Adana Flight Ticket and City Guide

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Adana, in addition to its incredible cuisine with globally famous Adana kebab, is a natural attraction with its highlands, lakes and caves. Home to numerous ancient cities and historical monuments, the city offers a combination of history and nature for an unforgettable journey.

You should include Adana in your list of itineraries to have a different experience than conventional trips, add new delights to your gourmet experience, and set out on a historical journey. You can use our city guide to find answers to questions, such as “What to Eat in Adana?” or “Where to go in Adana?” or “What to buy in Adana?“

History of Adana

Adana, one of the most populous cities in Turkey which is located in the Mediterranean region, has a history that dates back to before the common era. The name of the city is believed to have derived from Adanya, which was ruled by the Hittites. Another theory is that it was named after Danaoi, the mythological Greek tribe, or after Danaus, the legendary figure. The city, which Homeros referred to as “Adana” in his famous epic “Iliad”, dates back to 3000 years ago. Archaelogical works in the area have revealed findings from the Paleolythic and Neolythic eras. Also a setting in the Gilgamesh, the city was first ruled by the Kizzuwatna King, under the protection of the Hittites, in 1335 BC. After the fall of the Hittite Empire, the city was successively ruled by the Assyrians, then the Persians in 9 BC, by the Macedonian Empire after the Anatolian campaign of Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire and then the Cilician Kingdom.

History of Adana, which is founded on fertile and very strategic lands in the delta of Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers, dates back to 6000 BC. Adana was home to numerous civilizations, and was ruled by the Roman Empire in 112 BC-395 AD, the Byzantine Empire in 395-1071, and came under the Turkish rule with the conquest of Great Seljukian Empire in 1071 . In 1170, the city was within the borders of the Armenian state, but was handed over to Egyptian Mameluk Sultan in 1359, and then came under the Ottoman rule. The city was invaded by the French during World War I, and with the Ankara Agreement, which was signed after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s achievements during the Independence War, it was included in the borders of Turkey, and was later declared a metropolis with a law that was approved in 1986.

Area

14,125 km2

Population

2,183,167

Weather

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Time

24.09.2017
Sunday / 06:19

Turkish Lira

CURRENCY

Turkish

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GMT+2 (Kış saati) - GMT+3 (Yaz Saati)

TIME PERIOD

(+90) 322

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1- Taste Adana kebab and swede turnip from the hands of the best chefs

2- Walk around the Ancient Cities of Misis and Şar

3- See the birds’ paradise in Akyatan and Ağyatan, and the highlands of Adana

4- Taste “bici bici” which will relieve you in the heat of Adana

5- See the archaeological and ethnography museums which reveal the history of the city

6- Join the Golden Boll Film Festival, if you can

7- Wander around the old bazaars and purchase local delicacies and products

History

The name of the city is believed to have derived from Adanya, which was ruled by the Hittites. Another theory is that it was named after Danaoi, the mythological Greek tribe, or after Danaus, the legendary figure. The city, which Homeros referred to as “Adana” in his famous epic “Iliad”, dates back to 3000 years ago. Archaelogical works in the area have revealed findings from the Paleolythic and Neolythic eras. Also a setting in the Gilgamesh, the city was first ruled by the Kizzuwatna King, under the protection of the Hittites, in 1335 BC. After the fall of the Hittite Empire, the city was successively ruled by the Assyrians, then the Persians in 9 BC, by the Macedonian Empire after the Anatolian campaign of Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire and then the Cilician Kingdom.

History of Adana, which is founded on fertile and very strategic lands in the delta of Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers, dates back to 6000 BC. Adana was home to numerous civilizations, and was ruled by the Roman Empire in 112 BC-395 AD, the Byzantine Empire in 395-1071, and came under the Turkish rule with the conquest of Great Seljukian Empire in 1071 . In 1170, the city was within the borders of the Armenian state, but was handed over to Egyptian Mameluk Sultan in 1359, and then came under the Ottoman rule. The city was invaded by the French during World War I, and with the Ankara Agreement, which was signed after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s achievements during the Independence War, it was included in the borders of Turkey, and was later declared a metropolis with a law that was approved in 1986.

Places to Visit

The traces left behind by historical civilizations have been turned into ancient cities in Adana.

Where to go in Adana

Ancient City of Anavarza: Located on the banks of Ceyhan River, the city reflects the natural beauty of the history and its path in all its glory.

