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Silifke's Ayatekla - student of the Apostle Paul

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Silifke's Ayatekla - student of the Apostle Paul

Excavations in the extremely fertile region of the Göksu Delta show a number of prehistoric relics, so that the settlement history at Silifke can be traced back to at least the Bronze Age.

Free climbing with courage - two climbers show their skills

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Free climbing with courage - two climbers show their skills

What do paragliders, at least some of them, do when wind and weather conditions do not offer good flight conditions? Yes, right, you climb freely and without any equipment on the rocks of the take off.

The Cave Church of Alaoda

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The Cave Church of Alaoda

If you drive the road between Karaman and Mut, you should take a short break at the village of Geçimli (Malya) and ask passers-by for directions to the church grotto and the monastery of Alaoda. There was no signage at that time.

The ruins of Tokmar Kalesi near Silifke

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The ruins of Tokmar Kalesi near Silifke

After visiting Yilan Kalesi near Ceyhan and the Lambron Castle near Camliyaila, we drove back to Tarsus and then took the coastal road D 400 in the direction of Silifke via Anamur and Gazipasa to Alanya.

Adana Airport - Şakirpaşa Havalimanı

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Flughafen Adana - Şakirpaşa Havalimanı

Adana Airport (Turkish Adana Şakirpaşa Havalimanı) is one of the largest Turkish airports and is located near Adana.

Turkey - Bird Watching at Göksu River

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Turkey - Bird Watching at Göksu River

Turkey is one of the richest countries in wetlands among the countries in Europe and the Middle East. These wetlands have great importance especially for wildlife as well as for local economy.

Taşucu - Ferry to Girne-Kyrenia on Northern Cyprus

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Taşucu - Ferry to Girne-Kyrenia on Northern Cyprus

A really nondescript town on the Turkish Riviera, which has got its fame almost exclusively due to its car-ferry harbor: Taşucu - Ferry to Girne / Kyrenia on Northern Cyprus.

Alahan Monastery in Mut at Göksu Valley

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Alahan Monastery in Mut Region

We headed from Mut towards Karaman on Highway 715, which is currently being improved. After the first bend about 22 kilometres after leaving Mut, we are struck by the silhouette of the Alahan Monastery higher up on the mountain.

Tarsus the Capital of ancient Cilicia

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Tarsus the Capital of ancient Cilicia

Tarsus was the Capital of Cilicia, situated on the banks of the river Cydnus and commanding the road from the Mediterranean Sea to Central Anatolia through the Cilician Gate.

Mut, the City of Apricot

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Mut, the City of Apricot

We went to Karaman again with regard to preparation of the 2011 Paragliding Weeks. Here, the district governor drew our attention to the ancient city of Claudiopolis and invited us to see the district centre called Mut and its vicinity. This region is especially famous for growing of Mut Apricot, which is an aromatic apricot type.

Kilise Tepe at River Göksu

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Kilise Tepe at River Göksu

Our invitation from the Municipality of Mut, especially by the Kaymakam….. includes one more special event when we were going to Kilise Tepe, about 25 Kilometers outside of Mut. Always following the Göksu River we at least were leaving the main road going into a farm road, then even going cross country.

Anamur - Ancient Roman Settlement and Medieval Castle

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Anamur - Ancient Roman Settlement and Medieval Castle

After leaving Alanya and driving for about two hours along very small, winding but breathtaking roads, past beautiful bays and lonely beaches, you will reach Anamur, a place not yet touched by mass tourism.  

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