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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
 
* [[Adana]] — undoubtedly capital of the region, a riverside city with some industry
 
* [[Adana]] — undoubtedly capital of the region, a riverside city with some industry
*[[Camliyayla]] (''Çamlıyayla'') {{-}} a town up in the mountains. Once used by people of Mersin as a summer retreat to escape hot weather.
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* [[Çamlıyayla]] {{-}} a town up in the mountains, once used by people of Mersin as a summer retreat to escape hot weather
 
* [[Karataş]] — a sea-side resort mainly enjoyed by locals of the region
 
* [[Karataş]] — a sea-side resort mainly enjoyed by locals of the region
*[[Mersin]] {{-}} the provincial capital. A rapidly growing industrial city in the eastern part of the province.
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*[[Mersin]] {{-}} a rapidly growing industrial city with pleasant palm-lined park on the waterfront; this is the region's major window to the sea
 
* [[Osmaniye]]
 
* [[Osmaniye]]
*[[Tarsus]] {{-}} the second biggest city of the province, once home of Saint Paulus.
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*[[Tarsus]] {{-}} a fairly large city between Mersin and Adana, with a well-preserved old quarter and sites related to Biblical personalities such as St Paul (one of the residents of the town)
 
* [[Yumurtalık]] — a town on the coast
 
* [[Yumurtalık]] — a town on the coast
  
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Cilician Plains are the largest lowland of Turkey with the occasional rocky hill topped by a Crusader castle. Cilician Plains geographically extends a little into [[Mersin Province]] (towards [[Tarsus]] and [[Mersin]]) in the west, however here we take them only as Adana and Osmaniye Provinces. The Plains are bordered by [[Central Anatolia]] to north, [[Southeastern Anatolia]] to east, and [[Hatay Province]] to southeast. There is a short strip of shoreline on the Mediterranean to the south, too, but unlike its westernly neighbours, this section of the coast is not renowned for beaches.
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Cilician Plains are the largest lowland of Turkey with the occasional rocky hill topped by a Crusader castle. In modern political terms, Cilician Plains extends over all of Adana and Osmaniye Provinces, and the eastern third of Mersin Province. The Plains are bordered by [[Cilician Mountains]] to west, [[Central Anatolia]] to north, [[Southeastern Anatolia]] to east, and [[Hatay]] to southeast. There is a shoreline on the Mediterranean to the south, too, but unlike its westernly neighbours, this section of the coast is not renowned for beaches.
  
 
The main industries of the past were (and to some degree, still are) cotton and citrus growing. Today some heavy industry has also entered the scene, as well as the oil and gas pipelines coming from the [[Caucasus]] and Caspian Sea and reaching the Med coast here.
 
The main industries of the past were (and to some degree, still are) cotton and citrus growing. Today some heavy industry has also entered the scene, as well as the oil and gas pipelines coming from the [[Caucasus]] and Caspian Sea and reaching the Med coast here.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
* [[Adana]]'s international airport is so far the only '''airport''' in the region.
 
* [[Adana]]'s international airport is so far the only '''airport''' in the region.
* Adana is well served by intercity '''bus'''es and '''train'''s.
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* Adana and [[Mersin]] is well served by intercity '''bus'''es and '''train'''s (you will need to transfer to a local train for Mersin, though, as the main trunk line bypasses the city).
* The region is connected by the''' motorways''' O-21 to north ([[Central Anatolia]]), O-51 to west ([[Mersin Province]]), O-52 to east ([[Southeastern Anatolia]]), O-53 to south ([[Hatay Province]]). There are also toll-free highways that are in fairly good condition from all directions.
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* The region is connected by the''' motorways''' O-21 to north ([[Central Anatolia]]), O-51 to west ([[Cilican Mountains]]), O-52 to east ([[Southeastern Anatolia]]), O-53 to south ([[Hatay]]). There are also toll-free highways that are in fairly good condition from all directions.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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However, due to the reports of banditry on quite desolate O-51/O-52, especially in the section between [[Adana]] and [[Osmaniye]], drivers are advised not to stop even on the orders from someone seemingly police or to help what is seemingly an accident on the edge of the road, as these are usual tricks known to make drivers stop and easily rob them of valuables.
 
