Ephesus--or Effes--is an ancient city on Turkey's Aegean coast near the town of Selçuk. It is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean. It offers a tremendous insight into Greek and Roman life of the times, and has a religious component: The Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days here, and both St. Paul and St. John spent time in Ephesus. Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here, and St. John is believed to have written his gospel in Ephesus.
In the spring, April, May, and the late fall months of October and November are the best times to visit Ephesus. Heat seekers may wish to visit in summer, when there is little chance of rain and the average high temperatures run into the 90s.
The coldest weather is found in January and February, but it seldom snows.
As you can see from the precipitation chart below, the rainy season is between October and April.
The best time to swim in the sea off Ephesus is July, when the average water temperature is 75°F.
The chart below shows the historic high and low temperatures in °F, with the rainfall in inches below that.
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