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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Anamur-Antalya is 25TL, 5hrs (don't forget to bargain, Aug 2012). Silifke-Anamur is 2hrs, 10TL.
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.
- 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; no public transportation exists to the site from the main highway but it's an easy walk anyway). 3 TL/person.
- 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.
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, and that's right: 1.5 TL for 1 kg is a fair price, but be sure to not be cheated with the weight. 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. There are one or two ATMs in the main street of coastal hood and several in the town centre, concentrated on Bankacılar Cd including an HSBC (Oct 2012). But it is not certain if they are connected to international network.
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 ([email protected]), . 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.
- <sleep name="Mesut’un Yeri Pansiyon" alt="" address="" directions="When coming from east you'll see it on the right, right after the camping (on the left)." phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Easy bargainable to 30 TL breakfast included (aug 2012)." lat="" long="">Family run business, the also have a restaurant next to the pansyion. Cross the road and you'll find yourself on the beach with the niciest sight of the castle.
That road is the best ever for hitchhiking. Clean room with AC and TV. Nice restaurant near the camping with private table-tents on the beach.
The telephone code for Anamur is 324.
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.
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