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Karataş Karataş
Karataş is a small town in the district with the same name in Adana Province, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is situated 47 kilometers from the city of Adana between the Seyhan River and the Ceyhan River. These days Karataş is known for its fishing industry and as a place where the people from Adana can easily access sun and relaxation on the beach. The city of Karataş had a population of 8,483 in 2010 and the area has been inhabited since the Hittite occupation of the city and more than likely even earlier, and later part of the Assyrian province of Quwê (Que). The Greeks knew the city as Megarsos and there was a port in the city at the mouth of the Pyramos River that supplied an important military and trading route into the plain of Cilicia. The port was later conquered by Arab armies during the expansion of Islam and also by the Ottomans in 1517. Karataş was occupied by French troops during World War I. The city contains ruins of churches, a caravanserai and an amphitheatre, but these ancient monuments remain in lack of proper research or preservation. The inlet of Akyatan is a breeding ground for many birds as well as the sea turtle species of Chelonia mydas and Caretta caretta. Karataş is particularly important for the Caretta Caretta as it is an endangered species that lays eggs primarily in Akyatan, another beach in the neighboring Yumurtalık district and at İztuzu Beach in Dalyan in southwestern Turkey. Karataş also possesses fertile farmlands behind the coast where cotton, watermelons, melons and other crops are cultivated.

Flying into Karataş is not possible, but flights can be taken to the airport in Adana which is a little over 47 kilometers away, or through the airport at Hatay about 84 kilometers to the east. In the vicinity of Karataş and Adana they are numerous ancient sites to visit and explore. Magarsus is a port city of antiquity and its ancient ruins are to be found right near Karataş. Visitors can see the remains of the bathhouse, the temple and the theater, but the famous bronze statue of Magarsus is now at the museum in Adana. To drive to Karataş from Adana head south on the D518 towards Karataş, and when you get to the seaside, take a left and head for the jetty. You can park right at the jetty or near the beach. There's a small market right by the beach with inexpensive foods and drinks.

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