Cilician Plains

The Cilician Plains, or Çukurova in Turkish, is a region on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is characterized by the pine-clad Taurus Mountains sharply dropping to the pancake-flat, sweltering-hot agricultural land of the exceptionally fertile plains of the Seyhan and Ceyhan Rivers, extending to the sand dunes at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Home of the occasional rocky outcrops topped by Crusader-era castles, remote Hittite sites, early Christian landmarks and a renowned culinary tradition, this is one of the parts of the country surprisingly little-visited by international travellers.

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Map of Cilician Plains

  • 3735.3251 Adana the capital of the region is a fine riverside city and one of the largest in the country
  • 37.16120534.6065381 Çamlıyayla — a town up in the mountains, once used by people of Mersin as a summer retreat to escape hot weather
  • 36.98611111111135.4341666666671 İncirlik — a town east of Adana with a NATO air base and a heavy American presence
  • 36.57238055555635.3780444444441 Karataş a sea-side resort mainly enjoyed by locals of the region
  • 36.834.6166666666671 Mersin — a rapidly growing industrial city with a beautiful palm-lined waterfront and the region’s main window to the sea
  • 37.07536.251 Osmaniye — a city in the east serving as a base for remote attractions in the countryside such as the Karataş-Aslantepe National Park
  • 36.91666666666734.91 Tarsus — a fairly large city between Mersin and Adana, with a well-preserved old quarter and sites related to Biblical personalities such as St Paul (one of the residents of the town)
  • 36.76916666666735.7966666666671 Yumurtalık a local beach resort

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