Despite a pedigree stretching to the ancient Hittites and beyond, Adana is an energetic, modern place with just a handful of sights, some pretty good cafes and bars and excellent transport links. Turkey's fourth-largest city makes a good base for exploring the little-visited historic sites and ruins to the southwest, and if you've been travelling lazily along the Med, the urban buzz may be just the city-slicker injection you need.

The city is more or less cut in two by the D400 highway. North of the road (called Turan Cemal Beriker Bulvarı in town and running west to east and over Kennedy Bridge) are leafy and well-heeled districts. South of the trendy high-rise apartments and pavement bars and cafes, things get more cluttered and housing starts to sprawl. The Seyhan River delimits the city centre to the east.