Narlıkuyu is a coastal town in Cilician Mountains region, southern Turkey.

Get in

Get around

The town centre lies on the former winding and narrow highway closely following the coast, about 1 km south of the current highway. Many side streets link each other.

Heaven and Hell chasms and the Asthma Cave is located about 3 km north of the (current) highway. There is no public transport to there from the town centre, or from the highway junction for that matter, but you can walk that gently-ascending slope or try hitchhiking. When coming in from out of town (from Mersin, for example) ask to be dropped off at Cennet-Cehennem (pronounced jayn nayt jay hayn naym) to get off at the junction of the road leading to the chasms instead of the town centre. There is also a carpark free of charge at the entrance of the site.


The main attraction of the town is Heaven and Hell chasms (Cennet-Cehennem) and the Asthma Cave, all located very near each other. The cliff of Heaven will welcome you to this area which overlooks the sea from a distance.

A ticket valid for both Heaven and Hell costs 5 TL, but rock bottom budget travellers might consider viewing Heaven from the roadside above immediately on the edge of the cliff for free (it is not possible to go down inside the chasm without a ticket, though), and cross their fingers for having the ticket control in front of the viewing balcony of Hell unmanned — which sometimes is the case.


Narlıkuyu is known for its fish restaurants by the shore, visited by many people from Mersin during weekends to have a meal accompanied by a glass of rakı. Hacı Amca'nın Yeri is one of such restaurants, a very cool place with fresh fish and very tasteful arugula salad.

Along the road to Heaven-Hell, there are a number of open-air "restaurants" consisting of replicas of the tents of local nomadic Yörük tribes. Most offer Turkish cheese-pancake (gözleme) and ayran, the yoghurt drink.


Local foamy yayık ayranı, produced with the ancient way of churning, has some level of fame and is quite refreshing on a hot day. There is a road-side stall on the corner where the uphill road to Heaven-Hell branches off the main highway, which offers a pint of icy yayık ayranı for 3 TL.


(+90) 324 is the telephone code of the town.

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Routes through Narlıkuyu

Antalya Silifke  W  E  Mersin Adana

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