Adana is a very old city, founded way back in 6000 B.C. During the time it was part of a region called Cilicia and was, by turn, homeland to the Pheonicians, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Hittites, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Abbasies, Seljuks, and finally the ottomans.

Now in the centre of huge Cilician Plains and on the banks of Seyhan River, Adana is the fifth largest city in Turkey with a population of over 1.3 million. It's not much known as a tourism destination, though, especially when compared with its southern and western neighbours. However, that being said there are a number of sites of interest in the surrounding countryside.

Modern Adana consists of two quite separate sections: cramped old city centre and newer, mostly high-rise suburbs overlooking the Seyhan dam to north of the old centre, usually called Kuzey Adana or Yeni Adana (i.e. "North Adana" or "New Adana", respectively).