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Introduction

Adana is a city in the Adana Province in the eastern part of Mediterranean Turkey and in south central Anatolia. Adana is Turkey's fourth largest city with about 1.6 million inhabitants, and southeast Anatolia's trading center. The town lies in southeastern Turkey about 30 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. The area has some interesting sights. The most fascinating thing about city is the old town at the Seyhan River's left bank. A walk here is like traveling back in time. The old mosque, Uma Cami from 1507, which is located here, shows an interesting mix of styles.

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Sights and Activities

  • Bazar - In the old town is a covered bazaar where there are being traded extensively.
  • archaeological museum - Adana has an interesting archaeological museum with findings from the Bronze Age and Greek/Roman times.
  • Ethnological museum - The ethnological museum displays Islamic folk art, rugs and weapons.

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Weather

Adana has a typical Mediterranean climate and winters are mild and wet and summers are hot and dry. Average highs range from around 15 °C in January to 34 °C in July in August, though the record stands much higher at 44 °C. Lows are between 5 °C and 24 °C respectively, though temperatures at night in winter can drop below zero as well. Almost all of the city's precipitation falls from November to April.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max14.7 °C15.9 °C19.1 °C23.5 °C28.2 °C31.7 °C33.8 °C34.6 °C33.1 °C29 °C22.5 °C16.7 °C
Avg Min5 °C5.8 °C7.9 °C11.6 °C15.5 °C19.4 °C22.5 °C22.9 °C19.7 °C15.4 °C10.6 °C6.8 °C
Rainfall110.3 mm90.1 mm65.6 mm52.7 mm46.6 mm21.6 mm6.3 mm4.8 mm15.2 mm43.7 mm73.1 mm120.9 mm
Rain Days10.810.41096.33.110.82.65.57.110.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Adana Şakirpaşa Airport (IATA: ADA, ICAO: LTAF) in located near Adana. Airlines flying into the airport include Blue Wings (Düsseldorf; Stuttgart), Onur Air (Antalya, Ercan, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir), Pegasus Airlines (Antalya, Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Trabzon) and Turkish Airlines (Ankara, Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Venice).

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Adana Madi HotelDoseme mah. Seyhan belediyesi karsisiHotel-
Kristal HotelOzler Caddesi No 5 KucuksaatHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.

There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.

Post

PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.

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