A holiday in Adana will introduce you to a part of Turkey that's too often missed by tourists. Some of the incredible sights include the vast and ornate Sabanci Merkez Camii, Turkey's largest and grandest mosque, and the medieval Islamic complex, Ulu Cami. Go for a wander along the Seyhan River on the Dilberler Sekisi road, and if you're interested in Turkish history then be sure to visit the Ataturk Museum which was once home to Mustafa Ataturk, the founder of Turkey. The sprawling Merkez Park is also perfect to relax in on a sunny day.
A number of carriers, including Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air France and KLM offer indirect flights to Adana from a variety of UK departure points including London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow International. You'll land at Adana Sakirpasa Airport, which is under four kilometres from the city itself. The cheapest and simplest way to get to your ultimate destination is to hop on a dolmus – one of the famous shared taxis which can be cramped and frighteningly fast, but give you an exhilaratingly authentic Turkish experience!
Getting around during your holiday in Adana isn't too tricky – the city is well served by taxis and buses (and the infamous dolmus "network"), and there's also a metro system comprising of overground and subway trains. On top of that, it's very rewarding to simply wander around Adana on foot, taking in the fascinating mix of historic and contemporary architecture. The other option, if you fancy exploring beyond Adana and seeing neighbouring countryside and nearby towns, is to hire a car in Adana.
There are hotels in Adana to suit any budget, and if you really want to keep costs down you can book very basic accommodation with few facilities beyond a bed in a room. Have a look around online to find a pad that best suits your requirements.
When on holiday in Adana you don't have to spend half your budget on high-end restaurants. In fact, that would almost be missing the point, as the city's traditional delicacies aren't expensive. Try the famous Adana kebab – minced meat on an iron skewer, grilled and succulent – and sirdan, a rice-stuffed sausage. Or you can simply pick up some nice food from a market and head to the lush green spaces of the city, or sit by the river. Picnics don't come much better!
Updated 15th May 2013
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