Lying a fair distance away from the Mediterranean coast, in the centre of huge Cilician Plains and on the banks of Seyhan River, Adana is one of the most populated cities in Turkey with a population of over 1.5 million. It's not much known as a tourism destination, though, especially when compared with its southern and western neighbours. However, that being said there are a number of sites of interest in the surrounding countryside.
Modern Adana consists of two quite separate sections: cramped old city centre and newer, mostly high-rise suburbs overlooking the Seyhan dam to north of the old centre, usually called Kuzey Adana or Yeni Adana (i.e. "North Adana" or "New Adana", respectively).
Flights arrive at the Adana Sakirpasa Airport (IATA: ADA, ICAO: LTAF)  located in the city outskirts. It's a fairly short cab ride to city center and is served frequently by dolmus.
Trains are a slower way of reaching here, the İçanadolu Mavi Tren departs Haydarpaşa station in Istanbul nightly at 11:50PM, arriving in Adana the next evening around 6:40PM. Journey time is just about 19 hours. Ankara is also served by an over-night sleeper named Çukurova Mavi Tren, taking around 12 hours. However, a new high-speed service is beeing built and travel time from the capital Ankara will be greatly reduced in the near future. As for international connections, it is no longer possible to travel here from Syria as the once-weekly train from Aleppo is now halted indefinitely.
As with the rest of the country, another common way of getting here is to use the buses. They arrive here frequently from Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and several other cities around Turkey. Journey time from Istanbul is around twelve hours, fares starting at 50 TL. Inter-city bus companies includes Varan , Ulusoy , and Metro . Make sure you get off at the right station as most buses also stop at a station in the suburbs, about 4 km west of city centre. Getting off at the wrong station may be frustrating, but not an disaster since a local bus connects them. The bus station in city centre lies close to the Hilton hotel.
Driving to Adana is an option; from Ankara, the national capital, there is highway all the way (European road number: E90) but distances are long. The motorway O-21 will connect the two cities, but it doesn't reach any further north from Niğde for the time being. However, even if there is no motorway for about half of the route from Ankara, the current highway has seperated directions all along it, anyway. Once you have passed the pass of Cilician Gates (Gülek Boğazı) through the Taurus Mountains into the Cilician Plains, take O-51 eastwards.
Walking in Adana — you can explore downtown Adana by walking. It is very easy and enjoyable to walk around city centre.
City buses — Extensive bus network including city buses and dolmuş.
Adana Metro — There is also a subway line, which recently opened, though on a short stub of 8 stations.
Many taxis with prices comparable to the rest of the country.
Justinianus Roman Bridge
Seyhan Dam, Love Island and American Island
Çatalan Bridge (longest bridge in Turkey)
Old Town and the Clock Tower
Old Dam and Dilberler Seki Road (riverside)
Archaeological Museum of Adana — Opened and now entrance fee, but except the stone monuments the museum artifacts are in restauration process (September 2012)
Sabancı Mosque — One place you should not miss while in Adana. The mosque was built in 1999 and is the largest mosque in Turkey.
Ethnographic Museum of Adana.
Misis Mosaic Museum.
State Fine Arts Gallery.
Driving by the lake and seeing the beautiful view is one of the things you can do while in Adana. Most of the locals spend their evenings drinking beer by the lake.
You can visit ancient cities around Adana, such as Magarsus, Ayas, Commana, Castabala, and Misis.
You can go to Akyatan Lagoon or Kapuzbasi Waterfall.
You can swim (in Karataş on the Mediterranean coast, south of Adana).
You can go to Aqualand (wave pool, lazy river and various slides).
There are 3 saunas in downtown (Yeni Sauna, Bizim Sauna and Sirin Sauna). Entrance fee is 10 euros, and massage costs a further 10 euros. Also you can go to more traditional Turkish baths.
