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Castle in Silifke

Silifke Castle

This Byzantine hilltop fortress, with its moat, two dozen towers and vaulted underground chambers, was once Silifke's command centre. The walls are its most impressive feature, as the interior is still undergoing ex…
Turkish in Silifke

Tekin Ali Usta

Just what you want from a classic lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) and kebap salonu: friendly owners, bang-on renditions of lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza), mercimek çorbasi (lentil soup served with bread, her…
Church in Silifke

Church of St Thekla

This Christian site is dedicated to St Thekla, one of St Paul's early devotees. Thekla is said to have spent her later years here, trying to convert the locals of Seleucia to Paul's teachings. She ruffled the feathe…
Cistern in Silifke

Tekir Ambarı

The Tekir Ambarı is an ancient cistern carved from rock that can be entered via a spiral staircase. To reach the cistern, head to the junction of İnönü Bulvarı and Menderes Caddesi, then walk up the alleyway (348 So…
Museum in Silifke

Silifke Museum

To the east of Silifke's centre, on the main road heading to Taşucu, this local museum showcases Roman figurines and busts, and Hellenistic black-on-red ceramics. The four-room collection also includes ancient coins…
Kebap in Silifke

Gözde Restaurant

This kebap and lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza) joint also serves up delicious soups, mezes and grills in a shaded outdoor dining area down a small street.
Mosque in Silifke

Merkez Camii

Also called the Alaeddin Camii (Aladdin's Mosque), the Seljuk-era Merkez Camii dates from 1228, although it's seen many renovations over the centuries.
Bakery in Silifke

Değirmencioğlu Pastanesi

This family-run pastry shop in the heart of Silifke is a great place to stock up on baklava, biscuits and other treats.
Ruins in Silifke

Necropolis

Ancient Silifke's necropolis, alongside busy İnönü Bulvarı, has been fenced off so all you can do is peek between the railings at the rather sad ruins of the Roman Temple of Jupiter with its columns used by storks a…
Bridge in Silifke

Stone Bridge

The stone bridge over the Göksu dates back to AD 78 and has been restored many times, including twice in the last century (1922 and 1972).