloting and parachuting.
Selcuk is famous for its festivals. The Izmır International Music Festival that is held every June has some of its performances at the ancient city of Ephesus. . The Camel Wrestling Festival, performed in the third weekend of January attracts many visitors. Also Rite mass at the House of Virgin Mary is held every year on the 15th of August.
Selcuk is a favourite nesting place for storks from late April till September. You can see stork nests and storks everywhere in Selcuk.