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Looking for a quiet Turkish town - Selcuk v. Sirince

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Looking for a quiet Turkish town - Selcuk v. Sirince

Working on a 12 day timeline, so pretty tight. Will spend time in Istanbul, Cappadocia, somewhere on the south coast and Ephesus. Everything is sounding pretty touristy and commercialized, with the exception of Sirince. Is it worth it to try to get there for the night? I'm hoping to travel by bus.

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NZ
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1. Re: Looking for a quiet Turkish town - Selcuk v. Sirince

This area is heavily touristy and commercialised - impossible not to be with the volume of people who pass through. Sirince is still a village technically however it is now very commericalised - more expensive than it used to be a if time is short getting there on public transport can be slow.

My choice - with your own vehicle, Sirinice, public transport Selcuk.

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2. Re: Looking for a quiet Turkish town - Selcuk v. Sirince

I was pleasantly surprised by Selçuk. While definitely set up for tourism, it did not strike me as a tourist town. Local residences far outnumbered hotels and pansiyons, and when I visited in late October locals far outnumbered tourists in the restaurants and tea houses. Wandering around the back streets near our pansiyon was a joy. You can check out my pictures to get a sense of the town here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25804015@N00/5158738571/in/set-72157625217679099/

I was pleasantly surprised by Selçuk. While definitely set up for tourism, it did not strike me as a tourist town. Local residences far outnumbered hotels and pansiyons, and when I visited in late October locals far outnumbered tourists in the restaurants and tea houses. Wandering around the back streets near our pansiyon was a joy. You can check out my pictures to get a sense of the town here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25804015@N00/5158738571/in/set-72157625217679099/

I can’t compare with Şirince since we didn’t visit. Two of the guests at our pansiyon spent an afternoon there and found it charming but geared heavily towards tourists.

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