Mersin ili is a province in southern Turkey on the Mediterranean coast between Antalya and Adana. The city Mersin is the capital of the province and where I currently live. If you are looking at visiting Mersin (or perhaps moving here) remember that Mersin is a huge area of some 15,853 km² so its kind of a big area.
Many people have complained to me that Mersin does not have decent information for the tourist and so, in order to be a helpful kind of soul, I’ve put together information on a few of my favourite spots. Hope it helps.
Drive time from Mersin? 2 hours west of Mersin but there are many spots to stop along the way so enjoy yourself. The road (D400) is much safer now as well with separate carriageway for a large portion of the drive.
Heaven and Hell Feel like exerting yourself? Then a trip to Cennet ve Cehennem is for you.
Narlikuyu is located about 10 minutes past Kizkalesi. There are no buses to the sinkholes so you either will need a car or a hellish walk to begin your hellish walk.
Yaprakli Koy Susanoğlu Again just past Kizkalesi is another little piece of paradise. The beaches along here are all wonderful. They are clean, easy to get to and cheap to visit. One of my favourite little spots is Yaprakli Koy Susanoğlu and, depending on the time of year you go, you with either be surrounded by locals or have the whole place to yourself. Check it out.
Tarsus If you find yourself travelling east through to Adana and want a stop along the way, a morning spent in Tarsus is a morning well spent. Very historical, many Christian artefacts. Lots to see.
Soli Pompeiopolis Not far from the centre of Mersin city is Soli Pompeiopolis. It is only small and is in the middle of a residential area but it gives a good example of Roman ruins here in Mersin. Getting to the site is easy with two buses servicing the area and a pleasant beach is only moments away. Walk back up to Viransehir where there are some great little restaurants. Well worth a visit.
Silifke Kalesi Looking for a day trip from Mersin. Perhaps visiting Silifke Kalesi and learning about its gruesome history will keep you interested and the kids occupied.
Shopping Mersin has many small shops filled with local merchandise however for the tourist the only real shopping centre would be Forum. It has many internationally known brands including Polo Garage, Bershka, and Zara. Definitely reasonably priced (compared to European prices) and safe to visit (security guards abound). There is also Mersin Marina for shopping and, although not as many choices for those desperate to spend their lira, what it does have is a great choice of Turkish and International restaurants. Try Big Chefs, Blush or Wo-Wo for international cuisine or Gönül Kahvesi, İskele Balık Restoran for a taste of Turkey. Oh and yes there is Starbucks and Burger King for those who can’t survive without it.
If you want to have a more Turkish shopping experience then the small markets in Carsi would be worth a visit. The Saturday vegetable markets are Carsi are a bit of a must see and you will walk out of there with more fruit and vegetables than you can carry from the change in your pocket.
Visiting in Winter? We’ve got you sorted. Sure we can get the occasional “Mersinaggedon” but for the other 364 days of the year Mersin is pretty pleasant.
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