The ruins at Ephesus, near Selcuk, are an experience not to be missed for those interested in classical history. Two bits of advice: There is little to no natural shade at the site, and nowhere to buy water. So come prepared with sunscreen and a hat (an umbrella can really help to minimize the effect of the hot sun) and water. Make sure you buy optional tickets at the entrance for the "terrace houses" - classical villas in the process of excavation/conservation. For some reasons, many guides try to skip this, and our group of 12 agreed it was a highlight of the visit. (Yes, our guide tried to skip it, but we insisted.) You will see the excavation of 9 villas in progress, under the shelter of a tin roof. Many of the villas are in an excellent state, with original frescos and mosaic floors clearly visible. Like visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum. Tickets for entry are only available at the main gate, and it is a long walk back - so buy these tickets when you purchase your entry ticket at the main gate.
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