Adana

Adana

Things to do - general
Country Turkey
Province Adana
Founded 6000BC (8017 years ago)
Incorporated 1608 (409 years ago)
Districts Seyhan, Yüreğir, Çukurova, Sarıçam
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Body Adana Metropolitan Municipality
Area
 • Total 1,945 km2 (751 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2016) 1,736,564
 • Density 892.83/km2 (2,312.4/sq mi)
Time zone FET (UTC+3)
Postal code 01xxx
Area code(s) 0322
Licence plate 01
Website www.adana.bel.tr
www.adana.gov.tr
Country Turkey
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By air
Flights arrive at the Adana Sakirpasa Airport (ADA IATA) located in the city outskirts. It's a fairly short cab ride to city center (costing about 20 TL) and is served frequently by dolmuş.

By bus
As with the rest of the country, another common way of getting here is to use the buses. They arrive here frequently from Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and several other cities around Turkey. Journey time from Istanbul is around twelve hours, fares starting at 50 TL. Inter-city bus companies includes Varan, Ulusoy, and Metro. Make sure you get off at the right station as most buses also stop at a station in the suburbs, about 4 km west of city centre. Getting off at the wrong station may be frustrating, but not an disaster since a local bus connects them. The bus station in city centre lies close to the Hilton hotel.

By train
The best route from Istanbul or Ankara is to take the YHT fast train to Konya. From there a daily train departs around 16:30, taking six hours to Adana; the return train leaves Adana around 07:00. So a same-day connection is possible. The line between Konya and Adana is being upgraded for YHT, there was a lengthy partial closure in 2016/17, and future engineering disruption seems likely.

The overnight sleeper between Ankara and Adana has been suspended until 2018 while Ankara station and tracks east of the city are upgraded. A daily train still runs between Adana and Kayseri, but with no convenient connection to Ankara. Limited regional trains from Elazığ, Karaman, Mersin and Iskenderun are also operating. The lines to Aleppo and other parts of Syria, and to Gaziantep thence across Syria to Mosul in Iraq, are closed indefinitely.

1 Adana railway station is located along Atatürk Cd, in the northern end of the central city.

By car
Driving to Adana is an option; from Ankara, the national capital, there is highway all the way (European road number: E90) but distances are long. The motorway O-21 will connect the two cities, but it doesn't reach any further north from Niğde for the time being. However, even if there is no motorway for about half of the route from Ankara, the current highway has separated directions all along it, anyway. Once you have passed the pass of Cilician Gates (Gülek Boğazı) through the Taurus Mountains into the Cilician Plains, take O-51 eastwards.

Languages spokenTurkish
Currency usedTurkish lira (TRY)
Area (km2)1,945 km²

Sports & nature

Driving by the lake and seeing the beautiful view is one of the things you can do while in Adana. Most of the locals spend their evenings drinking beer by the lake.
You can visit ancient cities around Adana, such as Magarsus, Ayas, Commana, Castabala, and Misis.
You can go to Akyatan Lagoon or Kapuzbasi Waterfall.
You can swim (in Karataş on the Mediterranean coast, south of Adana), however Turkish residents usually go to Mersin when they want to go swimming.
You can go to Aqualand (wave pool, lazy river and various slides).
There are 3 saunas in downtown (Yeni Sauna, Bizim Sauna and Sirin Sauna). Entrance fee is 10 euros, and massage costs a further €10. Also you can go to more traditional Turkish baths.

Nightlife info

Istanbul Bar (In Cemalpasa). A cool, chill out bar with groovy music with a wide selection of unusual but fun cocktails! Open until the last customer leaves.
Nargile Bar (In New Adana). 16:00-03:00. A down-tempo place. This is more for the young working class. Many of the patrons are between 20-30, and for the most part are out of university. Live Turkish music is played here almost every night, and Tuborg Green can be bought on tap for 4.50 TL a pint.
The North Shield (On Ziyapasa Ave). Generally a quiet atmosphere that is good to take a few friends to.
Pickup Rock Bar. Downstairs in the Cemalpasa area, this bar usually has live Turkish bands covering American rock on weekends. Closed early in the week, on the days that it is open, you can get in until late in the morning. Crowds usually start showing up around 23:30, the time the band starts playing. Efes on tap can be bought here for 6 TL a pint. edit
Starbucks (Ziyapaşa Ave, M1 Shopping Centre, Cukurova University Campus, New Adana). There are 4 Starbucks Coffee shops in Adana, in addition to one in Incirlik. The one on Ziyapaşa is a popular hangout for expatriates and English-speaking Turks.

Culture and history info

Lying a fair distance away from the Mediterranean coast, in the centre of huge Cilician Plains and on the banks of Seyhan River, Adana is the fifth most populous city in Turkey with a population of over 1.5 million. It's not much known as a tourism destination, though, especially when compared with its southern and western neighbours. There are sites of interest in the surrounding countryside.

Modern Adana consists of two quite separate sections: cramped old city centre and newer, mostly high-rise suburbs overlooking the Seyhan dam to north of the old centre, usually called Kuzey Adana or Yeni Adana (i.e. "North Adana" or "New Adana", respectively).

Despite its location Adana is a remarkably modern and Western city. This is in large part due to the presence of a NATO base in Incirlik, which provides the city with an unusually large population of Westerners, and foreign-educated Turks. Adana is also a destination for dental tourism, owing to a large number of cheap, effective, English-speaking dentists in the area.

Akkoc Boutique Hotel

Akkoc Boutique Hotel

Cemalpaşa Mh 63005 Sk No: 22 Seyhan, 01120, Adana
Price from 190.0 € (euro)
Situated in the commercial heart of Adana, this boutique hotel offers spacious accommodation with fr More info
Golden Lake Hotel

Golden Lake Hotel

Karslılar Mahallesi, 82068. Sk. No:1, 01170 Çukurova, Adana
Price from 300.0 € (euro)
Offering à la carte restaurant and a bar, Golden Lake Hotel is located in Adana just 400 m from the More info
Saray Hotel

Saray Hotel

Karasoku Mah. Kizilay Caddesi No:13 Seyhan, 01500, Adana
Price from 95.0 € (euro)
Located in the city centre, Hotel Adana Saray offers 24-hour front desk service and air-conditioned More info
Seyhan Hotel

Seyhan Hotel

Turhan Cemal Beriker Bulvarı No: 20 Seyhan, Adana
Price from 250.0 € (euro)
Situated in the centre of Adana, Hotel Seyhan is only 500 m from Merkez Park. It has a heated indoor More info
Surmeli Hotels

Surmeli Hotels

Ozler Cad. No:49 Kurukoprü, 01060, Adana
Price from 225.0 € (euro)
Situated in the heart of Adana’s business and shopping district, Sürmeli Adana Hotel offers co More info
Yol Is Holiday

Yol Is Holiday

Beyazevler Mah.Adnan Kahveci Bulvari No:40 Çukurova, 01150, Adana
Price from 200.0 € (euro)
Located 4 km from the city centre, Yol Is Holiday Adana offers 24-hour front desk service and free p More info

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