Adana is a city in Turkey’s south-central region. It is located on the Seyhan River in Cilicia’s plain (the ancient Sarus River). Its history has been profoundly influenced by its location at the foot of the Taurus Mountain passes leading to the Syrian plains, and it is the country’s fourth largest city. It probably overlies a Hittite settlement that dates from around 1400 BCE, and its history has been profoundly influenced by its location at the foot of the Taurus Mountain passes leading to the Syrian plains.
‘Narcissus Island,’ located in the Akyatan Lagoon in Adana’s Karatas region, is a visual feast with millions of daffodils. The Akyatan Lagoon, which is located in the Karatas district and is home to thousands of birds representing dozens of species, is one of Turkey’s most important migratory bird resting and feeding areas.
Narcissus Island is only accessible by boat and is designated as a “sensitive place to be safeguarded for sure.” The enigmatic island, which is decorated with beautiful daffodil flowers that welcome the arrival of spring, is only 20 minutes away by boat.
According to Karatas Mayor Nacip Topuz:
“Narcissus Island, the heart of Akyatan Lagoon, is a very special place. This is a natural site. It’s a protected area. There’s a Daffodil Island just down the road, but it’s not possible to get there. In various periods, our citizens can come to these areas with our knowledge with special boats. This area, which we believe will contribute to tourism, is important for the promotion of both Adana and Karatas. We are working to announce this place to Turkey and the world. We ask that there be particular sensitivity to the protection of this place.”
Adana locals were cautioned not to fire barbecues on the island by Selim Aaçdal, who came to visit the island.
“I saw it on social media and came here. It’s a place where we stand and breathe with such intensity. It’s like heaven. You get dizzy when you smell it. Where we see some water and greenery, we light a barbecue, but this is not a place where barbecues can be lit. This island is a rare place that’s completely natural. Therefore, I ask the citizens not to light barbecues here and leave their garbage here.”