SIRINCE VILLAGE or "Pretty" village
One of the many options open to Archaeologous Day Tour clients is Sirince, a small quaint village nestled in the picturesque mountains above the famous ancient site of Ephesus.
If you are a Mediterranean cruise ship passenger who is stopping in either Izmir or Kusadasi ports, the opportunity to visit this peaceful, historic, and friendly village is definitely something to consider.
Because of the hidden and protected position of this area, Sirince has been alive and vibrant for centuries. Sirince, in Turkish, means pretty, sweet or charming---actually, the inhabitants used to call their home town the equivalent of "ugly" in Turkish in order to dissuade foreigners from visiting there and upsetting the tranquility and status quo.
Due to its fortuitous geographic location, Sirince has a rich array of "fruit trees" which include pomegranate, cherry, plum, quince, orange, apricot, blackberry, blueberry, peach, banana, and apple varieties. From all of these local sources of fruit emanates the "numerous wines", for which Sirince is renown.
You can taste prior to making a decision on whether or not you would like to make a purchase. The people, all from only about 700 homes, are quite warm, friendly, and charming. They have the time and interest to answer all of your questions and you come away feeling that perhaps small community life could be an anecdote to the frantic and quick pace of modern existence.
There are hand and homemade crafts for sale as well as fabulous restaurants serving authentic Turkish country-style cuisine all made from the local produce.
If you are on a day tour and are looking for something off the beaten path, good food and wine, warm hospitality, and memories to remain with you for a lifetime, Sirince would be an excellent choice.