Mavikent is on a peninsula, hidden from the world behind a hilly ridge. It is 8 kilometres from the main D 400 Highway running between Mersin and Antalya.
This part of the coast is covered in pine woods, very fragrant in summer. There are about three hundred days of sunshine in the year. It is a really unspoilt area with the Taurus mountains in the background and varied farming on the coastal plain. From Tasucu port [about twenty km away] you can take a trip to Girne [Kyrenia] in North Cyprus.
The region is incredibly rich in ancient sites – the Alahan monastery, Kizkalesi [Maiden’s Castle], the caves of Heaven and Hell, Uzuncaburc and the Grotto of the Three Graces at Atakent / Narlikuyu, to name just a few. Kizkalesi is a vibrant holiday resort with a flat, sandy beach, pedalos, etc. Also plenty of other beaches and restaurants along the coast to the east.
A minibus service runs twice weekly from Mavikent to Silifke, the nearest large town, with pleasant modern avenues and a huge park with an open air cafe on the banks of the river. There are many cafes and restaurants in the town. Don't miss Tekin Ali Usta's Kebab House, round the corner from Migros Supermarket on Ataturk Boulevard. Here you can sit under the awning and enjoy sizzling hot Iskender kebab, Lahmacun [a sort of thin pizza] or a chicken dish and a huge range of salads. At Tekin usta's, the meal always finishes with a glass of tea -on the house.
In the large park by the River Goksu, you can relax after shopping or visiting a museum. In early summer, the trees are full of bright coloured blossom.
Silifke is famous for its strawberry production. The fruit is available in the market or at roadside stalls.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and teashops all over the town. The old quarter is full of little shops and bazaars to explore for jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, embroidery, etc. The Friday market is enormous. The Otogar has frequent coach and minibus services to the rest of Turkey.
The lively open air market in Tasucu is excellent for stocking up on every kind of food, - cheese, honey, bread, cakes, fresh fruit and vegetables and spices, as well as a few extra t-shirts or sandals, etc.
You can follow the ancient pilgrim route from Kizkalesi for 40 km up to Uzuncaburc, where there are the remains of a massive Greco-Roman city set in very picturesque countryside. At Narlikuyu, close to Kizkalesi, you can visit the Caves of Heaven and Hell, with the underground river that appears just after the grotto of the Three Graces. There are lots of cafes and restaurants all along this tourist trail. And the coast road has many beaches.