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Old 16th June 2005, 22:21   #1 (permalink)
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Sirince Village....





This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once called Cirkince ("ugly").

Its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village.

Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince ("pretty"). As the village is located on the top of a mountain, you will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees' views on the way up to the village at 350m above sea level.

Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture as of the 1920's: after the Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. The most beautiful specimens are open to visitors. And even in the courtyard of one of them, one will discover a nicely restorated Orthodox church.

All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés or in the former municipal school restorated.

Though Sirince Village is developing its tourism very quickly, it has been able to preserve its authenticity and the meaning of its name.

Great for local peaches and locally made wines and some superb local life pictures.





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It's definitely not 'ugly', I think we went very close to there on a day out in April, wish I had gone there if only to try the wine[]
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Easy to get to as long as you can put up with peering over the edge of a mountain climb on a long and windy road.

Wouldnt attempt it at evening or after drinking their local wines.

If you are driving from Kusadasi, you arrive at Selcuk, the Devlet (General) Hospital is on your right. - Turn left at the roundabout and drive a few hundred yards and you will see the local council offices on the right. Keep the the right hand side of the road and bear right after the brown (Touristic interest) sign marked "Sirince"

Thereafter its a slow 8km climb into the mountains.

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That's beautiful. What's the main difference between a Turkish interior and a Greek interior?
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Dunno Jackie, we never got past the first wine fabrika who were offering free tasting (hic)

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been to sirince and it is absolutely lovely , had a great full day there and enjoyed the traditional turkish cafe and food.
service was great , food brilliant and never ending and vino collapso kept flowing freely!
recommend it to anyone
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That's beautiful. What's the main difference between a Turkish interior and a Greek interior?
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Well, Jackie. Three and a half years after your question here's a partial answer. Several years ago, my Turkish partner of that time (I since changed to a more reliable model) took me to visit a relative's house there. She was eaking out a living with chickens and goats. Her house had but one room, there was a one inch gap under the door, her heating and cooking was a wood/charcoal burning stove - very economical. We sat on a simple wooden bed serving as a settee during the day and her bed at night. The toilet was across the yard (as it was in a house that I lived in near Ashwell, Hertfordshire as a boy). She shared with us what she had. Now I suspect that there is nowhere nowadays to compare with that in Greece.
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