|This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30
km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed 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.
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, anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and
peach trees' views on his way.
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 restored
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
cafes or in the former municipal school restored. Though Sirince is
developing its tourism very quickly, it has been able to preserve
its authenticity and the meaning of its name.