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“Quaint Sirince” 5 of 5 stars
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Sirince
Sirince, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Sirince
Type: Historic Sites
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“Quaint Sirince”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Located in a lush green valley about 15 miles east of Khusadasi in Turkey, Sirince has been inhabited since the ancient Greek times and is a blend of Greek and Turkish cultures. The white washed but aging buildings, small but beautifully landscaped courtyards and decorated doorways kept the camera interested.

I cannot thank fellow TripAdvisors enough for recommending this beautiful village. We had to pay our tour company a little extra (only $20) to take us there but in the end it was worth it. When we went in mid-Oct of 2013, the place was packed with local visitors. We saw only a handful of international visitors, such a pity.

Visited October 2013
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“Wine-tasting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Sirince is a cute little town, but definitely gets most of it's business and attention from tourists. We were offered a wine tasting at a lovely little vineyard - I think the price was something like 4 dollars for a liter of wine. BEWARE - people will come up to you when they notice your glass is empty and refill it without you asking. Make sure you have plenty to eat beforehand and are with friends, it is very easy to get carried away in the hot sun and get sick!!

Visited August 2013
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“Tourists trap? Or genuine?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

In November 2013, out of season, here we were, coachloads of tourists. It was part of our paid for scheduled visits. Sirince has cobbled streets and is full of souvenir shoops. We were shown a fruit wine shop, where we could taste the (fruits) wine, for example melon wine, and most of us escaped as we felt ill at ease with the setup. Going back to the coach, I stopped with my friends to have a Turkish coffee, in one of the small courtyards off a cobbled strret. It was excellent. Hot, pungent, with a hint of spice, and sugar. The food served at one of the tables was pipping hot and looked delicious. With much regret, we hurried back to our coach.

Visited November 2013
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“Well worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were taken to this old village as part of an organised tour of Turkey. It is heritage listed and very well preserved. The village has cobbled streets, lots of restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as a great range of shopping, with very reasonable prices. It is a great place to simply wander for a couple of hours.

Visited October 2013
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“Lovely way to spend an afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We were based at a hotel in Selcuk and one day found ourselves with an empty afternoon on our hands. After consulting our guidebook, we asked our hotel's owner which of several interesting options he recommended, and his advice was to drive to Sirince. It proved to be excellent advice! It was the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon when we needed a little break from touring historical sites (not that we get tired of historical sites, but it's nice to break it up a little!).
Sirince was only about a 20 minute drive from Selcuk, and the scenery along the way was very pretty and hilly. The village itself is not big --- only 600 inhabitants --- but there is enough to do there to keep one occupied for several hours. It is a charming village with steep cobblestone streets that look like they are remnants of the medieval age. The surrounding farms and homes are built in the Mediterranean style, making Sirince unique among the traditional Turkish towns and villages we'd passed through in previous days.
Shopping is the primary activity in Sirince, but even my husband enjoyed it, as there are tons of stalls lining every street, and they don't all sell the same thing, unlike the bazaars in Istanbul or the high streets in other towns, where the shops are overly-touristy and after a while seem all alike. The townspeople of Sirince sell mostly handicrafts and products from the local farms, making the selection higher-quality and more interesting than the typical souvenir stalls (although there are a few of those too, but not an abundance). We found lots of gifts for friends and family members at reasonable prices. We purchased local spices, handmade hats, olive oil, and even had time for a relaxing Turkish coffee in a peaceful Ottoman-style pavilion overlooking the surrounding countryside. There is also a Greek Orthodox church, a couple of centuries old, that is being excavated, which we visited.
There were hardly any other tourists in the village when we were there, so we were able to shop and walk at a leisurely pace.
It is true that some of the cobblestone streets are a little bit steep, but they are no problem to traverse with good walking shoes or tennis shoes. And the winding streets only add to the charm of the village! We did not have any trouble finding parking, as there are lots on either side of town. They are not free, but the parking fee is minimal (something like 5 lira).
Sirince is the perfect place to while away a couple of leisurely hours in a unique setting that is removed from the tour groups at Ephesus. Definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Selcuk!

Visited September 2013
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