Welcome to beautiful Adana. Thanks to affordable tickets to Adana from Pegasus Airlines, you’ll have the opportunity to experience everything this great city has to offer!
Being the fifth biggest city of Turkey following Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Bursa, Adana is one of the most pleasant cities to wander around and see over as well as to eat and drink in our country. To explore this great city with its culture that roots back to 3000 years ago, you can buy your ticket on flypgs.com with special prices and campaigns for cheap flights to Adana and enjoy the city to the fullest. Best times to visit Adana, where it's very hot in the summer, are during the months of April, May, September or October.
Top Landmarks in Adana
- Adana Merkez Camii - Arguably the first place you should visit during your trip to Adana is the Adana Merkez Camii. This majestic mosque is filled with Turkish culture.
- Tas Kopru - This ancient bridge, dating back to circa 200 A.D., is the only way to walk across the Seyhan River.
- Adana Merkez Mark - This is the largest park in the city. Here, enjoy the many gardens featuring 67 species of trees and bushes, 40 species of cactuses, along with spectacular views of Merkez Camii.
Landscape in Adana
Adana is primarily flat, and the city is in the shape of a square. The Seyhan River runs straight through the centre of the city.
What to Eat in Adana
- Adana Kebap - This popular Turkish dish is prepared, served, and designed to be eaten in a specific way. It contains meat from a lamb younger than one year old, the meat is then hand-kneaded with pepper and salt, and finally put on skewers to cook over oak wood coals. The final product is then served either on a plate or flatbread.
- Ayran - This beverage is made with yoghurt, water, and salt. It is then chilled, and often served with grilled meat or rice.
- Lahmacun - This Turkish dish is often confused with pizza, but is actually a flatbread with meat and spices, and it doesn’t contain any cheese. It is very spicy!
Transportation in Adana
The best way to travel around Adana is by using the Metro. This fast and comprehensive train system has thirteen stations, and you can travel the entire route in about 21 minutes. Buses and minibuses are the other options, however keep in mind that some only accept a special card, and others require just cash. Since Adana is flat and warm, walking and cycling are also popular methods of getting around for most of the year.
Adana Airports Served
- Adana Airport (ADA) is also known as Adana Sakirpasa Airport and is an international airport located roughly 3.5 km outside of Adana city centre. It is the sixth busiest in Turkey.
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Various ways for you to reach the city center after your arrival to Adana Şakirpaşa Airport, which covers an area of 2.105.510m² and has been opened to flights in 1937, with the low cost flights of Pegasus to Adana have already been thought of.
One of the most economic ways to reach the city center after your arrival to Adana Airport
is going to the city center by using Havaş. If you're going to prefer taxi for your rides in Adana, it'll be nice to remind you that it's a bit expensive here. You can also use private minibus companies to be trasferred to the city center but you need to reserve your place in advance.
If you want to rent a car to move around the city more comfortably, you can choose and rent your vehicle on flypgs.com and explore each and every corner of the city with your own car.
When you've come this far to Adana, there are many alternatives for wandering around the best shopping places of the city to collect memories for yourself and local presents to make your loved ones happy. The answer to the question of "What does one buy in Adana?" is hidden in these markets.
- Bakırcılar Çarşısı - Bakırcılar Çarşısı is one of the first places that comes to mind when one asks about the places to shop in Adana. What Bakırcılar Çarşısı means for Adana is the same as what Kapalı Çarşı means for Istanbul. Copper plates, pots, trays, tea glasses... While old copper is treated and blanched on one side, souvenir shops can be found on the other side.
- Mısır Çarşısı - Spice shops, dried fruit and nut sellers, dress shops, street sellers, take away roll kiosks. It's not much different from Mısır Çarşısı in Istanbul but fresh and interesting spices can be found thanks to its location.
- Ziyapaşa Bulvarı - You can find many famous brands, do your shopping and drink a cup of coffee afterwards on this street which is more or less the Adana version of Bağdat Caddesi.
- Çakmak Caddesi - You can find second hand musical instruments, record players, vinyls and second hand goods in Fenerli Sokak.
Food and Drink in Adana
Adana kebab, the fame of which has been spread through Turkey and even through the world, is the first item in the must-taste food list of Adana. As both the locals and people who have been to Adana and have ate it there say: You shouldn't eat Adana kebab anywhere else but Adana. You should also try different tastes like "beyti", "şiş" and "içli köfte" and shouldn't come back without eating "şırdanı", which is one of the most important courses of Adana cuisine, as well as "tulumba" and "bici bici" for dessert.
