Private Sirince Village Tour (Half Day)
It is an impressive village where you can feel traditional Turkish life dated back to the 8th Century. It is believed that when Ephesus was abandoned, some of the Ephesians established the village. There are Orthodox and Catholic Churches as well as Mosque. It is unique location to feel and understand multi culture of Turkey. Some of the houses restored as Boutique hotels, famous with homemade fruit wines, organic food and Souvenir shops are interesting. This tour is relaxing and let you to take lovely pictures of different scenery and traditional Culture.
This delightful village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince (“ugly”).
There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Cirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners or to share the beauty of their village.
Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince (“pretty”). As the village is located on the top of a mountain, anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards’ and peach trees’ views on their way. This lovely village is famous for its own wine and olive oil and garden produce. Sirince especially is worth visiting for the magnificent scenery, in particular the breathtaking views of olive groves and lush countryside en-route to the village.