Set in the heart of the Cukurova Plain, Turkey’s fourth largest city, Adana is at the centre of the rich agricultural region and a thriving textile industry. The Taskopru (Stone Bridge) built by Hadrian and repaired by Justinian, spans the River Seyhan which bisects the town; only 14 of the bridge’s original 21 arches still stand. Of interest in the city are the 16th century Ulu Mosque, the Eski Mosque, the Hasan Aga Mosque, the 19th century clock tower and the old covered bazaar.
The city’s three museums, the Archaeological Museum, which displays locally excavated Hittite and Roman remains, the charming Ethnography Museum, and the Ataturk Culture Museum should be included in a tour of the city. After a day of sightseeing you can sample Adana kebab, a sensational spicy tube of ground meat. Local beverages include salgam, a drink made from dark turnips and sira, a type of grape juice.
North of the city, the Seyhan Dam and Lake have shady walks and quaint tea gardens and restaurants creating a cool place to escape the heat. At sunset, look back toward the city to the peaceful, winding ruby river, lined with twinkling lights.