Tarsus is an ancient Turkish city with more than 9000 years of history. It has always been a strategic junction for land and sea routes, connecting trade from three key areas: The fertile Çukurova Plain, Central Anatolia, and the Mediterranean.
Even today agriculture is an important source of income in this area: half of the area of the district, in fact, is made up of agricultural land and most of the remaining territory is made up of woods and orchards.
Tarsus is also home to the newest Earth Market in the growing Slow Food family of good, clean and fair markets now present in 27 countries around the world. The market is located in the evocative setting of the sixteenth-century Kubat Pasha Madrasa, in the heart of the city center.