For lunch hours...
- İştah Kebap Salonu - It's closed at 3:00 pm. That's why we recommend you to skip breakfast and get yourself to İştah as soon as possible. First, a plate filled with parsley, turnip and lemon is put on the table and followed by "gavurdağı" salad and "Jet kebab", which is actually another name for 1.5 portion of an Adana kebab, soaked in the grill oil and accompanied by plenty of roasted pepper. Address: Karasoku sokak Tel: 0 322 359 32 94
- Onbaşılar - You need to be there at noon or dinner time to enjoy this place's view which looks upon Reservoir of Seyhan River Dam. You should order tahini salad, roasted pepper, "çiğ köfte" followed by some "fındık lahmacun" and end the course with "et tava", "kaburga" or "kazbaşı". Address: YSE Cd. 82046 Sk. No:3A Çukurova Tel: 0 322 215 00 00 Website: http://www.onbasilar.com.tr/
- Hamburgerci Mükerrem - If you crave some snacks after enjoying the most famous meals of Adana, Hamburgerci Mükerrem is the right place with different choices like classic hamburger, cheeseburger, extra-meat burger and cheese & chicken burger. Address: Güzelyalı Mah. Turgut Özal Bulv. No:76/A Tel: 0 322 233 55 15 Website: http://www.hamburgercimukerrem.com/
- Seç Baklavacısı - There are plenty of "bülbül yuvası", "şöbiyet tatlısı", "havuç dilim (carrot slice) baklava" and pistachio roll varieties in one of the Adana branches of this peerless baklava store which has its headquarter in Gaziantep. This is the place to buy things to bring home. Address: Kurtuluş Caddesi No.117 Seyhan Tel: 0 322 435 24 04 Website: http://www.secbaklava.com/
- Yıldızoğlu Künefe - It's a must to go into one of the branches that has been bought from neighbours, who are from Antakya, and order some "künefe" with cream and pistachio. Address: Turgut Özal Bulvarı 78181. Sokak Tel: 0 322 232 62 52 Website: http://www.yildizoglu.com.tr/
For dinner tables...
- Elem - "Kuşbaşı", liver and chopsteak come first; "Beyti", that comes in a portion for 8 people with red cabbage, onions with "sumak" and parsley, comes right after them. Address: Karataş Yolu üzeri 6. Km, Havutlu girişi Tel: 0322 336 4400 Website: http://www.elem.com.tr/
- Kebapçı Onur - The specialty of this place is incik. However, in order to be able to have it, you need to call and reserve some in advance. When you take your place in the table, it'll be filled with yoghurt, salad, parsley, peppermint, arugula and tomatoes. After that "külbastı" is recommended for those who don't like "incik". Address: Cevat Yurdakul Caddesi Tel: (322) 454 66 30
- Menekşe Kardeşler - Meat that is grinded in Menekşe, which has been founded on the shore of Seyhan Reservoir, is kneaded with "karaisali pepper", which makes a delicious paste. Address: Menderes Bulvarı 5 Tel: (322) 234 35 50
- Kebap 52 - Kebap 52, which has flaked filet, spicy skewer varieties, wing kebab, aubergine and liver kebabs in its menu, is also a favourite of Fatih Terim, the famous football coach. Address: Ramazanoğlu Caddesi Köşem Apartmanı, no:16 Tel: (0322) 459 97 87 Website: http://kebap52.adanamport.com/
- Gazi Paşa Kebap - It's one of the new and chic restaurants of Adana. Chicken cooked in clay tiles, sausage, "külbastı" and sarma beyti are delicious. Address: Ethem Ekin Sokak, 01120 Tel: 0322 453 3550 website: http://www.gazipasakebap.com/
- Dost Balık - Even though Adana is known as a kebab heaven, its fish restaurants are also fabulous. Menus that start reading roasted aubergine with shrimps, marinated branzino, "barbunya pilaki" and "kaya koruğu" reach to their ends with Mediterranean Sea fishes like red mullets, groupers, corals or white groupers. Address: Ramazanoğlu Caddesi, Köşem Apartmanı altı No:16/B Tel: 0322 453 71 79 Website: http://www.dostbalik.com.tr
- Greatwall - In this restaurant that has been opened in Adana Hilton Otel, which actually offers examples from Chinese cuisine, sushi is also ravishing. Address: Atatürk Cad. 64020 Sokak No: 10/B Seyhan Tel: 0322 459 59 45 Website: http://www.greatwall.com.tr
