Mersin is a large city and a busy port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey and is the capital of the Mersin Province. This coast has been inhabited since the 9th millennium BC.


The city has been a crossroads for centuries the local culture is a medley of civilizations. Mersin has a State Opera and Ballet, the fourth in Turkey after Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara. Mersin International Music Festival was established in 2001, and takes place every October.

There is a great museum in the city centre. The municipal cemetery is interesting as people of all faiths and denominations can be buried here.

In order to swim in clean water you need to get out of town, perhaps an hour along the coast.