However, due to the reports of banditry on quite desolate O-51/O-52, especially in the section between [[Adana]] and [[Osmaniye]], drivers are advised not to stop even on the orders from someone seemingly police or to help what is seemingly an accident on the edge of the road, as these are usual tricks known to make drivers stop and easily rob them of valuables.
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Fairly frequent and modern (best of all, air-con) '''trains''' connect [[Mersin]] with [[Adana]], also calling at [[Tarsus]], the other major city of the region, and [[Yenice]], town with the station on the national rail network, on the way. Services east from [[Adana]] (towards [[Toprakkale]] and [[Osmaniye]]) are spotty at best, with seemingly vintage passenger cars dating back to 1950s.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==

Revision as of 20:59, 27 October 2010

Cilician Plains, or Çukurova in modern Turkish, is in Mediterranean Turkey.

Contents

Regions

Cities

  • Adana — undoubtedly capital of the region, a riverside city with some industry
  • Çamlıyayla — a town up in the mountains, once used by people of Mersin as a summer retreat to escape hot weather
  • Karataş — a sea-side resort mainly enjoyed by locals of the region
  • Mersin — a rapidly growing industrial city with pleasant palm-lined park on the waterfront; this is the region's major window to the sea
  • Osmaniye
  • Tarsus — a fairly large city between Mersin and Adana, with a well-preserved old quarter and sites related to Biblical personalities such as St Paul (one of the residents of the town)
  • Yumurtalık — a town on the coast

Other destinations

Understand

Cilician Plains are the largest lowland of Turkey with the occasional rocky hill topped by a Crusader castle. In modern political terms, Cilician Plains extends over all of Adana and Osmaniye Provinces, and the eastern third of Mersin Province. The Plains are bordered by Cilician Mountains to west, Central Anatolia to north, Southeastern Anatolia to east, and Hatay to southeast. There is a shoreline on the Mediterranean to the south, too, but unlike its westernly neighbours, this section of the coast is not renowned for beaches.

The main industries of the past were (and to some degree, still are) cotton and citrus growing. Today some heavy industry has also entered the scene, as well as the oil and gas pipelines coming from the Caucasus and Caspian Sea and reaching the Med coast here.

Talk

Get in

  • Adana's international airport is so far the only airport in the region.
  • Adana and Mersin is well served by intercity buses and trains (you will need to transfer to a local train for Mersin, though, as the main trunk line bypasses the city).
  • The region is connected by the motorways O-21 to north (Central Anatolia), O-51 to west (Cilican Mountains), O-52 to east (Southeastern Anatolia), O-53 to south (Hatay). There are also toll-free highways that are in fairly good condition from all directions.

Get around

The highway D400, which traverses through major cities and towns of the region, and 8-lane motorway/toll-road O-51/O-52/E90, which lies a few km north of D400 (and thus bypassing the cities and towns), form the backbone of local traffic.

However, due to the reports of banditry on quite desolate O-51/O-52, especially in the section between Adana and Osmaniye, drivers are advised not to stop even on the orders from someone seemingly police or to help what is seemingly an accident on the edge of the road, as these are usual tricks known to make drivers stop and easily rob them of valuables.

Fairly frequent and modern (best of all, air-con) trains connect Mersin with Adana, also calling at Tarsus, the other major city of the region, and Yenice, town with the station on the national rail network, on the way. Services east from Adana (towards Toprakkale and Osmaniye) are spotty at best, with seemingly vintage passenger cars dating back to 1950s.

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Drink

  • Şalgam suyu or fermantated hot carrot juice, though possible to find at kebab joints and some supermarkets nationwide nowadays, is originated from this region.

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