Şirince is a dreamful hill town only 10 km to east of Ephesus, Selcuk, in the Aegean hinterland south of Izmir. Sirince's famous for its fruit wines, olive oil, natural products, and atmospheric boutique hotels.
A dozen small restaurants cater to day-trippers, hotel guests, and locals alike.
The sound of Şirince: donkeys bray, birds chirp, mourning doves coo, goats baa etc.
Tourism, on any pleasant weekend in the warm months, so thousands of local and foreign visitors.
Weekdays are not so crowded, but in any case, Şirince becomes a village again in early morning and evening, when the day-trippers are gone.
Visit Şirince Planning
During the day in the warm, busy tourism months, it's easy to miss that Şirince is a village. Buses roar and hundreds of cars zoom up the hill, disgorge their occupants, who then wander clicking cameras and jingling money.
In the warm months I strongly visiting Şirince on weekends—especially Sundays, especially in the afternoon when thousands of local tourists will crowd its streets. If you have car, consider parking it near the Selçuk Otogar and taking the minibuses that shuttle from there to Şirince and back every 15 minutes throughout the day. The minibus goes right to the center of the village. Cars must park, for a fee, on the outskirts, sometimes quite a walk from the center.