Maiden castle (Kızkalesi) or as it used to be called Korikos, is a
small town situated 60 km west of Mersin. The town attracts visitors
attention with its climate, beautiful sight, wide beaches and clean
sea. Today this coastal town can be regarded as one of the hidden
treasures of the Mediterranean with its nature and historical value.
It is known less than the Blue Lagoon and its surrounding which is
accepted as the most beautiful place of Turkey. Compared with the
regions that tourist attraction is dense, everything here is more
peaceful and calm. It is very much suitable for families with its
wide beaches. Around the town there are many archeological sites to
visit. You can also attend tours from Maiden castle to Cappadoccia
and legendary Nemrut Mountain. Also Petrus Church in Antakya (The
second biggest mosaic museum in the world), Saint Paul well in
Anamur is close by.
Maiden castle (Kızkalesi) had its name 85 years before. The legend
that has been told by the local residents caused this name to be
According to Herrodotus this city was founded by the prince of
Cyprus, Korikos. When Syrian King Antonious the second, in 197 BC
counquered Eygpts coasts again, for the first time this citys name
is mentioned. Roman authors Livius, Pilinius, Cicero and the
governer of Tarsus of those times mentioned Korikos in their works.
In Byzantium time, in other words in 5. and 6. century the city had
its glorious times. In 1361 it was counquered by Lusignen from
Cyprus and later in 1448 was conquered by the sultan of Karaman
İbrahim. After this, the city was embodied to Ottoman empire in
There are two medieval castles in the city, Korikos castle and
Maiden castle. Korikos castle is on the tip of a peninsula. It
consists of two forts. In the internal courtyard you can see the
small churches and long aisle. The construction of the castle was
started by Romans and after five phases it was completed by Cypriots.
Maidencastle was built on a small island 200 mt far away from the
seashore. You can see under the sea the remnants of the connection
bridge from the seashore to Korikos.
Shortly with the holiday you will make in Maidencastle via daily
tours you will have the chance to visit: Kanlıdivane, Paradise and
Hell caves, Narlı Well (It is famous for its cold clean sea and
delicious fish restaurants on the bay), in Silifke; Silifke Castle,
Uzuncaburç, Silifke Museum, Ayatekla Church, and the historical
sites nearby. If you like from Silifke, Taşucu you can go to Cyprus
and add different colors to your holiday. Also among the places you
can visit daily we can add Aydıncık, Ovacık and Anamur, Anamuryum
and Anamur Castle that have clean and virgin bays.
The story of Maidencastle
Once upon a time there was a king living in this region who loved
his daughter very much. According to the myth, one fortune teller
had said to the king that his daughter would be killed by a
Upon this, in order to protect his daughter the king built a castle
within the sea. Time passed by and the girl grew up in the castle.
But inevitably, from a fruit basket which was taken brought to the
princess, the snake came out and killed her by its bite.
What was left behind was the lonely king. These events lead the
castle in the sea to be called as maidencastle.