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As the region dates back to very early times, it’s quite attractive in terms of historical structures. The primary of the most important historical structures you can witness in Silifke is Adamkayalar (Man-Rocks). Located against a view of Kız Kalesi (Maiden’s Castle), Adamkayalar is worth to see with its one-of-a-kind human reliefs. In Olba Ancient City that is situated in Town Uzuncaburc located in the north of Silifke, you should see monumental tombs including Temple of Zeus, Victory Gate, Temple of Chance Temple etc. Situated on a hill overlooking the town view, Silifke Castle; considered as the symbol of the district, Tas Bridge; located 2 km to Tasucu, Ancient Mylai archaeological site; located at the centre, Roman Bath; managed to preserve its original texture, Cambazli Castle and Ayatekla Church are some of the historical artefacts you can see.
You should definitely see this place that no word can really describe but let’s say “a wonder of nature”: Cennet – Cehennem (Heaven – Hell) Sinkholes. One of the most known formations in our country, Cennet – Cehennem Sinkholes are also called as pothole or cave. Believed to be the home of Typhon, one of the Ancient Greek Age myths, the entrance of these caves features a church that was built for Virgin Mary. You must see another natural beauty near those caves; Astim Cave. One of the passage routes between Cyprus and Turkey, Tasucu is also worth to see with its beaches and the beauties. Among the getaway spots for the people in Mersin, Narlikuyu is a very small village yet attracts attention with its view and fishermen.
One of the most known districts in Mersin, Silifke is located between Taurus Mountains and Mediterranean. 85 km away from Mersin, Silifke features one of the cleanest seas in Mediterranean. With its sandy beaches, historical structures that bear traces of the civilizations it has hosted and Goksu Delta that maintains the natural features of Mediterranean, Silifke is worth to see. If you are going to Silifke by highway, first you have to go to Mersin. If you travel by air, you can access Silifke after a journey of three hours from Adana Sakir Pasa Airport. Although life exists in the surrounding of Silifke since 6000 B.C., it’s not known who was the first to settle in the region. Witnessing many different civilizations from Ionians to Persians, Silifke is known to be one of the favorite places to possess throughout the history.
Swimming season in the region lasts for about 6 months thanks to its warm climate. There are many bays and beaches to swim in Silifke. Among those, the primary one is Tasucu. Tasucu features a long sandy beach. Mesmerizing with the colour of the sea, Tisan Peninsula; a tranquil bay, Yesiloacak; one of the frequent destinations of the boat tours, Barbaros Bay and standing out with its shallow sea, Kum Mahallesi Beach are among the places you can enjoy sea and sun.
One of the most important wetland areas along the shores of Mediterranean is Goksu Delta. Lakes forming the delta where Goksu River falls into Mediterranean are defined as beaches and settlement areas. Among the largest lakes, there are Paradeniz Fishery, Akgol and Arapalanı. On the most important migration routes of the birds in the world, Goksu Delta hosts many birds including some of the endangered species. Regarded as the symbol of the region, western swamphen, marbled duck, imperial eagle are the most important examples of those species. Declared as natural protected area, it’s one of the breeding sites of loggerhead sea turtles at the same time. Featuring a rich plant diversity, the region attracts the attention of both bird watchers and nature lovers.
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