This pretty old Orthodox village was once named Çirkince ("ugly").
Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want
to be bothered by strangers.
Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly
at all and called it Şirince ("pretty"). Today the village is a
perfect synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture as of the 1920s:
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 and olive oil.
Another attraction of Şirince is its wine: try its taste in small
cafés or in the former municipal school restored.
Though Şirince is developing its tourism very quickly, it has been
able to preserve its authenticity and the meaning of its name.
8 kms east of Selçuk, world famous site with the ruins of Ephesus
and surrounded by olive groves, peach and tangerine orchards and
vineyards, this lovely hillside village's name can be translated as
While wandering around on the narrow streets squeezed by rows of
old houses exhibiting interesting local architectural heritage, you
will be missing the past old times. Sirince is an inspiring village.
Myths created for Sirince has reached the present day by gaining
more values during the times; old personalities of Sirince became
the heroes of novels and stories written about Sirince. One of them
is the famous biographical novel of Greek writer Dido Sotiriyu: "Farewell
Anatolia". Her childhood was full of memories from Sirince. "If
paradise really exists, Kirkindja, our village, was a little corner
of it" she says.
The old Kırkındja of Dido Sotiriyu and today's Sirince are very
much different, but they both challenge the passing time; one by
memories, the other by preserving the values. The old beauties can
be traced with tangerine clad trees, fresh oxygen storage air,
narrow streets with cobble stone pavements, warm and hospitable folk
and the well preserved old Greek houses.