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About Ephesus

Ephesus backpacking tours offer the chance to view one of the world's ancient super cities - where Roman and Greek legends battled it out to reign victorious, resulting in a city full of ancient ruins and sites dating back centuries of years in time.


Airports in Ephesus include:
•Selçuk Airport
•Izmir Airport


Ephesus conservation is vital to protect this ancient area's natural and historical attractions. As some of the sites date back centuries to some of the very earliest times in the ancient world, preserving the city is a hugely important factor to ensure that it can be enjoyed for future generations.


Ephesus cultures include the following aspects:
•Food and drink


Health precautions in Ephesus include the following:
•It is best to avoid tap water, and stick to bottled water
•Vaccinations are essential when travelling to Turkey and any of its cities
•Food can be on the rich side, so tummy bugs can occur
•Medical facilities in the nearby small town of Selcuk may not be on a par with the bigger city hospitals and clinics


Ephesus languages include the following:


Ephesus money & banking information is as follows:
•The Turkish currency is the New Turkish Lira
•Banknotes come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Lira denominations
•The Lira consists of 100 Kurus
•Banking hours are 8.30 am-12.30 pm and 1.30 pm-5 pm, Monday to Saturday.
•Are generally more efficient in the cities of Izmir or Istanbul


Ephesus people include the following:
•Minority groups


Ephesus local phrases include:
•Merhaba (Mer-ha-ba) Hello
•Gunaydin (guen-eye dhun) Good morning
•Evet (Eh-vet) Yes
•Hayir (h-eye-uhr) No
•Lutfen (lewt-fen) Please


Ephesus plants are typical of the forest and coastal habitats of the Aegean region, with a number of broadleaf deciduous plants, pine forests, oak forests, steppe, shrubs as well as flowering plants and wildflowers, plus edible plants and crops to be found across the region amidst the sites.

Safety Tips

•Ephesus is generally a safe city for travel
•Scams can occur, especially for single travellers, be on the lookout for suspicious activity
•Take general care to stay healthy and safe, and do not trust anyone who does not seem legitimate


Ephesus transport includes the following options:

Travel Books

Ephesus travel book reviews include:
•St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeology by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
•Turkey Travel Map by Globetrotter
•Lonely Planet Turkey Country Guide by Tom Brosnahan and James Bainbridge
•Turkey Insight Guide by Reinhard Bockhorni
•Turkey - Bright Sun, Strong Tea: On the Road with a Travel Writer by Tom Brosnahan

What To Buy

What to buy for holidays in Ephesus:
•Spare batteries for torches and camera
•Guide books, Turkish phrase books, guide to the runs and ancient sites
•Thick socks for hiking boots
•First aid kit for travel purposes
•Large refillable water bottle, or plenty of bottled water

What To Pack

What to pack for safari in Ephesus:
•Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses
•Bathing suit and towels
•Comfortable walking shoes plus sandals
•Camera with spare batteries and memory card/film
•Binoculars for bird spotting
•Guide book and phrase book
•Mosquito repellent and first aid kit

When To Go

When to go to Ephesus:
•Spring has the best weather, with long days and less tourists
•Autumn has mild weather, with shorter days and more rain
•Summer is hot in most regions, with clear weather and more tourists
•Winter is milder than other parts of the country, with some rain


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