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NATURAL BEAUTY - The shores of Anamur are an infinite sea of sand

We have already mentioned the beach of the ancient Anemurium city. In Anamur there are many beaches. Even in the shore of the city centre there is a long sandy beach.

If we turn right at the crossroads where there is the statue of a woman carrying bananas, we reach the shore. A long breakwater separates the shore into two parts. The quality of the sand in the beach, which extends for miles and miles, is very high. Right behind the beach there is a row of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars.

The sea is absolutely unpolluted and its deep blue is very pleasant.

The hotels along the shore provide umbrellas, deck chairs, and food and drink services to the beach. There are stations on the beach for those wishing to do aquatic sports.

The road right behind the beach is closed to vehicle traffic in the evenings and the road becomes a promenade area.

All along the breakwater there are boats for tours, which generally begin towards the evening. Among the places included in the tours there are the Anemurium beach and the Mamure fortress. Tea and coffee is offered during the tours, and if you come with a big enough group, tours according to your wishes will be organised.

Entrance to the long beach is free of charge. The part where there are the hotels may get a bit crowded, but the beach being so long, finding a peaceful place does not require too long a walk.

Adam Kayalar and Şeytan Deresi
The place called Şeytan Deresi is a deep canyon. The Kazıdere stream flows along the bottom of the canyon. The walls of rock along the sides of the canyon can at times be outright frightening when they rise with a 90 degree inclination.

The human figures carved out of the rock walls, reminiscent of the walls of a fortress, are very impressive and surprising.

The Göksu Delta: A source of life throughout history!
The Göksu Delta is a coastal plain formed by the sediments carried by the Göksu River. This is an ongoing process.

To the west of the point where the Göksu flows into the sea there are two lakes. One of these is the 400 hectare Paradeniz Lagoon, which is connected to the sea, but also separated from it by a sand bar. The other is the 1200 hectare Akgöl, which is more a sweet water lake. The other important permanent lakes are Kuğu Gölü (Swan Lake) which is an alluvial lagoon between Akgöl and Paradeniz, and Arapalanı Gölü to the east of Paradeniz.

The total area of beaches and salty steps, which have in great part kept their natural characteristics, is 5300 hectares.

Source of life
The delta is not important just for the local and national economies, but also for wildlife. The Göksu Delta is one of the Mediterranean area’s wetlands that have been able to preserve their natural characteristics, and since it includes different kinds of habitats, it also serves as a refuge where many kinds of birds, lay eggs, feed and spend the winter or stop on their way to longer migrations. Especially during winter months, many aquatic birds migrate to Göksu due to the freezing of the wetlands of Inner Anatolia.

The delta is of vital importance also from the point of view of the long-term health of fisheries, since it is the place where many kinds of fish lay eggs and where the newborn fish feed and grow. The lakes in the delta and the area where the river flows into the sea together with the coasts around there, are the refuges of newborn fishes.

Hell and Paradise /Korykion -Antron
If you ask us whether there can exist hell and paradise in this world, we can answer that yes in Mersin they do exist.

Like so many other gullies of the region, the Hell and Paradise gullies had religious significance in ancient times. First of all you reach the remains of an ancient city, then the Temple of Zeus and finally these two gullies, which according to polytheistic beliefs were sacred, and the connected system of caverns.

In addition to Turkish and foreign tourists, also the locals visit these places with a sense of religious awe.

The Paradise Depression is connected to the great and deep cavern known in ancient times as the Corycian Cave

Reaching Paradise is not easy. You have to go down 450 steps and then go up those same stairs to return. Those not strong enough to do this in Mersin’s hot weather, should be content with just looking down from the top.

The Hell or Arasat gully is among rocky outcrops, 75 metres to the North of the Paradise Depression. Since even its walls are concave, descent to the bottom is not easy. This place, where according to legend Typhon was temporarily imprisoned, looks very scary.

Migratory birds
Up to now 332 species of birds have been identified in the area. This is the highest number of bird species in a single wetland.

The delta is important also because it harbours endangered bird species like the small cormorant, the crested pelican, the summer duck, pasbaş patka, the big forest eagle and the monarch eagle. Among the other bird species of the area we may mention the small goshawk, the night heron, the motley heron, the purple heron, the francolin, the kocagöz, the marsh sparrow, the whitish cılıbıt, the lapwing and the small sumru.

The white heron, the small white heron, the grey heron, the bull heron, the marsh European coot and the İzmir kingfisher are among the birds that incubate their eggs.

While many aquatic birds like the grey goose, the fiyu, the çamurcun, the spoon beak and the sakarmeke spend the winter in this area, many çeltikçi and storks stop here before proceeding with their migration.

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