Kumkuyu is a Mediterranean coastal town in the Erdemli district of Mersin Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The town is quite rich in terms of historical artifacts. Major attractions are Akkale (White Castle), aqueducts, water wells, reservoirs. Just above the town’s aqueducts are still standing.
The main livelihood source of the village are lemon, citrus, banana, tomato, green bean, olive, laurel, carob, lettuce and fishing.
Capacity : 250 Yachts
Outer Breakwater : 740 m
Inner Breakwater : 300 m
Pier : 3 x 270 m
Dock : 100 m x 5 m, 200 m x 4.5 m, 100 m x 4 m
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops : Erdemli
Technical Equipment Shops : Erdemli
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Rental Houses, Picnic Areas
Beach : Blue Flaged Zincirlikuyu and Töbank Public Beaches
Dining : Restaurants, Buffets, Cafes, Bakeries
Health : Health Center – Hospital, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists (Erdemli)
Shopping : Supermarket, Stores, Shops, Markets
Special Shopping : Lemon, Olive, Tomato, Laurel, Lettuce, Carob
THE MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL
The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) is a pinniped belonging to the Phocidae family. At some 350-450 (fewer than 500) remaining individuals it is believed to be the world’s second rarest pinniped (second only to the Saimaa Ringed Seal), and one of the most endangered mammals in the world. It is present in parts of the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean waters around the Tropic of Cancer as well.
OLBIOS MARINA RESORT HOTEL
Olbios Marina Resort Hotel 3* which is established on the celestial lands where King of Gods Olbios Zeus and Queen Aba spread Happiness and Good Fortune and whose name was associated with richness. Located in an area near Historical ruins of Akkale that has witnessed history. Holiday opportunity at an unique place far from settlement area, with a parks of 50,000 m2, sand beach of 100 m long right next to Kumkuyu Marina.
It has been well-known with its fish restaurants. Fish Restaurants are available mostly at seafront.
Kumkuyu – Mersin 50 km (31 mi), Erdemli 13 km (8.1 mi), Silifke 35 km, Akkale Tırtar ruins 1 km, Kanlıdivane / Queen Aba 5 km, Heaven (Cennet), Hell (Cehennem) and Asthma Cavern (Astım Mağarası) 15 km, Kızkalesi 10 km
Minibus : Kumkuyu – Erdemli
Bus : Kumkuyu – Erdemli, Mersin, Silifke
Train : Mersin – Adana, Osmaniye, Dörtyol, İskenderun, Islahiye, Elazığ, Kayseri, Ankara, Konya
Airport : Adana Şakirpaşa International Airport, Konya International Airport
Places of interest
Akkale (also called Tırtar Akkale where Tırtar is the former name of Kumkuyu) is situated to south west of Kumkuyu at 36°32′N 34°13′E. Its distance to Erdemli is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) and to Mersin is 51 kilometres (32 mi). The buildings are accessible by a short lane from the Turkish state highway D.400. The distance to Mediterranean Sea coast is about 250 metres (820 ft). Although the popular name Akkale means “White castle”, actually the complex is not a castle.
It consists of the ruins of big building which was once a five-storey building, a small single-dome building and a large cistern. The five storey building is rightfully called palace, for it was used both as the office and the lodging building of the governor. The corbels which are on all sides of the building indicate the existence of a now completely-demolished balcony which circumscribed the building. The main staircase of the building was a spiral staircase. The small building was the treasury office and the office documents were kept in the basement of the building. The cistern is one of the biggest cisterns of Cilicia with over 17,000 square metres (180,000 sq ft). It was used to sell water to ships.
Kanlıdivane means “bloody crazy”. This may refer to the red color of the surrounding soil. The name may also refer to a dreadful legend according to which the criminals had been executed by throwing into the sinkhole during Roman times. Every year during Mersin International Music Festival, one or two outdoor concerts are held in Kanlıdivane. The audiences and performers sit at the opposite sides of the sinkhole. (During such concerts Metropolitan municipality of Mersin add free bus trips to Kanlıdivane.)
Kanlıdivane (ancient Canytelis) is an ancient city situated around a big sinkhole in Mersin Province, Turkey. Kanlıdivane is in the rural area of Erdemli district, which is a part of Mersin Province. It is 18 km (11 mi) to Erdemli and 55 km (34 mi) to Mersin. Its altitude is approximately 230 m (750 ft). It is close to the town Kumkuyu at the coast and just few hundred meters to Çanakçı rock tombs. The sinkhole is quite wide; the longer dimension being 130 m (430 ft). The depth is about 70 m (230 ft)
Kanlıdivane was a part of the Olba kingdom in the ancient age. In the northern necropolis, there is a mausoleum, which was built by the Queen Aba for her husband and sons. On the inscription of the tower at south-west it reads; “Built by Teukros, the son of priest king Tarkyaris of Olba for Zeus.” By the first century, Olba kingdom became a part of Roman Empire. Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II rebuilt the city as a Christian religious center and renamed it Neapolis. There are ruins of basilicas, cisterns, rock cut graves etc. around the sinkhole.
ÇANAKÇI ROCK TOMB
Çanakçı rock tombs are a group of rock-carved tombs in Mersin Province, Turkey.
Çanakçı tombs are a few hundred meters west of Kanlıdivane sink hole. The general altitude of the area is around 225 m (738 ft).They are sculpted on rocks on the southern side of a road running parallel to Datça-Mersin highway and the Mediterranean coastline at an altitude a few meters above the level of the road. The distance to Kumkuyu town is 6 km (3.7 mi) to Erdemli is 19 km (12 mi) and to Mersin is 56 km (35 mi).
The tombs were carved in around 2nd century AD, during Roman Empire period. Each tomb has a rectangular opening. On some of the openings there are inscriptions which condemn potential tomb thieves . Also on some tombs human figures are carved, unquestionably belonging to the bodies in the tombs. In two niches there are 3 human figures in each and in one niche there is one human figure.