Castle of Adana: One of the Romanian ruins, the castle is home to various relics from that era. You can see relics and traces of the Romanian era as you walk around the castle.

Yılankale: Reflecting the years of Armenian rule, the castle is a masterpiece with cultural assets of the Armenian community. The castle contains various works built with Armenian architecture.

Adana Taş Köprü: The stone bridge, which was built during the Roman era, brings the past to present with its carved stones, which is very popular among visitors.

Feke Castle: Famous for its scenery, the castle has one of the best views of Adana.

Adana Ulu Cami: Built in the 16th century, Adana Ulu Cami is one of the historical buildings that reflect the Ottoman architecture.

Hasan Ağa Cami: It represents the understanding of arts and culture in the Ottoman Empire with its architecture. Its architecture primarily consists of drawing art works of the time.

Grand Clock: The Grand Clock, which is 32 meters high and is the highest clock tower in Turkey, is one of the must-sees for visitors with its grandeur and glory.

Natural Beauties

Adana, one of the most populous cities of Turkey, is one of the must-see destinations with its historical monuments, relics from ancient times, endemic plants and geographical conditions. Founded right in the middle of the deltas of Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers, Adana stands out primarily with its highlands created by soil which has been brought Seyhan River, Dam Lake and other rivers. Seyhan River is the longest river across the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, and the surrounding forests, green lands and highlands are among the destinations where you can take a walk in the nature and witness numerous shades of green. Seyhan Dam Lake, which has been built to prevent floods, is also an enjoyable destination with its authentic nature that supports the habitat in the area. The highlands of the city, which has many mountains and hills that are a part of Taurus Mountains, are also must-see natural beauties.

Seyhan Dam Lake: Seyhan Dam Lake, which is located at the heights of Adana, is home to every shade of green with its natural beauties. The lake, which is quite big, is one of the popular destinations of visitors.

Armutoğlu Highlands: The highland in Pozantı has a very vivid wildlife. Armutoğlu Highland is one of the must-see destinations in Adama with its wildlife and vivid environment.

Aladağ Meydan Highlands: Covered with cedar, pine, fir and fruit trees, the highlands are known as a destination where visitors pick up fruits from trees and find peace of mind among the trees.

Kızıldağ Highlands: Ideal for trekking and morning jogging, Kızıldağ Highlands are among the most popular areas in Adana with its quality accommodation facilities and roads covered with long tree leaves.

Culture & Art

Adana is one of the most populous cities in Turkey with a commercial and cultural life inherited from history, and is the heart of culture and arts in the region. “Golden Boll Film Festival” which was held for the 22nd time last year and which has a considerable international prestige, is the most important and greatest culture and arts event in the city. The event, which has been renamed as “International Adana Film Festival” this year, features a competition where films by leading directors and screenwriters compete, and the people of the city as well as the visitors enjoy hours of cinema. Also featuring competition for students’ films, special categories, short film contests and national feature length films, the festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors every year, and is one of the most important events in the regions and in Turkey.

The city also has museums, guest houses, mansions and exhibitions and other cultural and artistic events and locations. Visitors who wish to experience history and arts under one roof may see Adana Archaeological Museum, where historic relics and ancient works are exhibited, Adana Atatürk House, housing works from early years of the Republic, Adana Ethnography Museum, exhibiting works of yuruk community who used to live in the villages, and Misis Mosaic Museum, where archaeological remains and mosaics are displayed.

The culture of Adana, which is the homeland of many folk songs, including “Ela Gözlü Nazlı Yarim”, “Yenice Yolları Bükülür Gider”, “Evlerinin Önü” and “Çiftetelli”, is one of the most prominent cities of the region with its culture, arts and music.

What to Eat?

. Although “Adana kebab” is the first to come to mind, the city leaves an incredible favor on the palate with its numerous delights. The kebab, which is made of finely minced meat using a special knife called “Zırh”, is addicting and thus globally famous, and has become the most important delight in this cuisine. Although often accompanied by salads and greens that are authentic to the Mediterranean cuisine, delicious varieties of swede turnip is also popular on the side of Adana kebab. “Small Adana lahmacun” (Turkish pizza with spicy meat topping), which is offered as an appetizer, “kibbeh” which is popular for its taste, “steak tartar” which is originally from Antep but also famous in Adana, and “hummus” made of chickpeas and pastrami, are among the flavors that you must taste in this city.

