1. Sabancı Merkez Camii (Sabancı Central Mosque)
The Sabancı Merkez Camii is one of the must-visit places in Adana. Built in 1998, this mosque is Turkey’s second biggest mosque. It is not only the enormous height and size which makes this mosque so precious but also the interior architecture is indescribable. It is located in Central Park along the river, close to the old town and city center.
2. Büyük Saat (The Great Clock Tower)
Built in 1882, this tower is located in the center of the Old Town. In the past, this place was considered to be the main center of the city. Büyük Saat is 32 meters high (105 ft.), and is surrounded by many little shops and vendors. The authentic atmosphere it has is something you wouldn’t want to miss, as this is where you can feel the real historical Adana.
3. Taşköprü (Stone Bridge)
Taş Köprü has a very significant place in the history of Adana. It was a leading trade crosspoint, going over the Seyhan River. Until 2007, the bridge was open to vehicles. But now is only open to pedestrians due to concerns of damage. As you cross over the bridge, enjoy the incredible view of the Sabancı Merkez Camii in the back, along with the endless river stretching under.
4. Ramazanoğlu Medrese (Ramazanoğlu Madrasa)
Located in the Old Town, this place is a former school used until 1914. Once you enter this madrasa, you are stunned by its beauty and authentic atmosphere. Small doors surround the structure, along with a magical garden, making it a tranquil place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea.
5. Merkez Park (Central Park)
Merkez Park is Adana’s biggest park, perfect for a walk, where you can enjoy some time with family and friends. The park is 33 hectares (74 acres) and is located along both sides of the Seyhan River. You have an incredible view of the giant Sabancı Central Mosque, located in the north part of the park. On weekends it is a popular spot for having a picnic, walking, and enjoying time with friends and family.
6. Bike along the River and Eucalyptus Forest
Seyhan River is the perfect place to have a bicycle tour. For those who don’t have a bike, there are several places along the river where they can always rent one. You can either do a small tour through Merkez Park (Central Park), or for those who want to have a longer route, you can pass over the barrage and end up in a beautiful eucalyptus forest. It’s a popular place for families on weekends.
7. Atatürk, Ziyapaşa, Gazipaşa Caddesi (City Center)
The city center is where the Atatürk, Ziyapaşa, Gazipaşa Streets are. Here you can find tons of shops, cafes, and eateries. Apart from these, there are two popular side streets called Toros Caddesi (street) and Şinasi Efendi Sokağı (street), where you can find cute coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, which are cozy, especially in the evening. There is also Atatürk Park which is a nice park to walk through.
8. Eat Local Food
Adana is famous for its tasty cuisine with a plethora of options Many people come to Adana just to taste its delicacies, so you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on treating your palate. If we are to list some of its dishes and sweets, we would recommend you not to leave Adana without tasting İçli Köfte, Adana Kebap, Sıkma, Fellah Köftesi, Cezerye, Bici Bici, Şalgam, Taş Kadayıfı, Acılı Ekmek, Analı Kızlı and much more.
9. Seyhan Baraj Gölü (Seyhan Dam)
Seyhan Dam is huge. You will need a car to do an entire lake tour. Otherwise, you can also have a walk along Adnan Menderes Boulevard, where you will have a nice panoramic view of the lake and Love Island. You can catch a nice view of the lake at the Emirgan Sütiş Park Zirve Cafe, located at the west end of Adnan Menderes Boulevard.
10. Turgut Özal Bulvarı (Boulevard)
Turgut Özal Boulevard is a very long boulevard filled with restaurants, shops, and cafes. It isn’t as cozy as the Main City Center, but if you need to buy something you will definitely find it here.