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A view from the ruins of Anemurion. The headland in the centre-left of the photo marks the southernmost point of Anatolian landmass.

Anamur is a city (population: about 60,000) in the very south of Turkey, only a few kilometres away from Turkey’s southernmost point (that is where ancient city of Anemurium is located), near 36° N. Anamur is also the central point of the entire length of Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

Understand

The city consists of two parts: The older town centre leaning against the mountain ranges and newer coastal neighbourhood with concrete blocks mainly used by families as summer houses and about two and a half kilometres separating each other.

This is one of Turkey’s two banana-producing (in a commercial scale) regions, the other being Alanya. This fact is also apparent in that Anamur is usually a synonym for domestically-produced banana in Turkey.

The Pentadactylos/Beşparmak mountain range of Cyprus, 40 miles off-shore, is visible from Anamur on clear days.

Climate

There is a reason why otherwise tropical banana plants flourish in Anamur—in summers, it's an extremely hot and sticky place, where you will indeed be hard pressed to do anything which would require you to get out of shady areas, or even your air-con enclosure.

The temperatures never go as low as freezing point in Anamur—in fact, Anamur experiences only one day annually when temperature ever goes below +5°C/41°F on the average—and as such, snowfall is virtually unknown in rainy winters.

Sunny and warm springs, especially around April, is by far the most comfortable time to visit Anamur. Although evenings around this time of the year tend to be windy (the very word of Anamur derives from a Greek expression meaning "windy cape" after all), it is perfectly possible to walk around with just a t-shirt day and night during this season, although locals may think you should be crazy for not wearing a coat in such "cold" (!) weather.

Get in

By plane

Nearest airports for both international and domestic flights are in Antalya and in Adana, both about 250 km away.

By car

The town is served by D400, main highway between Antalya and Adana. Although these are two of Turkey’s biggest cities, and D400 is classified as a highway, the road to both directions is narrow (wide enough for two cars passing side by side though) and very winding.

By bus

All buses operating between Antalya and Adana and all the way to Southeastern region cities have to pass via Anamur, though it is not certain if they accept passengers for Anamur.

There is a 10AM bus daily from Alanya to Silifke which stops in Anamur.

Get around

There are minibuses connecting the town centre to the coast, but you may prefer walking. It takes no more than 30-40 minutes on foot.

See

Mamure Castle
  • Mamure castle, also known as Anamur castle, 5 km SE of Anamur, situated by the shore, on the road to Mersin. Dating back to Roman times and later used by Crusaders and Seljuqs, it is reported that this is one of the most scenic castles in Turkey.
  • Ancient city of Anemurium or Anemurion in Greek (also spelled as Anamuryum on road signs), name of which means “windy cape”, is located in a peninsula jutting out into Mediterranean Sea, which is the southernmost tip of Turkey. Anemurium was abandoned in about 7th century and features some partially ruined buildings—though still intact enough to give an idea about what they were like before they were abandoned—and high city walls on the side of a mountain, and is quite pleasant to walk around. Near Ören village, 5-10 km west of Anamur, near the road to Antalya (about 3 km towards the sea from the main road). 3 TL/person.

Do

  • Beaches. There are great undeveloped sandy beaches almost totally deserted around the ruins of Anemurion, with a seawater temperature close to the levels of a hot tub. However, take care of not disturbing turtle eggs of an endangered species (Caretta caretta), which lay eggs to many beaches in the area. Especially discouraged (and sometimes, outright banned) are using beach umbrellas or other objects with sharp ends, building firepits, and leaving behind even the smallest piece of trash. Sometimes local military police (jandarma) shuts the entrance to the beaches in the evening and through the night, out of environmental concerns.

Buy

As this is Turkey’s main banana producing region, you may assume that you will have bunches of banana in exchange of a few cents, but it is not the case. A kilogram of banana was about 2.00-2.50 YTL in April 2008, just short of a few coins of the price in Istanbul, a thousand kilometres north. For cheaper banana, head for Bozyazi, 15 km east.

There are two supermarkets (affiliated with the national chains Migros and BİM) in the coastal hood. Migros was closed as of April, 2008 (to be re-opened in summer, probably). There are one or two ATMs in the main street of coastal hood, it is reported that there are also one or two ATMs in the town centre. But it is not certain if they are connected to international network.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

You’ll find a hotel or two and some guesthouses (pansiyon) near the coast.

  • Eser Pansiyon, İnönü caddesi No:6, İskele (near the coast), +90 324 816 47 51 (), [1]. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioner. € 10/17/24 single/double/triple rooms Sept-Jun; € 13/20/28 single/double/triple rooms Jul-Aug.

Contact

The telephone code for Anamur is 324.

Get out

Depending on which direction you have arrived from, you're likely to either head west Alanya, and Manavgat on the road to Antalya; or east Aydincik, and Silifke on the road to Mersin. There is also a very winding and narrow mountain road, which can sufficiently satisfy most off-road driving enthusiasts, leading north to Ermenek, a small town over the Taurus Mountains, and the road eventually leads further north to Karaman and Konya in Central Anatolia. Ferries to Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus from town's harbour has been discountinued for some time now, and the nearest harbours with a connection to Cyprus are now Taşucu in the east and Alanya in the west.


Routes through Anamur
AntalyaAlanya  W noframe E  AydincikMersin




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