- Güney Marina - Fish restaurant, grill restaurant or café-bar - whicever you like. Fish are cooked in oil, baked in stoves, treated with skewers, grilled, cooked in salt, steamed and cooked in foil; liver is a must for grills; all kinds of whiskey can be found in the bar. Address: Karslı Göl Kenarı Mah, Mahfesığmaz, Çukurova Tel: 0 322 234 93 72 Website: http://www.guneymarina.com
- Kazancılar - Kazancılar, which has branches in Kalamış and Levent, is actually from Adana. Taste their "acılı ezme" before moving on to specialties like "fırın beyti" and "usta kebabı". Address: Sarıyakup Mah. 6 Sok. No:53 Seyhan Tel: 0322 351 35 12 Website: http://www.adanakazancilar.com/
- Kebapçı İbo - The menu in Ibo, which is the meeting point of those who get hungry after a night-out, is "Adana dürüm", "çiğ köfte" and turnip juice. Address: Baraj Yolu Güvenevler Cad. No:4 Tel: 0 322 234 12 43
Accommodation in Adana
There are many alternatives for accommodation in Adana which is the fifth biggest city of Turkey. You can choose the best fit for yourself among chic and clean hotels that are suitable for all kinds of budgets. Whether for business trips or or for vacations, it'll be a piece of cake for you to find the hotel just like you want.
- Hilton Sa - We recommend you to stay in Hilton SA especially if you are going to Adana for business trips. It's a 5 star hotel with 8 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar and spacious rooms. Address: Sinanpaşa Mahallesi, Hacı Sabancı Bulvarı No:1 Tel: 0322 355 50 00 Website: http://hilton.com.tr/tr/Adana-HiltonSA/default.aspx
- Çetinel Tesisleri - If you want to have an enjoyable stay 5 minutes away from Adana city center, in a garden filled with palm trees, orange and banana trees by a pool, this is the right place. Address: Girme Bulvarı 144 A Tel: 0322 321 50 60 Website: http://www.cetineltesisleri.com/
- Emir Royal Hotel - Orthopedic beds, free internet, meeting rooms and restaurants that serve Mediterranean foods. Emir Royal Hotel has thought about everything for your comfort. Address: Kuruköprü Mahallesi 01060 Tel: 0 322 359 6969 Website: http://www.emirroyal.com/
- Otel Le Grand - If you want minimal design, 24-hour wifi and a hotel that is alive for 24 hours, double rooms located the city center is just right for you. Address: Turhan Cemal Beriker Bulvarı, no: 395 Tel: 0 322 429 24 59 Website: http://www.otellegrand.com/
- Mavi Sürmeli Otel - The hotel, that offers laundry, dry cleaning and ironing for those on business trips, also has hot tubs in its rooms. Address: İnonü Cad. No: 109 Tel: 0 322 363 34 37 Website: http://www.mavisurmeli.com.tr
More Places to Visit
There are countless places to see in Adana, which has a rich culture that roots back to 3000 years ago. You can lose yourself among historical castles, museums, bridges, old Adana houses and streets; you can collect memories by taking lots and lots photos in this historical city.
- Anavarda Castle - The antic city in Dilekkaya village is believed to have been founded by Assyrians who captured Cilicia in 9 BC or to have been built on an archaic settlement.
- Yılan Castle - Yılan kale was built along Ceyhan River during the Crusader invasions of Çukurova in order to control both the plain and the historical Silk Road.
- Tepebağ Mound (Arhaic Adana Houses) - Tepebağ Mound, which is one of the oldest settlements of Çukurova, dates back to Antiquity. The city center in the mound, that is surrounded by walls, sheds light on the city life of the Neolithic period.
- Archeology Museum - The museum, which was founded in 1924 and moved to its building in Reşatbey in 1972, is the home to stone products like sculptures, inscriptions, tombs, stelas and architectural pieces as well as archeological finds like terracota pots and pans, various containers, cylinder and magma seals and coins dating back to prehistoric ages of Hittite, Assyria, Phoenicia, Phrygia, Rome, Byzantium and Hellenistic period. The most precious piece of the museum is comprised of 3843 different pieces of inscriptions found in Adana and its vicinity.
