Attractions

Top Choice Cave in Narlıkuyu

Caves of Heaven and Hell

Near Narlıkuyu, a road winds north for 1.5km to several caves – sinkholes carved out by a subterranean river and places of great mythological significance. The walk from Narlıkuyu junction to the main entrance gate …
Top Choice Museum in Antakya

Hatay Archaeology Museum

This museum contains one of the world's finest collections of Roman and Byzantine mosaics, covering a period from the 1st century AD to the 5th century. Many were recovered almost intact from Tarsus or Harbiye (Daph…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Eastern Mediterranean

Karatepe-Aslantaş Open-Air Museum

Archaeology buffs should make a beeline for the Karatepe-Aslantaş Open-Air Museum, within the national park of the same name. The ruins date from the 8th century BC, when this was an important town for the late-Hitt…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Anamur

Anemurium Ancient City

Anemurium's sprawling and eerily quiet ruins stretch for 500m down to a pebble beach, with mammoth city walls scaling the mountainside above. From the huge necropolis area (which itself looks like a city), walk sout…
Top Choice Ruins in Eastern Mediterranean

Alahan Monastery

Tentatively listed for World Heritage status, this remarkable monastery perches on a terraced slope high above the Göksu Valley. Above the entrance is a cave-church chiselled into the cliff face. A grand entry adorn…
Top Choice Mosque in Adana

Sabancı Merkez Camii

The most imposing mosque in Adana is the six-minaret Sabancı Merkez Camii, rising gracefully from the left bank of the Seyhan River. The largest mosque between İstanbul and Saudi Arabia, it was built by the late ind…
Top Choice Fortress in Alanya

Alanya Castle

Surmounting Alanya's rocky peninsula is its awesome Seljuk-era castle, wrapped in 6.5km of walls and tentatively awaiting Unesco World Heritage listing. Climb to it through the steep streets of the Tophane district …
Ruins in Uzuncaburç

Uzuncaburç Ruins

The remnants of Roman Diocaesarea sit within the village of Uzuncaburç, 30km northeast of Silifke. Originally this was the Hellenistic city of Olba, home to a zealous cult that worshipped Zeus Olbius.The impressive …
Historic Site in Tarsus

Old City

The compact Old City lies between Adana Bulvarı and Hal Caddesi. It includes a wonderful 60m-long stretch of Roman road and a labyrinth of alleyways hemmed by historical Tarsus houses, many crumbling, but one now ho…
Church in Antakya

Church of St Peter

This early Christian church cut into the slopes of Mt Staurin (Mountain of the Cross) is thought to be the earliest place where the newly converted met and prayed secretly. Both Peter and Paul lived in Antioch for a…