Top things to do in Mersin

Museum in Mersin

Mersin Museum

Mersin's archaeology museum has finds from nearby tumuli (burial mounds) and sites (including Elaiussa-Sebaste near Kızkalesi), a great statue of Dionysus and curious odds and ends, such as a Roman-era glass theatre…
Turkish in Mersin


Claiming that it never closes, the very popular Hacıbaba does excellent zeytinyağli biber dolması (stuffed peppers) and other homestyle Turkish dishes. There are also kebaps and pide, if you'd prefer.
Museum in Mersin

Atatürk Evi

Along the pedestrianised section of Atatürk Caddesi is a museum in a beautiful seven-room villa where Atatürk once stayed. It's full of photographs, clothes and other artefacts from his life, and has a pleasant gard…
Seafood in Mersin


There's a row of fish restaurants between Silifke Caddesi and Atatürk Caddesi, in the centre of town. Erden seems to be the best of them.
Bar in Mersin


This bar-cum-cafe-cum-teahouse is one of a collection of humming little working-class drinking venues in the Taşhan Antik Galerya on a street between İsmet İnönü Caddesi and Uray Caddesi. Don't be fooled by the fema…
Church in Mersin

Greek Orthodox Church

Next to Mersin Museum, this walled 1852 church is still in use and has a lovely iconostasis. To gain entry go to the left side of the church facing 4302 Sokak and ring the bell.