The city’s name originates in mythology, where it was said to have been founded by Adanus, the son of Cronus (God of Weather, Zeus’ father).
Due to its being in the heart of that fertile center Adana has been an important city for many civilizations for centuries dating back to the Hittites. The precious River Seyhan is spanned by the ancient Taskopru (Stone Bridge) which was built by Hadrian and then repaired by Justinian. It is worth noting that building a 300 meters long stone bridge in Roman times was a real feat.
In the city, the 16th-century Great Mosque (Ulu Camii), the Yag or Eski Mosque, the Hasan Aga Mosque, Saat Kulesi (the clock-tower) built-in 1882, an old covered bazaar, Bedesten or Arasta are of interest. You can also see the Ethnographical Museum where Turkish carpets, swords, manuscript books and tombstones are exhibited. The building itself is interesting as well since it was built as a church by the Crusaders. The Adana Archaeological Museum merits visiting too. Adana is also famous for its delicious Adana Kebap and other meat dishes.
The tea houses and restaurants alongside the Seyhan Dam and Lake provide a cool and perfect view of the city and the river at sunset.
Yumurtalik which is 84 kilometers (52 miles) from Adana and Karatas which is 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Adana are the nearest beaches with proper accommodation. In Yumurtalik there is an ancient harbor castle contributing much to this pretty fishing city. For fishing, there is Camlik Park 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Adana.
There are some ancient cities on the road to Iskenderun which include Roman remnants. Misis is on the caravan route that came from China, India and Persia. Among the remains of Roman times, the most interesting is the elegant mosaic of the 4th century AD representing Noah’s Ark. Yilanlikale has the ruins of a fortress set atop a peak dominating the River Ceyhan. Dilekkaya, the ancient Anavarza, was an important Roman-Byzantine city that still preserves the outline of the old city including two, particularly worthwhile mosaics. Castabala and Toprakkale are the other historical remains.
The Karatepe-Aslantas neo-Hittite site used to be within Adana province, but now it’s in Osmaniye province.
Karsan Forest, Burucek, Tekir, Horzum, Zorkum meadows are ideal for picnicking and having leisure time.
One of most famous kebabs in Turkey is made in Adana and its takes its name after the city ‘Adana’.
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