Kızkalesi, which pushes right up against the main D400 highway, is the sort of place that seems garish and crude upon arrival. But stick around for a while, and this small village, which today is part open-air museum of antiquated ruins and part tacky tourism epicentre, will almost certainly grow on you.
It’s no secret how this very small town, 26km east of Silifke, became so popular. The impressively long beach here is one of the loveliest in this region, and that’s to say nothing of the fact that a medieval fortress – the eponymous Kızkalesi – sits 200m out in the sea.
It is in Kızkalesi town connected to Erdemli district of Mersin, and 25 km east of Silifke. Town which also has a beautiful beach, gets its name from offshore the magnificent castle. Ancient city of Corycus reigned in this land, accepted the sovereignty of Rome in 72 B.C. It was a major port city in the Roman and Byzantine periods. Maiden’s Towers located on an island 200 meters from the shore was built in the 12th century to protect the city. The other castle in the shore is Corycus Castle, built in the same period as Maiden’s Castle.