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Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is situated at a Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

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Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

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Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

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Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Şirince: As charming as the meaning of the name indicates, Şirince is a lovely little village comprised of narrow streets with old adjacent houses. Though a small village, Şirince is worldwide famous as the hub of fruit wines.

Şirince is a district of Selçuk located in Izmir province. According to old sources the history of the town, referred to as “Ephesus in the Mountains,” dates back to the ancient times.

It is known that the crisp white
houses that are well preserved in the present day were constructed in the 19thcentury.  Preserved in their original architectural state amidst a lush green landscape, the houses reveal a magnificent view. 

Well known for its boutique hotels
, small restaurants, wine cellars and hospitable Aegean people, Şirince is ready to welcome guests in any season!



Şirince, the name of which means “charming”, is an Aegean village that is indeed identical with the meaning of its name for its magnificent landscape composed of lush green forests , olive trees and ample vineyards.
In the vicinity of Izmir and holiday resorts such as Çeşme and Kuşadasi, Şirince welcomes you with an amazing view of forested hills by the end of an uphill road.
The stands and little shops located at the entrance of the village, selling all sorts of home made delicacies and hand made souvenirs, render a colorful view in the eye of the visitors. In addition, the local wine producers often welcome their guests by offering  free samples of the fruit wine made of the grapes and fruits grown in the region.
Following the steep and paved streets of the village you will either come across an old house steeped in history or some corner where local delicacies are sold if not some carefully preserved buildings or monuments of interest. Operated also as boutique hotels, the interior decorations of these quaint houses are interesting as well.
You may enjoy a glass of wine and try some of the traditional specialties of the Aegean cuisine at the local restaurants and give your evening a finishing touch by trying some of the gummy ice cream and desserts made according to local recipe.
The two historic churches located in the small village will not only take you to the 19th century but also impress you with their architecture and chiaroscuro.
The soaps, jams and local souvenirs made of a variety of natural products are ideal tokens of a memorable visit to the village and may also be given as gifts to loved ones.
As for the scenery, you will enjoy watching the sunset in Şirince as the orange colors of the evening beam on the wooden windows of the white washed houses of the village and also take pleasure in the view as the sun rises again behind the lush green hills.
Şirince is the ideal holiday destination for vacationers who delight in exploring ancient villages and natural wonders.


As a small but charming village Şirince attracts great attention for its festival offering a rich program with colorful activities.
Organized in October every year, the Şirince Vintage Culture, Art and Friendship Festival becomes the scene of a variety of entertaining activities and events such as live performances, wine tastings and dance shows.

How can I get there?

In close proximity to Izmir, Şirince is within easy reach via a variety of transportation alternatives.
There are direct flights to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport from all destinations of Turkey and major destinations of Europe. The transportation vehicles leaving from the airport will take the passengers to Selçuk where they can get on the minibuses to Şirince.
Izmir is also accessible via highway. Visitors to Şirince can take one of the buses from Izmir to Selçuk and get on the minibuses to Şirince from there.
Another alternative is to rent a car and enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscape while driving uphill in the direction of Şirince.