Adana, Turkey's 4th largest city, is a fast-growing agricultural and industrial boom town, the commercial capital of the eastern Mediterranean coast (map).
Adana (AH-dah-nah, pop. 2 million) is hardly a tourist mecca: high heat and humidity in summer, swirling traffic, and limited sights keep it that way even though it has a good selection of hotels(mostly for business travelers).
It is an important transport point, however, and if you find yourself spending the night, visit the 16th-century Ulu Cami (Great Mosque), the Ethnography Museum set up in a sweet little Crusader church, the Regional Museum with lots of good Roman artifacts, and the Taş Köprü (Stone Bridge) built by Roman emperor Hadrian (117-38 AD) over the Seyhan River.
İncirlik (EEN-jeer-leek) Air Base is the big joint Turkish-US air force facility a few kilometers east of the center of Adana.
Because of its importance to business and commercial travelers, Adana has a fine selection of hotels in all price ranges.
The Merkez Camii (Central Mosque) and Adana HiltonSA Hotel frame the Roman Taş Köprü bridge in the photo above.
Right by the Taş Köprü on the east bank of the Seyhan River (map) is the Adana HiltonSA Hotel. It's right in the center and moderately priced for the value you receive. Click here to check rates and availability.
An alternative is the 4-star, 79-room Şirin Park Otel, in the city center, an easy walk from all the major sights. More...
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—by Tom Brosnahan