Aydıncık – Mersin – Turkey

GPS : 36°08’44.3″N 33°19’32.7″E / 36.145649, 33.325745

Aydıncık Lighthouse
GPS : Latitude 36° 08′ 38” N – Longitude 33° 19′ 25” E
Focal Plane : 23 m, Tower Height : 4 m
Character : W. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 9.5 nautical miles

VHF Channels : 73
Call Sign : ” aydincik harbour ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 36°08’43.5″N 33°19’34.1″E / 36.145407, 33.326130

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 36°08’44.1″N 33°19’31.0″E / 36.145575, 33.325283

Aydıncık is a town and district of Mersin Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, 173 km (107 mi) from Mersin, 325 km (202 mi) from Antalya, 75 km west of Silifke, 52 km east of Anamur and 32 km south of Gülnar.

Aydıncık has also been called Celenderis, Gilindire, Kelenderis. Aydıncık is situated between Silifke, Taşucu and Bozyazı, Anamur. It has always been a port town since the Antiquity.

This remote coastline is mostly unspoiled and 38 km long, including some sandy beach, and the town of Aydıncık is spread along the coast near a small point, Sancak Burnu. In a harbour the beautiful blue sea makes a U turn. In the south of this inlet there is a peninsular about 25 m in height and 200 m in length. This peninsular has been artificially lengthened by 200 m to form the southern side of the fishing port.

Aydıncık Harbor is in the town Aydıncık, which used to be called Gilindire and which was called Kelenderis in the antique days. It is a sheltered harbor which is not easy to find at the west Mediterranean. It is a good place for sheltering and anchoring for the little sailing boats since depth in the harbor is 3-4 meters. There is a lighthouse at the top of the harbor, and the inlet is in the direction of west-southwest.


Capacity : 110 boats

Breakwater : Outer Breakwater : 140 m, Inner Breakwater : 75 m
Dock : 40 m
Water Depth : 3.8 – 4 m
Sea Floor : Sand, Mud

Drinkable Water
Net Repealing Area
WC / Shower

Administration : Aydıncık Fishery Products Cooperative

Health : State Hospital, Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Rental Houses
Shopping : Markets, Shops, Stores, Fish Market
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Hair dresser
Beach : Büyükalan, Soğuksu, İncekum
Dining : Fish Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Restaurants, Bakeries, Tea Gardens
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops : City, Anamur, Silifke, Mersin
Technical Equipment Shops : City, Anamur, Silifke, Mersin
Special Shopping : Banana, Orange, Carob, Bay Leaf, Blueberries


The remains of ancient Celenderis are very few and the ruins today are mostly overlaid by the expanding modern Aydıncık. Fortifications may still be detected around the modern lighthouse on the small promontory which forms and commands the harbor. There is a landlocked bay with its famous spring 1.6 km to the west at Soğuksu.

Here there are ancient ruins, notably a bath at the head of the bay and archaeological debris on the peninsula at its mouth. There are handsome but much destroyed rock-cut tombs at Duruhan 9.6 km to the North. In 2002, remains of a 2400 year-old harbor was discovered underwater around the island Yılanlı Ada.

Celenderis Coins
The town gave name to a region called Celenderitis, and coined those silver tetradrachms, which supply some of the earliest and finest specimens of the numismatic art.[8] There are also coins of the Syrian kings, and of the later Roman emperors.

The Port Bath
It was most probably built during fourth or fifth centuries AD. The castle on the point and the theater apparently belong to the Roman era.

In the graveyards of the city, rock graves, vaulted graves and pyramid-roofed monumental graves can be seen spanning a period from the sixth millennium B.C. up to the fourth century. The majority of the items displayed at the museum are from these graves.

Floor Mosaic
The mosaic discovered near the port in 1992 is an exceptional example in depicting the panorama of the city as it stood in the fifth century.

The Dörtayak Cenotaph
There is a large Roman Cenotaph with four columns from the 2nd century. It was marked as a CENOTAPH (a monument erected as a memorial to a dead person or dead people buried elsewhere, especially people killed fighting a war) on the map of Chelindreh harbor prepared by Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. This is a tetrapylon made of well-cut limestones with a rectangular burial room on the lower part, four pylons erected on this and a pyramidal roof carried by the arches of the four pylons. This type is a common one in the Roma period and may be dated to the second half of the second or early third century AD.

Gilindire Cave
The cave of Gilindere is about an hour’s ride along the coast by small boat, and is 555 m of attractive stone and crystal formations.

They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Mediterranean Monk Seal live in caves of between Gemidurağı and Yelkenliada. Also 20 pairs of Island Gull (Larus audouini) of totally 40 pairs live in Yelkenliada and Küçükada.

Bus : Aydıncık – Mersin, Adana, Antalya
Airport : Adana Şakirpaşa International Airport, Konya International Airport, Dalaman International Airport, Antalya International Airport, Gazipaşa International Airport

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