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Archaeological Site in Kızkalesi

Elaiussa-Sebaste

Some 4km northeast of Kızkalesi at Ayaş are the extensive remains of ancient Elaiussa-Sebaste, a city dating back to the early Roman period and perhaps even to the Hittite era. Important structures on the left (west…
Castle in Kızkalesi

Corycus Castle

At the northern end of Kızkalesi beach, Corycus Castle was either built or rebuilt by the Byzantines, briefly occupied by the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia and once connected to Kızkalesi by a causeway. Walk carefully…
Castle in Kızkalesi

Kızkalesi Castle

Rising from an island 300m offshore, Kızkalesi Castle is like a suspended dream. Check out the mosaics in the central courtyard and the vaulted gallery, and climb one of the four towers (the one at the southeast cor…
Kebab in Kızkalesi

Zeugma

The best in a row of welcoming mangal (barbecue)/pide places on the main strip, Zeugma does spot-on mercimek çorbası (lentil soup, served with bread, herbs, pickled chillies, lemon and a drizzle of chilli oil – a li…
Bar in Kızkalesi

Albatros

One of the biggest clubs/bars on the Kızkalesi beach, the Albatros is perfect for sundowners around the outdoor bar, with full views of the sea castle. In season things get younger and noisier as the night progresse…
Bar in Kızkalesi

Turkish Turtles Club

Exposed bricks, saucy pop-star prints and giant beer cans make this the funkiest place in town. You may be keeping company with Turkish teenagers from Adana or Mersin, proudly showing off the newly inked tattoos the…
Cafe in Kızkalesi

Villa Nur

If you're craving something non-Turkish, then this seafront pension, owned by a Turkish-German couple, may be able to help you out. The European-style cakes are very good.
Kebab in Kızkalesi

Paşa Restaurant

Just off central Cumhuriyet Meydanı, this large, open spot has grills and mezes at better prices than the beachfront restaurants. The staff are superattentive.