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Mersin

Mersin comprises a very long seashore on the eastern end of the Mediterranean and ranks as the area least affected by pollution along this sea, itself the rising star of world tourism. Mersin is a city and surroundings with long beaches, enchanting inlets and the Taurus Mountains rising just behind it.

In his extensive study titled, “Mediterranean”, Fernand Braudel, historian and expert on the Mediterranean, says:

“What is the Mediterranean? A thousand and one things, all together. Not just one kind of scenery, but innumerable sceneries. Not just one sea, but many seas one after the other. Not just one civilisation, but many civilisations one on top of the other.”

The plains of his sun-kissed city are resplendent with some of the best lemon and orange groves of Turkey and its countless vineyards curl up into the low foothills of the mountains. For four thousand years the local populations of this area have been migrating throughout the Mediterranean area, and this adventure continues to live on even today as the Yörük nomads and their herds hold tightly to their tradition of migrating between the foothills and the summits of the Taurus Mountains.

For most of the year, when the tourists lying on the sand under the burning Mediterranean sun happen to look up, they see the snow capped summits of the Taurus Mountains. In between them there are the evergreen vegetable gardens and orchards, followed by the pine forests and meadows. A vast scenery extending from the blue sea to the white mountain tops.

Mersin is a provincial capital and one of the livelier cities of Turkey. While the daily life in these parts has the slow pace typical of the Mediterranean, it suddenly gets livelier once you reach Mersin. Market places and shopping districts are lively and crowded at all times of the day.

Mersin is a fast-growing city that has managed to allow its industry, agriculture and tourism to coexist. It is also a port and the agricultural and industrial products of the fertile Çukurova plain are exported Mersin. The port is also the place through which the imports needed by agriculture and industry enter into Turkey.

The Mediterranean has historically been an important seaway.

This sea had all the conditions necessary for becoming a seaway and that is how it turned to be. However this suitability does not mean that it is a peaceful sea. Since ancient times it has always been known that it can spring surprises.

In the 7th century B.C., in his poem “Works and Days”, Hesiod called on his brother, who had rural origins like the poet himself, but earned his living as a mariner, in the following way: ”When it is winter and there are unfavourable winds blowing from all sides, instead of venturing out to the wine coloured sea, till your fields. Ground your boat and surround it with stones (...) roll up your sails carefully, hang up your rudder on a corner of your fireplace and wait until it is once more season for sailing.”

Also the famous Genoese admiral Andrea Doria did not reflecyt great trust in the Mediterranean when he said: “There are three ports in the Mediterranean: Carthage, June and July.”




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