What can you do in Ephesus in One Day?
Explore the Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus is a popular tourist destination in Turkey. The majestic monuments that remain indicate that this massive and magnificent Greco-Roman city was once home to 250,000 inhabitants and that it was a vibrant and wealthy metropolis. Ephesus, which was supposedly founded by the Ionian prince Androclus in the 10th century BC, was not only a trading center but also a major pilgrimage destination, with the Temple of Artemis constructed in the 10th century BC. Ephesus is worth visiting, definitely.
See the Terrace Houses
The Terrace Houses complex was discovered in 1962 and has since become the centerpiece of the ancient city. It represents the opulent lifestyles of Ephesus’ affluent residents. All of the floors are covered in mosaics, and the walls are white, reflecting the wealthy Ephesians’ artistic taste. Don’t forget the latrines right across the structure where the wealthy sent their slaves to steam up the marble until they relaxed when you finished your tour of the Terrace Houses.
Visit Virgin Mary’s House
Things to do in Ephesus are a lot and one of them is the House of Virgin Mary. The shrine was discovered thanks to Anne Catherine Emmerich’s visions by missionaries from nearby Izmir, who were inspired by Clemens Brentano’s novel, which met with Anne Catherine and released her visions. Since the Virgin Mary is mentioned in the Holy Quran, the shrine is significant to both Christians and Muslims today. You will avoid the crowds if you go near lunchtime, as buses crowd the shrine in the morning.
See the Basilica of St John
The other thing to do in Ephesus is visiting the St John Basilica. Saint John the Baptist remained in the area after taking Jesus’ mother to Ephesus and started to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The castle constructed a cathedral in his honor in Selcuk city, and he was buried there as well. From the Cathedral’s terraces, there are spectacular views of the Ephesus plains all the way down to the Aegean Sea, and you can see the condition of those plains during the Roman times.
Watch the Sunset in Kusadasi
One of the must things to do near Ephesus is watching the sunset in Kusadasi which is one of the best holiday destinations in Turkey. Kusadasi town is just 25 minutes from Selcuk town and is a popular tourist destination for locals and visitors alike. Thousands of tourists visit the harbor each year to return to Ephesus after cruises in the Greek Islands, and you can easily take the ferry to Samos Island to combine your Turkey and Greek Islands holiday.
Kusadasi city center is full of nice restaurants and cafes with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea’s turquoise waters. We strongly advise you to end your day with your loved ones and a cold beverage while watching the sun set over the sea, after you finish one of our Private Ephesus Tours.