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Mersin’s City Forest / Mersin Şehir Ormanı

Mersin’s City Forest / Mersin Şehir Ormanı

If you’re in Mersin and looking for a quick getaway to some cooler temperatures, some great views of the city, and some trail hiking, head up to the City Forest (Şehir Ormanı) north of the city. The forest is situated on a “yayla,” or plateau, above...
Korykos

Korykos

Kızkalesi, in ancient times known as Korykos, is known by locals as having some of the best beaches in Turkey. And while the beaches are really worth coming for, while you’re here don’t miss out on the history that awaits your discovery. In Roman times,...
Cilician Gates & Gülek Castle / Gülek Boğazı ve Kalesi

Cilician Gates & Gülek Castle / Gülek Boğazı ve Kalesi

The Pass For most of recorded history, the Cilician Gates have been the main thoroughfare of travel between Asia Minor and the lands of Syria and beyond. This pass of the Cilician Gates (Πulai Κιλικία in Greek, Gülek Boğazı -the throat of Gülek- in Turkish) has been...
Başnalar Castle / Başnalar Kalesi

Başnalar Castle / Başnalar Kalesi

If you’re looking for a good hike and a view from far above the city of Mersin and the sea, then Başnalar Castle is a trek for you! Dating back to the Middle Ages (approximately 10-12th century, this castle sits atop a 800m tall mountain with valleys on three...