Bozyazı, which has not yet found its place in the tourism sector, is more of a rural settlement.
Lately it has been attracting tourists, thanks to its wealth of heritage and natural beauties.
Bozyazı is partly located over an ancient city. Strabon mentions Nagidos together with
This town was known as Nagidos in ancient times and it is thought that it was founded by a
certain Nagis from Samos, during the 5th century B.C. According to Hekataios, who was a
writer of those times, the city was founded by a leader with Semitic origins, called Nagis
Kubernetes. It is also probable that the person mentioned by Hekataios should be a mythical
person. According to more certain information concerning the city, it was part of the
Tarhundaşşa kingdom, founded by the Luwi people, around 2000 B.C. The Assyrians came
up to the Göksu River, during the 8th century B.C., but it is not known whether they reached
Nagidos. At least we do not yet know!
In the 7th century B.C., the city was a commercial port and colony of Samos. The island
right in front of it was a great advantage for a port. Silver coins found during excavations tell
us that the city was economically strong during the 4th century B.C.
During the years between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C., when the Persians dominated the
area, the city was a military garrison town, under Persian control.