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Anamur

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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 local (i.e., produced in Turkey) banana in Turkey is usually called shortly Anamur.

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.

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, also known as Anamur castle, 5 km SE of Anamur, situated by the shore, on the road to Mersin. Dating back to Roman times, it is reported that this is one of the most scenic castles in Turkey.
  • Ancient city of Anemurium, name of which means “windy cape”, is located in a peninsula jutting out into Mediterranean Sea. This is the southernmost tip of Turkey. Near Nasrettin village, 5-10 km west of Anamur, near the road to Antalya.

Do

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

Contact

The telephone code for Anamur is 324.

Get out

Alanya, and Manavgat on the road west to Antalya; Aydincik, and Silifke on the road east to Mersin; there are also ferries from the harbour to Northern Cyprus (Kyrenia) to the south.



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