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Revision as of 10:20, 3 September 2010

Mersin is a city in Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. It's the capital city of Mersin Province.

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Get in

By train

There are fairly modern and air-con trains every hour or more frequently during the rush hours to and from Adana and Tarsus.

There are trains to and from Istanbul, Eskisehir and Ankara with a stop-over and change at Yenice, east of Mersin.

The only international train link is from Syrian city of Aleppo, from where weekly trains depart at 3AM on Fridays, and arriving in Mersin about nine hours later, at 12:18PM. They cost € 14 pp.

By plane

There are flights to and from Istanbul and Ankara to the closest airport, Adana Sakirpasa Airport. There are shuttles from the airport to Mersin.


By bus

There is a bus station in eastern part of the city. There are city buses running between the city center and the bus station. Usually each bus company has its own shuttles running between city center, western (coastal part) and the bus station. From the bus station there are buses to almost every city in Turkey and to small cities and villages in Mersin Province.

Get around

See

  • Ulu Mosque
  • Mugdat Mosque
  • Flamingo Park
  • Ataturk's House

Do

  • Walk on the Antic Road, constructed in Roman Period.
  • Mounted excursion in an ambient within nature at mounted sports club.

Buy

Buy very high quality leather jackets from the bazaar just beside Holly Mosque (local name Ulu Cami). Don't forget to bargain, and after bargaining for 15 minutes, you might be able to buy leather jacket for half price.

Eat

Tantuni is one of the most famous food in this region. Don't leave the city without tasting it. In the center of the city, you will see several small local restaurants with this special fantastique food.

Haslets are very common ingredients of the food in Mersin. There are dishes made with intestines, lung, liver, kidneys, stomach, brain. Even though there are restaurants serving this food all through out the day, this type of food can be found easily late at nights. Especially soups with inner organs are drank late at night after consumption of alcohol.

Cezerye is a mix made of carrots and fig and lots of spices may also include nuts depending on where you buy it from.

Kerebic is dessert unique to this area. It is a dough filled with pistachios and served with vegetarian cream on top of it.

Künefe is also another dessert completely unique to the arabic influented areas. Its oven baked shredded pastry with salt-free cheese filling in thick syrup. Although its really requires a developed taste, it carries the spirit of the vicinity

Drink

Salgam can be found on every street in Mersin even though it is a drink from Adana. Since the cities in Cukurova all have similar cuisines taste of Salgam doesn't differ that much.

In the past there were many Boyan (licorice drink) sellers in the city center. Such drink still exists but cannot be found easily.

Sleep

There are many hotels in the city, but one of the best ones is Sultasa Hotel. It is a kind of in the city center. The entrance fee for this place is 35YTL excluding accommodation. For accommodation, you should pay 80YTL more.

Get out

  • Kizkalesi (Maiden's Castle) and Cennet-Cehennem (Heaven-Hell) are located west of city, about 60 km away, on the Mediterranean shore.
  • Adam Kayalar— Near Cennet-Cehennem, a few km inland, are many ruins, ancient gravings and human body reliefs carved on rocks.
  • Tarsus to the east is a historical wonder by richness of religious and biblical entities' mausoleums.


Routes through Mersin
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