Visit the ancient area of Ephesus and explore the impressive ruins of the fabled city. Once part of Ancient Greece, the area was later a major Roman city. Today, Ephesus can be found near present-day Selcuk, in Turkey's Izmir Province. Make the drive yourself or join a tour and let the guide teach you about the city and take you to all the best places.
Explore this ancient cityWith one of the largest sets of Roman ruins in the eastern Aegean area, you can take a step back in time on a day of sightseeing in Ephesus. It is roughly an hour and a half away from Cesme, making it an excellent option if you want to explore Turkey on short day trips. Ephesus boasts a number of notable attractions, but in particular, visitors are often drawn to the Church of the Virgin Mary, also sometimes called the Double Church or Council Church. The ancient Christian cathedral was first built in the 5th century, and since then fell into ruin before later being restored. Another beautiful, almost unbelievable sight is the crumbling library. Although the roof has collapsed, the facade still stands and is a marvelous piece of stone and marble architecture.
Join a tour or drive yourselfWhen choosing a tour company, be sure to check how much time is spent at each location. You can ask for tour recommendations at the reception at the hotel to ensure you find the best option. If you have your own car, then it is worth finding out what parts of the city you want to see most and driving there yourself. No matter which you choose, be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water and a hat, as it is warm and there isn't much shade.
Located less than two hours from Ephesus, The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme offers you perfect accommodation if you want to explore a little further into Turkey's past. Enjoy the best local attractions, beach side access, as well as a world-class spa during your stay and take advantage of convenient links to other popular destinations like Chios and Ephesus.