A scenic drive to the top of Sertavul Pass

Sertavul Geçidi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.664m (5,459ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Mersin Province (Mediterranean region) and Karaman Province (West Anatolia region), in Turkey.

Sertavul Geçidi

Set high on the central Taurus Mountains range, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called D715. The pass connects the Mediterranean Region to the Central Anatolia Region. It was the location that Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa crossed the Taurus Mountains in 1190.

The pass is 70.5 km (43.8 miles) long, running north-south from Karaman to Mut. Access to the pass is typically open all year round, with the occasional closure in winters due to heavy snowfall, blizzard and fog.