Mersin, We think Mersin may be the most economical place to have a sea vacation in the whole of the Mediterranean and Aegean.
- Yerköprü Waterfall National
- Heaven Hell Pitches
- Girls Castle
- pomegranate well
- Alahan Monastery, Mut
Actually, it’s not just a holiday in Mersin, life in general is cheaper. For this reason, it received immigration from Eastern Anatolia and Syria at least as much as its own population. Again, it is one of the summer resorts preferred by Central and Eastern Anatolia due to its affordable prices and proximity.
Our most impressive discovery in Mersin is by far the district of Mut; Yerköprü Waterfall, located in Yerköprü National Park. In our opinion, the most prominent beauty of Mersin in tourism studies has already been protected as a nature monument. You have to make some effort to see the waterfall; It is on the Ermenek road, in a far more remote place from other things you would want to visit in Mersin; After arriving in the National Park, you need to walk for 30-45 minutes to reach the waterfall in the canyon.
Uphill on the way, climbing on the way back. But you walk in such a beautiful canyon, you pass through such impressive places that you never feel offended. It takes 2 hours to go to the waterfall. 2 km downhill turn and 2 km steep ramp climb on foot. The opening and closing time varies according to the seasons, it is recommended to go at least 3 4 hours before sunset. Since there are 2 2,5 walking paths, they close the doors after a certain time.
Kızkalesi is one of the most known touristic places in Erdemli. Although it is called Erdemli, it is actually 23 kilometers from Erdemli and about 60 kilometers from Mersin. Kızkalesi can also be referred to as a Sea Castle in some places, so if you hear it that way, don’t be confused.
Kizkalesi is beautiful, the sea is beautiful, but the town is overcrowded and of poor quality. I say go for a day, swim and come back.
Kizkalesi is about 600 meters from the land, that is, quite close, so you can either swim or rent a pedalo to go. We rented sea bikes, but there were also swimmers, so don’t worry. By the way, the sea is really magnificent, it’s not that we left our bike there and didn’t come to the surface! You can reach the castle in about 10-15 minutes by bike.. The cleanest sea you can enter in Mersin region. Korkykos Joy Beach Family Beach is very nice, I recommend it.
Heaven Hell Pitches
These depressions were formed as a result of the collapse of the ceiling; of the caves in the Miocene Age (a time period that corresponds to 23-5 million years ago) millions of years ago, even before humanity even existed.
The pit of Paradise is as spacious as its name; like an oasis, and if it is easy to get up and down; Hell is a place just like its name; so creepy and difficult to get up and down.
Of course, like us; you will be content with looking at Hell from the viewing terrace; but it would not be possible to return without descending to the 450-stepped Paradise pit. Hell is really deep. 128 meters, ie 30-35 storey building. The name is probably given because there is no chance of going up and down; and when you look down on the viewing terrace, you shudder because of its depth. Power to the soles! There is also a church at the mouth of the cave; which corresponds to the 300th step of 450 steps.
First of all, the entrances are 60₺ for June 2022. If you buy a museum card, it’s 60₺ and you can enter the asthma cave and Maiden’s Castle for free. There is a lavatory masjid. It is closed due to renovations after the church. It is very pleasant to walk to heaven; the temperature rises as you descend, but when you go down to the bottom; when the coolness comes, you say it was worth it. The church and monument at the bottom are worth seeing.
If you came to Heaven – Hell in the afternoon; there are many fish restaurants by the sea on the Narlıkuyu beach just below. It is a good idea to warn in advance that before you choose the restaurant in Narlıkuyu; ask the price of everything and decide accordingly, otherwise you may encounter an unexpected account.
I have experienced every season in the pomegranate well for years; but the most beautiful one is in May.
Alahan Monastery, Mut
Among the mountains like Saint Pierre in Antakya; which is considered one of the oldest churches of Christianity; deployed at 1,300 meters; Against Göksu, out of sight; The 1,500-year-old Alahan Monastery has; also been one of the frequent destinations of important clergymen such as St. Paul and Barnabas during their journeys to spread Christianity in this geography. When Christianity was forbidden; the first Christians used to pray in this way, in mountain tops and caves; in more isolated and secluded places. Although a few columns in the monastery have been restored; in general I did not find what I expected. There is parking available. Also, since the monastery is on the hill, it has a very nice panoramic view. Entry is free.
It is an enormous Monastery on a very high hill. How people were able to build these structures here is astonishing as always.