Getting to Sirince Village
We went to Sirince Village from the Selçuk otogar (bus station) and took the minibus or dolmus, as it is called in Turkey. For only 6 TL, the trip took around 15 minutes. I loved the green mountain views as we went up the winding road to the village.
My anticipation of the countryside feel of Sirince Village did not go in vain as I saw the picturesque village. The dolmus, by the way, stops right to the center of the village, and gets passengers back to Selçuk in the same area.
A Little History
Sirince Village used to be occupied by Greek Orthodox and later became a fusion of Turk-Greek population. Typical Greek houses can still be seen today. The first settlers named the village as Cirkince, which means ugly, to prevent outsiders from coming into the village. It was changed afterwards to Şirince, which means pretty. True to its current name, the village’s beauty has lured tourists to visit this quaint little village.
A Walk Through the Village
Sirince is nestled on top of a hill and as you would expect, the walk is quite…well, hilly. Every photography enthusiast like me will surely find their senses amplified as they walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of Sirince. Think about a cluster of red-tiled roof and old-fashioned stone houses, colorful shops, green landscapes and Turkish women in colorful traditional Turkish clothes.
The parts were shops are lined up are touristy, but going around, I found plenty of quiet spots with only a few souls passing by. And these are where I found the authentic village atmosphere. I am not sure whether it’s just that our timing was not the peak season for tourists yet (went during the last weeks of March 2016) or whether peak season should’ve already begun, but the terror attacks in some parts of Turkey had taken a toll on tourism.
At any rate, I so loved the quaint and rustic atmosphere of Sirince village. Some of the stone houses are so old that it looks like abandoned already. Seeing a large tractor passing by made the place even more authentic.
The village minaret
An old Orthodox Church
Great view from the church
Our visit to this charming village is very short. In fact, I felt rushed because we have to get back to our Selçuk guesthouse in time for our transit to the airport. My sensory cells were not yet willing to leave Sirince but we must go.
Sirince village is definitely one of those places I’d love to go back to and spend more time with. I would even consider staying here for a night or so. I would love to experience the real village life, especially the early morning and evenings while the day-trippers are gone.