Flights to Adana
Adana isn’t one of Turkey’s better known tourist destinations, but it is the country’s fifth largest city. Adana is located just 30 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean, so you could combine a city visit with coastal fun and exploration.
Flights to Adana will arrive at the Adana Sakirpasa Airport (airport code: ADA), which is located less than 4 kilometres from the downtown of the city. When coming from Johannesburg, most flights to Adana have 2 stops but Turkish Airlines does have a route that only connects in Istanbul. South African Airways goes through Cairo and then Istanbul, which is the same route offered by Egyptair. You can get stops in London and Istanbul on a flight to Adana with either Virgin or British Airways.
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The Tourist Attractions of Adana:
As with many cities in Turkey, Adana is an ancient city that has been occupied by one civilisation or another for over three thousand years. Today it’s a modern and sprawling city but there still remains evidence of earlier inhabitants. The golden age for Adana was far more recently, occurring in the late 15th and 16th centuries when the city was chosen by the Ramazanoglu Empire to be their capital. There are still a number of Adana’s more famous landmarks that date from this time.
From Roman times the only remain landmark is Taskopru. This is a Roman bridge that crosses over the River Seyhan, and considering its age it is very impressive. It’s thought the bridge was built in 384AD and it originally had 21 arches, back in the time when the river would have been wider. Up until 2007 the bridge was still open to motorised traffic, making it the oldest vehicular bridge in the world, but now it is reserved for pedestrians.
Meaning Orchard Hill, the Tepebag neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Adana. It’s situated just up from the Taskopru Bridge, and as the English translation suggests it is on a hill. There are many residential buildings here, as well as schools and other buildings you would expect in a neighbourhood of a city. Some are still very well preserved, but there are plans right now to restore many of the buildings and convert into boutique hotels and more, so as to attract more visitors to Adana.
The Great Cock Tower, or Buyuk Saat, is particularly great in Turkey as it is the tallest clock tower in the country, standing 32 metres high. This is one of the best known landmarks of Adana because of its height, and you’ll find the clock tower in the old town district of the city. The clock tower was built in 1881 and completed just the following year, then had a renovation in 1935 after being damaged during French occupation of Adana.
Sabanci Merkez Camii
Adana is home to numerous mosques, many of which are very historical too, dating back hundreds of years. Sabanci Merkez Camii is not historic but it’s the most visited mosque in Adana and the largest in Turkey. It was built in 1999 and has a very similar exterior to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The huge interior can take 28,500 people.
When Should You Visit?:
Adana has a Mediterranean climate so it stays a pleasant temperature all year round. It’s hottest between May and October when average highs range between 28 and 34.4C, but this may be too hot for sightseeing. Summers are dry and sunny though. Spring and autumn have milder temperatures though some rainfall, so come with a raincoat or umbrella. Winters are the wettest time of year and coolest.