Location / Place To Visit / Şirince
Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. The village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village cirkince (ugly) to deter others from following them .
Şirince's name was changed in 1926 by the then governor of Izmir to a more honest sirince (pleasant) Most of the houses in Şirince today were built around the 19th century or earlier when Şirince was predominantly a Greek village, today some of them have been restored and turned into pensions for over-night guests.
Souvenir shops, an open market, a dozen restaurants and a few guest houses scatter the pretty cobbled streets of the village. Although tourism has come into the village, farming remains the foremost activity. Villagers make olive oil, and grow some of the best peaches in the country.
Şirince is probably most famous for it’s wine production. You see many wine houses around where you can taste the many sorts of grape and fruit wines they make.
As well as a mosque, there are also two churches in Şirince. The St John Baptist church, set in a courtyard with a fountain, has being restored by the ministry of culture of Turkey.