Adana City Guide
Hit the Road to Adana
A Day in Adana
Kebab, şırdan, liver and bici bici... When you think of Adana, the first thing to come to mind is food. However, the city offers more than just delicious food. Renting a car is the first thing you need to do in order to see Adana properly. You can easily reserve your rental car via the Avis Adana car rental Office by phone or via the website. After renting a car in Adana, all you have to do is to set off and enjoy the beauties that Adana has to offer. So, what to eat in Adana? Where to eat in Adana? What are the historical places of Adana? We asked these questions to the locals of Adana, and prepared a pleasant travel guide based on the answers we received.
Breakfast in Adana
If you are starting your day in Adana, you should be ready for surprises, because breakfast in Adana means liver and turnip juice. People of Adana start their daily culinary marathons with liver which is served at lunch or dinner in other cities. If you think that liver will be heavy for breakfast, you can try another Adana classic, banana milk and toast duo.
Historical Places of Adana
You will understand better how you made the right decision by renting a car in Adana after you see the distances between the places to visit. The first place recommended by the locals of Adana for you to see after breakfast is Yılankale, which is about 50 km away. Locals of Adana call the castle, which is located on a hill overlooking the Ceyhan Plain, as Shahmaran Castle. It is said that this name was given to the castle by Evliya Çelebi due to the legend of Shahmaran. Built in the 12th century by the Cilician Armenian King Levon I, the castle had a strategic importance during the Crusades. Archaeologists say that the structure is far ahead of its period due to its elaborate details. Many inscriptions and ruins from Armenians and Byzantines can be seen in the castle, which also includes a chapel.
It may also be interesting to see Sirkeli Mound, which is 25 km away from Yılankale. The most impressive part of the mound is the rock relief depicting the Hittite king Muwatalli (1306-1282 BC) with a long-skirted robe. Muwatalli Relief, which is thought to be the rock relief of the oldest known Hittite king in history, is located on a rock overlooking the Ceyhan River in Sirkeli Village.
A Delicious Break
After your historical journey in Yılankale and Sirkeli Village, you are ready for the second culinary break of the day. If you are very hungry, you can take a break in Ceyhan, which is about 7 km from Sirkeli Village. If you are returning back to Adana, we recommend you to eat something at the city's famous kebab restaurants. Great kebabs praised by gourmets are waiting for you in restaurants. You can also prefer şırdan or mumbar stuff for lunch.
Sabancı Central Mosque, one of the magnificent examples of modern Islamic architecture, should be your first stop in the city center. The mosque with six minarets, inspired by the Blue Mosque, is one of the largest religious buildings in the Middle East.
People of Adana call the St. Paul Church, which was built in the 19th century, as Bebekli Church. The reason for this is that they think that the 2.5-meter statue of Virgin Mary on the roof resembles a baby. Armenians built the church, which is used by Catholic and Protestant communities today. This unique building is an important part of Adana's multicultural identity.
After seeing the church, you can go to Stone Bridge, one of the city's symbolic structures. The historical bridge belonging to the Hittites was rebuilt by the Romans with stones. According to the people of Adana, you must go to this bridge and watch Seyhan river to fully experience the city.
Adana's places to visit and culinary stops are unlimited. It is very difficult to experience every culinary stop and whole cuisine of the city while visiting this city that offers you unique tastes. The city's cuisine is so rich that it is almost impossible to taste everything. Let us point out that locals of Adana, whose recommendations we asked for dinner, had difficulty in making choices. Although Adana kebab is the primary recommendation, liver, zucchini çintme, kırkkat (forty layers), analı kızlı, vardabit paça, stuffed meatballs, fellah meatballs, goose head, peanut meatballs and stuffed tripe are among the other famous Adana dishes you can give a try. We should not forget to make a sweet closing with bici bici after dinner.
Nightlife in Adana
The heart of nightlife in Adana beats in Ziyapaşa Boulevard. This is the address for those who do not want to end the day after dinner. It is possible to find a place suitable for every taste in Ziyapaşa, where bars, cafés and nightclubs are lined up.