Unlike many other ancient sites, you really feel what life might have been like in Ephesus - with streets, public baths, shops, library, theater and homes. You can check on the web when boats are in dock in nearby Kusadasi - and try and pick a day when there are fewer or ideally no ships in dock, which will limit the crowds. We visited on a day when there were no cruise excursions and the crowds really thinned out by the afternoon, although of course it is hot. From the parking lot, I would recommend avoiding the offers of a free ride in a carriage to the top of the site (with various extra stops along the way) and just take a waiting taxi to the top to start your visit. An absolute must is the visit to the Terrace Houses, although that carries an extra charge. This really makes the site come alive - with 6 dwelling units being actively excavated by archeologists as you watch. There are amazing mosaic floors and wall decoration, each unique from the other. Allow about 3 to 4 hours for the visit. Bathrooms and refreshments are only available at the top or bottom of the site - mostly outside the gates. Bring water in with you.
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