The ancient city of Ephesus in Selcuk, Turkey, is a must-see if you want to get a dose of culture and history. Built in the 10th Century BC, the city housed over 300,000 inhabitants in its heyday.
The city was ruled by successive Neolithic, Roman, and Ottoman empires, and their influences are easily seen in the well-preserved remnants of the city, including the Libray of Celcus, the Great Theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the Terraced Houses. Other points of interest include the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John.
Visit the ruins in the early mornings or late afternoons, since the rest of the day can get pretty crowded. The town of Selcuk is the best place for accommodations with their family-run hotels and boutiques that cater to tourists.Places nearby:
Ephesus Museum: A Glimpse of an Ancient City 2 km / 1 mi
Temple of Apollo: Ruins Dedicated to the God of the Sun 62 km / 38 mi
Castle Bodrum, Turkey: The historic castle turned into Underwater Archaeology Museum 100 km / 62 mi
Bodrum Castle: Medieval and Ottoman Might 101 km / 62 mi
The Marmaris Castle: The famous Turkish castle dating back to 1044 BC 146 km / 91 mi