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Adana (Turkey)

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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1hr 30min flight from Istanbul
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Adana

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

The fifth largest town in Turkey, Adana is a vibrant, urban hub , situated about 20km inland.

My suggestion:
If you do spend time at Adana, check out Iskender Bay, where you'll find the ruins of an Armenian Cilician Dynasty castle.

Dynamic, buzzing and contemporary, Adana's visitors will enjoy its comfortable lifestyle . It's local economy is flourishing, it's town centre is ultra-modern and it boasts an impressive culinary heritage - the Adana Kebabs will have you drooling. At the same time, I wouldn't recommend the town to travellers who are on a cultural trail during their time in Turkey. Adana doesn't have many tourist attractions and is really a place for those seeking an urban buzz. If that's not your case, then you'll be better off heading to the nearby coastal towns.

Being a busy intersection, you may well pass through the town, so I'd still suggest you stop for a few hours and enjoy a coffee break on one of its many, shady cafe terraces.

Adana's mosque and old bridge
Clemence Zisswiller Travel writer
33 travel articles

Adana is classed as the fifth most important city in Turkey. Its population has shot up in recent years, and therefore is a large economic and industrial centre.

My suggestion:
A key crossroads, Adana links up numerous cities on the coast. Take advantage of this and include this destination in your itinerary.

It was whilst travelling to Mersin that I stopped off at Adana. Located approximately thirty kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, this amazing city rejoices with effervescence. During the summer, the temperatures rise considerably. Thus, I strongly advise you to sit down in one of the numerous terraces located on the main streets and observe the bustling life.

Regarding monuments, Adana is considered "poor" compared with other cities in the country. Stroll along the arch bridge which cross the River Seyhan. Moreover, echoes ring around the subject of archaeology and ethnography museums.

Adana offers you tasting experiences during your trip to Turkey ! Thus, you can't leave the city without having tried the area's reputable dish: the Adana Kebap. This spicy, minced meat skewer is a delight for your taste buds. They are without doubt the best that I tried in the country. They are all served a la turka, that's to say, generously. Why not try the Salgam suyu, an amazing turnip juice? The local population like it with raki.

Sabanci Mosque and a stone bridge in Adana
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