It has an impressive fortress, uncrowded beaches, and a Byzantine ghost town.
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 preserved.
Bus is 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 than Alanya, with more congenial lodgings than Silifke or Mersin. (although Kızkalesi, near Silifke, is another congenial possibility for an overnight stop.)
—by Tom Brosnahan