Anamur, the southernmost
town between Antalya and Adana on
coast (map), is worth a stop and perhaps
even an overnight.
It has an impressive fortress,
and a Byzantine ghost
7 km (4.5 miles) east of the town of
Anamur, was built by the Romans,
expanded by the Crusaders, and is still
The beach, with a
selection of hotels and pensions, is
at İskele ("Dock"),
southeast of the town center.
The Byzantine ghost
town of Anamurium,
5 km (3 miles) west of the town center,
is an eerie place of semi-ruined
stone buildings--churches, public
baths, shops, a theater, a stadium,
a necropolis (cemetery).
Anamurium was founded
by the Phoenicians,
flourished under the Romans,
but was sacked by the Arabs in
the 600s and never recovered. Its very
forlorn-ness preserved it: no one wanted
to live here, which is why it has been
the only public transport serving Anamur.
If you're driving the
coast from Antalya to Adana,
it makes sense to stop for
the night in Anamur. It's
smaller and more easily negotiable
with more congenial lodgings than Silifke or Mersin.
near Silifke, is another congenial
possibility for an overnight stop.)
—by Tom Brosnahan