Another authentic delicacy of the city is “mumbar” (stuffed sheep intestines). Though it may look interesting to the eye, this dish has an incredible taste. “Forty layer dolma” which literally consists of forty layers, “fellah meatball” which is made of finely ground bulgur, “kedibatmaz” made of corn flour and soft goose meat, “kaz başı” made of the most delicious parts of lamb are the other delicacies to be tasted. Adana is also famous for its beverages. “Bici bici”, which is an authentic delicacy of Adana made of starch pudding, ice syrup and ice, “Misis ayran” which has a creamy texture, “aşlama” which is made of liquorice, and “swede turnip” are just a few of the beverages. To end this meal, “sarı burma dessert” which is a competitor of baklava, and “karakuş dessert” which is made of layers of dough filled with walnuts are just a few delicacies to make Adana a paradise for the gourmets.

Shopping

CarrefourSA, Çetinkaya, Galleria , M1 Tepe, Real, Optimum shopping malls and Praktiker are just a few of the locations where fans of shopping malls can shop from global brands and have a bite or drink at cafés or restaurants. Adana also has many local markets and bazaars where you can mingle with history and local people. Adana Central Bazaar is located at the heart of the city, where you can buy local delicacies, local clothes and fabrics, handmade products and souvenirs by craftsmen. The bazaar is located around the Turkish bath across the Grand Clock, and offers a variety of local and regional products from local salesmen.

Kazancılar Bazaar is another popular destination where you can shop local products and try the delicacies of the city made by the best chefs of the city. The area is also home to a Jeweller’s Market where you can buy souvenirs and valuable jewelry, and the Nuri Has Market, where you can buy various fabrics. The markets and bazaars of Adana often has many restaurants and stores that focus on food culture. You can try out the best kebab and swede turnip at these markets, and have a nice table conversation at these bazaars.

Special Days and Festivals

A colorful and lustrous carnival with street artists, drama groups, actors, clubs, students’ groups and NGOs, the event begins with a large parade and continues with different activities. Cherry and Culture-Arts Festival in Saimbeyli district is one of the popular attractions for local and foreign tourists.

“Karakucak Wrestling and Summer Festival” held in Tufanbeyli and Karaisali districts with the cooperation of Governorate of Adana and district municipalities between the 1st and 4th weeks of August is also very popular among local people. These festivals, featuring sports competitions where wrestling, the traditional sports of Turkey, meets culture and arts, are also an attraction among foreign tourists.

The special days celebrated in the city include “April 1st, Day of National Forces”, “June 2nd, Independence Day”, “October 18th, Karaisali Independence Day” and “Festival of October 29th”. “Symposium on Past and Present of Kozan” which focuses on the history of Kozan, and “Gölovası Folk Poets Festival” where local arts are upheld are other events you can join in this city. “Tuzla Watermelon, Melon and Agricultural Products Festival” held in Karataş district by the Metropolitan Municipality of Adana is another event where you can taste local agricultural products and have a good time with traditional activities.

Accommodation

Accommodation options in Adana include luxury hotels, hostels, apartment flats and mansions. If you are planning to stay in the city center, you may consider “Adana HiltonSA Hotel”, “Surmeli Adana Hotel”, “Sedef Otel”, “İbis Adana”, “Hotel Senbayrak City” and “Şirin Park Hotel” among your options. You can make your trip more fun and enjoyable with various accommodation options for every budget and condition, and you can make the most of comfort and holiday in Adana. “Barış Hostel”, “Rıhtım Hostel” and “Martı Hostel” are also neat accommodation facilities with affordable prices. If you like, you can rent a flat from “Şehri Saray Apart” or “Martı Apart” for a long-term holiday opportunity in this city.

“Hotel Bosnali Boutique”, “Çavuşoğlu Hotel”, “Taşköptü Hotel” and “Sheraton Grand Adana” near the Seyhan River offer accommodation with a view of the river. You can also spend your nights at mountain cabins or mansions on the highlands or camp in your own tent in designated areas for a trip in the nature. The ancient city of Adana, where culture, history and a unique cuisine come together, offers many options for accommodation at different locations. You can discover the beauties of Adana by making your selection according to your budget and your destinations.

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