Hatay Province delights sunseekers with sparkling Mediterranean beaches and sumptuous seafood. It's anchored by Antakya, a cosmopolitan city known for its world-class archaeology museum. You can also discover Heritage-listed landmarks, including an ancient rock-carved church and a 2nd-century Roman tunnel.
Things to do in Hatay Province
Set on the banks of the Orontes River, Antakya is Hatay's on-trend capital. Don't miss the Hatay Archaeology Museum, which is filled with an impressive collection of Byzantine and Roman mosaics in addition to Paleolithic artefacts. In the labyrinthine backstreets you'll find bazaars, spice stalls and tea houses.
Antakya's Church of St. Peter is carved into the face of Mount Starius and considered one of Christianity’s oldest churches. Don’t miss seeing the Vespasianus Titus Tunnel in Cevlik, which was built by the Romans to divert flood waters from the village.
Rest and relax in Arsuz, a sun-drenched town on the Mediterranean Sea. You can unwind on the golden beach, swim in the crystalline water and devour fresh seafood. Snag a table at Arsuz Otel, which serves delicious grilled bream.
Iskenderun is a lively port city known for its fresh seafood and rich maritime legacy. Explore the Iskenderun Museum of the Sea, which is housed in a beautifully restored colonial mansion and filled with seafaring artefacts, including pieces dating back to the reign of Alexander the Great.
Getting around Hatay Province
Hatay Province is connected by a network of local buses and “dolmus” minibuses. Antakya is easy to get around on foot, especially within the lively riverfront district. Domestic flights arrive at Hatay Airport, 30 minutes from Antakya and one hour from Iskenderun. Adana Sakirpasa is the closest international airport.