Şirince, located in Selçuk district of İzmir, is one of the most well-known villages in Turkey. Şirince deserves its name, which translates as cute in English, with its nature, streets, houses, and people.
The village is about 10 km to Selçuk and 83 km to İzmir. You should definitely visit Şirince, which is famous for its wine, and stone mansions, and whose reputation exceeds the borders of the country. The village once was called Kirkice, Kirkince, and Çirkince by the Greeks who lived here before the War of Independence. After the separation of the Greeks during the exchange, the village has been called Şirince since the Republican era. There are still many Greek houses in the village. Some of these houses, which are carefully preserved by their new inhabitants, welcome visitors as boutiques today.
The first place that comes to mind when it comes to Şirince is the Nesin Mathematics Village of the Nesin Foundation, which aims to teach mathematics to young people and to encourage enthusiasm for mathematical research. In the Math Village, which has been in service since 2007, young people can attend seminars and at the same time take part in the daily work of the village. The village is also open to visitors, with teachers in the fields of philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
Another important destination in the village is the Theater Madrasah near the Mathematics Village. Directed by academicians and theater artists, Theater Madrasah stages different plays in summer. Don’t forget to check their program when you’re in Şirince.
The Church of St. John the Baptist is one of the main attractions of the village, where you want to photograph every corner while you walk up the cobbled streets. There is a wishing pool in the garden of the church, the build date of which is unknown.
While you’re in Şirince, you can also visit the Stone School Museum, which aims to shed light on the history of education, and you can see the amazing view of the village from the Hodri Meydan Tower.
In addition to the places to visit and see in Şirince, one of the best activities is, of course, to visit the market in the center of the village. Many products from soap to olive oil are sold in the bazaar, where you can also buy the handicrafts made by the local women.
Another must-do activity in the village is to taste the world-famous Şirince wines. You can stop by the wine houses to taste homemade wines that are made of many different fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, melons, and strawberries.
Selçuk: A treasure of history and a paradise of nature
Thanks to its cultural and historical values, Selçuk is one of the leading tourism destinations in Turkey. The ancient city of Ephesus is just one of the historic districts that make İzmir elite worldwide because of its cultural assets. The first settlement in this district adorned with historical textures dates back nearly eight thousand years.
İzmir has been a fascinating city since ancient times. “They established their city under the most beautiful sky and in the best climate we know on earth.” said Herodot about it. Aristotle told Great Alexander that he’d be incomplete if he didn’t see İzmir. Victor Hugo, the great author, wrote poems for İzmir, and called it a ‘princess.’