At the time of Cilician Armenia, Ayas was considered a major trading center (11-14 centuries). The city was surrounded by fortresses both on the land side and on the sea side. There was a time when the Armenian mint was located here. The city is surrounded by lemon and orange orchards, there are forests nearby. Participated in transit trade from the East to Europe. The Italians named the city Layas. There was a powerful citadel, of which only ruins have now been preserved.