Arpaçbahşiş Arpaçbahşiş is a town in Erdemli district of Mersin Province, Turkey. Although the original settlement is 2 kilometers or 1.2 miles north of the Mediterranean coast, the newer development of the town are being established along the coast. Arpaçbahşiş is located 30 kilometers or 19 miles from Mersin and 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles from Erdemli between the two.
The area around Arpaçbahşiş was a part of historical Cilicia Pedias - eastern part of Cilicia, the flat Cilicia. During the domination of Ramazanoğlu Beylik (a Turkmen dynasty between 13th and 16th centuries), a Turkmen tribe named Varsak settled in the area, north of the modern town of Tömük, several kilometers northeast of Arpaçbahşiş. About 1375, a certain Elvan Bey of Varsak began controlling the area around Arpaçbahşiş. But the settlement was established much later; probably at the beginning of the 18th century during the Ottoman era. Sarıkeçili, a Turkmen tribe from Konya, a city in central Anatolia, settled in the area. The town was named after Arpaç Hüseyin, the chief of the Sarıkeçili tribe.
In 1865, the settlement was established as a village of the Mersin Province. In 1970, the village of Arpaçbahşiş officially became a town. Like most in the area, Arpaçbahşiş is an agricultural town specialized in citrus. But, lately the coastal development of Arpaçbahşiş turned it into a summer resort. It is populated by summer houses and these services for the summer houses constitute an ever increasing revenue for the town. To book a hotel you must book one in one of the surrounding areas close to Arpaçbahşiş like Mezetli or Mersin.