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Şirince is a beautiful hill town only 8 km (5 miles) east of Selçuk, 12 Km from Ephesus, in the Aegean hinterland south of İzmir.

Şirince is one of the very few genuinely beautiful historic villages left in the Western seaboard of Turkey. Almost all houses date from the 19th century or earlier. The hills are covered with olive groves and vineyards, and fringed by pine forest. The inhabitants make wine and olive oil. They produce some of the best peaches in the land.

Tourism has unfortunately arrived. It has turned Main Street into souvenir-alley. On some weekends the "downtown" crowds looks like a plague of locusts.

The name of the town is pronounced she-RIN-jay. It means Pretty town. The town had a different name before - Cirkince ("ugly") until the 1930's, when a governor of Izmir Province got into his mind to transform it.

The village has 650 people, 35 donkeys and a dwindling number of goats. The average altitude is 350 metres (1000 feet) from sea level.

There are about 15 restaurants, several cafes, a phenomenal number of souvenir and junk stalls, three groceries, two barber shops, a health clinic, and a Mathematics Institute. For everything else one must go to Selçuk, the district town 8 kms down the hill. The public minibus to Selçuk runs every half hour during daylight.

I took this picture from the window of our Hotel's restaurant.

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