Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Ephesos; Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes).
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.

Today's archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kuşadası.

Coordinates: 37°56'28"N 27°20'32"E


Şirince is a village of 600 inhabitants in İzmir Province, Turkey, located about 8 kilometres east of the town Selçuk. Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning "Ugly" in Turkish) to deter others from following them.The village's name was changed to Şirince (meaning "Pleasant") in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.

Şirince acquired world-wide fame when tourists flocked to the village in December 2012 to witness the Mayan Apocalypse, as New Age mystics believed its "positive energy" would aid in weathering the catastrophe, during the 2012 phenomenon.

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Çeşme  is a coastal town and the administrative centre of the district of the same name in Turkey's westernmost end, on a promontory on the tip of the peninsula which also carries the same name and which extends inland to form a whole with the wider Karaburun Peninsula. It is a popular holiday resort and the district center, where two thirds of the district population is concentrated. Çeşme is located 85 km west of İzmir, the largest metropolitan center in Turkey's Aegean Region. There is a six-lane highway connecting the two cities (Otoyol 32). Çeşme district has two neighboring districts, Karaburun to the north and Urla  to the east, both of which are also part of İzmir Province. The name "Çeşme" means "fountain" and possibly draws reference from the many Ottoman fountains scattered across the city.

Take advantage of the unbeatable climate and crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean with windsurfing and other water sports on holiday.

The warm weather and consistent sea breeze offers the perfect windsurfing&kitesurfing conditions, and from the water tourists can enjoy stunning views out over the water and see the Cesme coast from another angle.

There are a number of professional outfits in the Cesme area offering rentals and windsurfing&kitesurfing lessons, so whether an amateur or a pro it's easy to get out on the water and enjoy.

Nearby Alacati is a hub of water sports and an international centre for windsurfing. Its famous windsurfing&kitesurfing schools are known for their teaching methods and can help tourists feel confident and comfortable out on the waters. 

Windsurf Locations in Çeşme: Ilıca Beach, Alaçatı,Altinkum Beach

Kitesurf Locations in Çeşme: Alaçatı, Pırlanta Beach




Çeşme,Gaziemir,Foça,Urla are dive locations in İzmir.  There are also a variety of Diving Schools.

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