Adana has four malls (Optimum, Galleria, M1 and Carrefour). Optimum Outlet and M1 Shopping Centre are the largest. Optimum was opened in mid 2011 and is the newest. M1 and Optimum share many of the same stores where you can find almost all of the world class brands. (Real Hypermarket, Praktiker, Media Markt, Zara, Mudo City, Cinebonus, Tepe Home, Toys R'Us, Gap, US Polo)
Adana Kebab — Delicious and famous Adana Kebap and mezzes, usually accompanied by Şalgam (turnip) juice and/or Raki (traditional Turkish alcoholic drink).
Adana has a lot of famous restaurants that serves the region's specialties, especially famous Adana Kebab:
Cafe Ora is located on Baraj road, very close to bus station, place also has a bar on second floor. You can have a bici bici (traditional Adana sweet) for 3 TL there.
Mado's — a sweet shop located on Cemal Paşa. More high class than your regular street vendor and a little pricey, but delicious food. You should eat special Turkish ice cream. Mado shops are located on Cemalpasa, Kurttepe, Toros Street, Carrefour Mall and M1 Mall.
Starbucks — There are 4 Starbucks Coffee shops in Adana (Ziyapasa Avenue, M1 Shopping Centre, Cukurova University Campus, and New Adana), in addition to one in Incirlik.
The North Shield — Located on Ziyapasa avenue, generally a quiet atmosphere that is good to take a few friends too.
Istanbul Bar — In Cemalpasa. A cool, chill out bar with groovy music with a wide selection of unusual but fun cocktails! Open until the last customer leaves.
Pickup Rock Bar — Downstairs in the Cemalpasa area, this bar usually has live Turkish bands covering American rock on weekends. Closed early in the week, on the days that it is open, you can get in until late in the morning. Crowds usually start showing up around 11:30PM, the time the band starts playing. Efes on tap can be bought here for 6 TL a pint.
Nargile Bar — A downtempo place located in New Adana, this is more for a young working class. Many of the patrons are between 20 and 30, and for the most part are out of university. Live turkish music is played here almost every night, and Tuborg Green can be bought on tap for 4.50 TL a pint. Hours are generally 4PM to 3AM.
Hilton Adana is the tallest building in town situated close to the Seyhan river and city center. Looks quite strange in a not that big town to have such a huge Hilton Hotel. Prices from 100 € (internet) up to whatever.
Seyhan Hotel and Sürmeli Hotel are other 5 star hotels in Adana.
There are some very cheap hotels near the big mosque, Konya and Garajlar Hotel. At Konya Hotel normally the price is 20 TL (30 TL with Air-con), but if you insist, they can give you a small room with a less price. The rooms are clean but there is no heater. In Garajlar Hotel price is 15 TL, but you will have to pay for the bath (5 TL).
Adana's telephone code is (+90) 322.
Some of the towns and sights around Adana include:
Tarsus — St. Paul's Well is in a courtyard long believed to be the site of St. Paul's house. You can also visit The Cleopatra Gate, Roman road and Tarsus Museum in Tarsus
Mersin — situated 65 km west of Adana, another large city in the area, although this one is on the coast.
Incirlik — situated 10 km east of Adana, site of a NATO base with a majority U.S. presence.
Antakya — a few hours to south, with lots of history.
Kizkalesi — about 100 km to west, a castle on an islet off shore.
Karatepe — ruins of a Hittite city in the pine woods near a dam lake northeast of city.
Anavarza — ruins of a small Roman town with a ruined bath turned museum about 30min north of Yilan Castle. You can also hike up the lengthy stairway to reach a large Crusader castle atop a high rock outcropping overlooking the ruined city.
Yılan Castle — Crusader-era castle on the top of a rocky hill surrounded by endless flat plains east of city, on the road/railway to Osmaniye. Take a minibus from Adana to Ceyhan and ask for Yılan Kale, on your way back just wait for one again.
Misis Mosaic Museum — On the historical Silk Road, at a distance of 26 km. from Adana. 5 TL, but ın September 2012 fee-free.