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One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

One Day Trip Efes - Selçuk

Today we’re in Selçuk, which has witnessed many different periods of history...

A Day Full of History

A Day Full of History

There are many historical buildings that deserve to be seen in the center of İzmir.


Can I withdraw money from ATMs?

Visitors may withdraw money in Turkish Lira as well as Euro and U.S. Dollar with their debit cards from the ATMs in Turkey. The majority of ATMs offer English language or other language options for the convenience of foreigners.

Can I use my credit cards for shopping?

Visitors may use their credit cards and debit cards for all kinds of purchases. It is advisable, however, to carry some cash with you in case you take trips away from the city center or travel to smaller towns or villages.

What is the local currency in Turkey?

Turkish Lira is the local currency of the Republic of Turkey. Visitors can exchange their cash money for Turkish Lira at exchange offices and banks.

Can I drive in Turkey with my driver's license?

Foreigners may drive in Turkey provided that they keep their passport, international driver's license and the vehicle license with them all the time. Turkey drives on the right side of the road and the advanced highway network allows easy access to different corners of the land.

What kind of sockets are used in Izmir?

European two-pin sockets are widely used in Turkey as everywhere in continental Europe.

Can I use my mobile phone in Izmir?

Many international GSM operators provide coverage in Turkey in addition to local GSM operators such as Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone. You may ask your GSM operator to activate the international roaming function of your mobile phone before travelling to Turkey or just obtain a new SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card from local operators in Turkey.

What are the opening and closing times of museums in Izmir?

All of the museums in Turkey are closed on Monday and are open to visitation from 9:00 to  17.00 on the other days.

What are the opening hours of pharmacies in Turkey?

Pharmacies are open across the country every day from 09.00 – 19.00 except for Sunday. One pharmacy, however, is open 24/7 in each neighborhood by the time the others are closed.

What are the opening hours of shopping centers in Turkey?

In Turkey, shopping centers are open every day offering a variety of trademarks and services from usually from 10.00 am until 22.00 pm.

​What are the opening hours of banks in Turkey?

In Turkey, banks are in service of their customers from 09.00 to 17.00 on weekdays but are closed on weekends.

What is the time zone in Turkey?

The time zone in Turkey situated at the connecting point of Asia and Europe is GMT +3.

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Selçuk: A treasure of history and a paradise of nature
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.

Architectural Sites
Architectural Sites

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.’