Charms of Selçuk, Turkey

March 8, 2024

Nestled in the heart of Turkey, Selçuk stands as a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

This charming town, located near the Aegean coast, is a hidden gem that beckons travelers with its ancient ruins, warm hospitality, and a glimpse into Turkey’s rich heritage.

Join me as I take you through the enchanting streets of Selçuk, unraveling its historical tapestry and discovering the treasures it holds.

What is the Ephesus?

Our first stop is the legendary Ephesus Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site that transports visitors back to the glory days of ancient Rome. I would highly recommend you wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking.  It’s hot in summer, always take water to hydrate and bring your hat along.  Equally important, sunscreen is mandatory! You will walk along the marble-paved streets that once witnessed the footsteps of Cleopatra. Mark Antony and the Apostle Paul. Marvel at the grandeur of the Library of Celsus and the impressive Great Theater. With the most beautiful Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is not just a historical site; it’s a living museum that breathes life into the past.

Where is Mount Koressos?

In addition, found on Mount Koressos, the House of the Virgin Mary is believed to be the final dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. Pilgrims and history enthusiasts alike find solace here. It is known as a sacred site. Take a moment for reflection in the small chapel and absorb the spiritual aura that permeates the air. I really found it very spiritual and loved the way everything was so respected. In fact, one of my most favourite experiences.

Visit the Artemis Temple

Adjacent to the Artemis Temple, İsabey Mosque stands as a testament to Seljuk architecture. Dating back to the 14th century, this mosque boasts elegant Seljuk and Byzantine influences. Coupled with, its intricately carved marble columns and stunning courtyard. Step inside to experience the serenity and marvel at the architectural brilliance that has withstood the test of time.

What to eat in Selçuk?

No journey is complete without savoring the local cuisine. Selçuk offers a delightful array of Turkish delicacies, from savory kebabs and gözleme (Turkish flatbreads) to sweet treats like baklava and Turkish delight. I found myself wandering through the bustling bazaars and quaint cafes to indulge in the authentic flavors that make Turkish cuisine world-renowned.


Selçuk warm hospitality:

In addition, one of my highlights, of visiting Selçuk is the warm hospitality of its residents. I made sure to engage with locals, share stories, and experience the genuine friendliness. They are very warm and genuine. Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins, savoring local delicacies, or simply enjoying the scenery, the people of Selçuk add a layer of warmth that makes the journey truly memorable.

Turkish Food

The Charm of Selçuk:

In Selçuk, every cobblestone tells a story, every ruin whisper secrets of the past, and every smile reflects the rich cultural tapestry that defines this Turkish gem. From the awe-inspiring Ephesus Ancient City to the tranquil shores of Pamucak Beach. Uniquely, Selçuk wins on a journey through time. Giving you an unforgettable blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Lastly, as you bid farewell to this enchanting town. Finally, you’ll never forget the warmth of the Turkish people.  It’s important to note, they will be a part of creating memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Sheila
    March 28, 2024

    Wow!! This is great information about Selcuk, Turkey. I also love traveling and Turkey is on my bucket list. You have great photography skills Lauren!!💕

    • WildFlower
      March 28, 2024

      Thank you, Sheila!

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