- Atatürk Museum - On 15 March 1923, when Atatürk came to Adana with his wife, he was a guest in this building which belonged to Suphi Pasha of Ramazanoğulları family at the time and the building has been converted into a museum afterwards. Many local newspapers that were published during and later The Turkish War of Independence like "Yeni Adana", "Türk Sözü", "Çukurova" and Dirlik; more than 2000 books in Ottoman and Turkish as well as rifles, pistols and pasha apaulettes can be seen here. Address: Kayalıbağ Mah. Seyhan Cad. No: 59 Tel: 0 322 359 78 66
- The Great Clock Tower - The Great Clock Tower of Adana, of which construction was started in 1881 during the governership period of Ziya Pasha and completed by Governer Vali Abidin Pasha in 1882, is 32 meters high and located on Hükümet Meydanı Ali Müfit Street.
- Taşköprü - The 310 meters long bridge that connects Adana (Seyhan) and Karşıyaka (Yüreğir) coasts is one of the works that dates back to Roman Period. It's said to be the oldest bridge in use in the world.
- Varda Viaduct - A James Bond movie has been filmed in the viaduct that was built by Germans to complete the Istanbul-Baghdad-Hijaz railway line.
- Ethnography Museum - Goods belonging to Yürüks who lived in Çukurova villages and the Taurus Mountains.
- Karataş - It's a must to start a raki and fish session in "Feyzi'nin Yeri" after a walk by the seashore of Karataş, which is 48 km away from Adana.
- Atatürk Park - You can find joggers, cyclists, picnic goers and dog walkers in this green area which is nothing less than The Central Park in New York.
- Merkez Park (Central Park) - The city park that was built on an area of 33 hectares in both sides of Seyhan River is located in between Sabanci Mosque in South and Galleria shopping center in North. There are more than 400.000 plants, 40 kinds of trees, 12 pools, a playground built on an area of 2,2 hectares, a roller-blade park, an amphitheater, circular patios and 3 km long jogging and cycling parcours in Merkez Park.
- Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque) - The walls of the 16th century mosque are adorned with black and white marble.
- Neighbourhoods of Adana - Old Adana: You'll find local eating and shopping spots like small restaurants, Mısır Çarşısı and Bakırcılar Çarşısı all along these streets that encircle The Great Clock Tower and vicinity.
- City Center: There is a much more modern and young atmosphere of Adana Ziyapaşa vicinity. Atatürk Park, shops for shopping and cafes are all side by side in this neighbourhood.
- New Adana: This place mostly consists of Barajyolu and places around it. There are alternatives of water sports, jogging parcours and picnic areas in Seyhan Reservoir.
You've come all this way to Adana, tried different tastes and done with your shopping. Now, if you're curious about what to do and where to go for the night life of Adana, we've already prepared some alternatives for you. People in Adana really likes to go out. You can easily find different places for your taste or places where you can experience the entertainment habits of local people.
- Cazara - There is a stage for live performances on the first floor of the venue of which second floor is spared for electronic music. Sometimes jazz and sometimes rock performances take the stage. Its audience is mostly young people. Address: Güzelyalı Mh. Süleyman Demirel Bulvarı Tel: 0532 540 34 90
- Newport - The restaurant, which has a cosmopolitan menu with courses like cream cheese tortellini, schnitzel and chicken tikka, turns into a bar after 10 pm and one starts to see people dancing around. If you are going to Adana, check the schedule of this place where soccer games are also shown from time to time. Address: Şinasi Efendi Caddesi, Kurtuluş Apartmanı 25B Tel: 0322 456 09 14 Website: http://newportadana.com/
- Maki - If you're not there to eat oven roasted branzino with vine leaves, you should be seated in the bar or the garden for the amazing atmosphere after 10 pm. Address: Uğur Mumcu Bulvarı 30/A, Bayram Apartmanı altı Tel: 0 322 232 52 12
- Tobacco Shop - This place, where you can hang out in open air sitting on comfortable couches in the garden, also offers great music. Address: Ziyapaşa Bulvarı. Şinasi Efendi Caddesi
- North Shield - The Adana branch of the well-known English pub is very popular especially at the rush hours. Address: Ziyapaşa Bulvarı Seyhan Tel: 0 322 458 62 62 Website: http://www.thenorthshield.com
- City code: 0 322
- Culture and Tourism Directorate: 0 322 363 15 87
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