Private Sirince Village Tour: Let us introduce you to authentic Turkish village life on a trip to the picturesque village of Sirince, located 12km away from Ephesus and 30km from Kusadasi.
The town was once called Cirkince, meaning ‘ugly’, perhaps due to the fact that its inhabitants did not want to open its doors to tourists. Nevertheless, the village later changed its name to Sirince, meaning ‘pretty’. Today the village constitutes a unique synthesis of Turk-Greek culture: after the Independence War, Orthodox Christian Greeks who lived here moved out leaving their typical Greek houses. Although these kept their original characteristics on the outside, their inside layout was transformed by the Turks to fit local customs. Some of the most beautiful of these unique homes are open to visitors.
The old Greek inhabitants were famous for their wine making. The Turks who moved here in 1924 re-started wine-making using local fruits, including apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, blueberry, mulberry, mandarin, orange, melon, peach, cherry and strawberry. Taste the results and judge for yourself when you visit.
As the village is located on a mountain, you will also have a chance to admire the view over the impressive vineyards and fruit trees of the surrounding countryside, as well as take in the Islamic culture further by exploring the local Mosque before leaving this pretty village.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
This is a half-day excursion. Included: English speaking guide and transportation.