Atakent, Silifke – Mersin – Turkey
GPS : 36°25’11.2″N 34°05’26.6″E / 36.419778, 34.090722
Yapraklı Bay is to the right of the road between Atakent and Mersin. You become enchanted the moment you see the clear and turquoise sea that is surrounded by rocks. Cold water that is coming from the ground is a nice change in the heat of summer. The fact that there is water being warm up by the sun on one side and there are icy waters on the other side is just the proof that nature holds all the beauties in it.
You can go for a swim or you can read a book under the shadows of trees while listening the sound of waves. Yapraklı Bay is visited both for swimming and for treatment purposes. The sea has two layers here: top layer is 8° C cold water and the lower layer is the 28° C hot water. Many people come to this mysterious bay for physiotherapy.
Atakent is a Mediterranean coastal town in Silifke district which itself is a part of Mersin Province. Alluvial plains of Silifke lie in the west of the town and hilly coastline is in the east of the town. The town is on the D 400 highway. The distance to Mersin is 67 km (42 mi) and to Silifke is 15 km (9.3 mi).
The main activity in Atakent with wide sandy beaches is tourism. Boarding houses and campings as well as newer hotels and clubs attract domestic tourists. Agriculture, especially forced crop agriculture is also an important activity. Fruits, like strawberries are well known products of Atakent.
Beach : Yapraklı Koy
Special Shopping : Strawberries, Laurel
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Shopping : Shops, Stores, Markets
Entertainment : Clubs
Health : Health Centers, Doctors, Nurses
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops : Taşucu
Technical Equipment Shops : Taşucu
If you want to travel through the history, you must definitely go to Paslı. You can reach Paslı after an 11 km journey from Türkmenoğlu village. There are cisterns, houses, an unfinished temple construction and tomb remains that belong to Roman period in the region.
Mezgit Castle is one of the most significant and most visited historical artifacts of Atakent, which is 2 km east of Paslı. It belongs to Roman period around 2nd or 3rd century AD. This mausoleum is the most magnificent and well-preserved structure of the region. The most important feature of the mausoleum is that there is a phallus embossing on the sidewall stone of the podium. Phallus is associated with Priapos, god of fertility and life. A rock cistern near the mausoleum and a big stone cylinder used to extract olive oil are some other remains that you can see. And there is also a hollowed out plane tree, which is century old and in which five people can easily fit, right behind the mausoleum.
It is 4 kilometers away from Paslı. There are ruins where there are many remains that belong to early Byzantine and late Roman civilizations. Here there are sarcophaguses, lion doors,
necropolis, rock tombs, cistern, a small castle, church and tens of house remains.
They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Minibus : Yapraklı – Atakent, Narlıkuyu
Bus : Atakent – Narlıkuyu, Erdemli, Taşucu, Silifke
Airport : Adana Şakirpaşa International Airport, Konya International Airport, Dalaman International Airport, Antalya International Airport, Gazipaşa International Airport