From Mersin to Anamur

The road  from Mersin to Silifke closely follows the coast, passing pine forest and orange groves. On one side lie the ruins of cities, basilicas and tombs, on the other a series  of small secluded coves with sandy beaches. Eleven km. west of Mersin is  a row of Corinthian colums that once lined the main steet ofViranşehir founded in 700 BC by Rhodians. At Kanlıdivane are the ruins of ancient Kanytelis, with tombs resembling small temples, churches and sarcophagi dating from Roman and Byzantine times.

Kızkalesi, 50 km. southwest of Mersin is a lovely holiday resort and ancient site of Korykos with fine sandy beaches, motels, canp sites. The 12th century Castle of Korykos on shore faces another fort, Kızkalesi (Maiden Castle) that stands on an tiny island 200 meters offshore. Formely a sea wall joined the two fortresses.

Just beyond Kızkalesi , on a bay lined with fish restaurants at the littele fishing village of Narlıkuyu, is a roman mosaic called the Three Beauties. Farther on is a naturally formed cave kown as Cennet 275 meters by 125 meters at the ruins of a temple converted into a Chriatian chapel in the fifth century. The cashm called Hell is 50-75m wide and 80-120m deep. Nearby is the deep Narlıkuyu Cave, full of stalagmites and stalacties and calsium caronate.