The City Ataturk Wants; Hatay
Hatay is at the southernmost point of Turkey, at the intersection of Mediterranean and Syrian borders. Hatay is the 13th most populous city in the country. The central district of Hatay Province is Antaky. The archaeological excavations in this area show that the region’s history dates back to the Chalcolithic Age. The region which was under the domination of Egyptian civilization until the lasts of 17th century, came under the dominance of Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Macedonian kingdoms after this date. Hatay which came under the domination of Ottoman Empire during the Egyptian campaign of Yavuz Sultan Selim, was managed as an “district center” for 4 centuries. Hatay, which had been in French occupation for a period after World War I, joined the Turkey on 7 July 1939.
Where is Hatay?
Located in the Mediterranean Region, Hatay is a neighbor to Syria, Adana, Osmaniye and Gaziantep. Antakya, which is the port city of Iskenderun and the city center, is the most important settlement of the city.
When to go to Hatay?
In Antakya and its surroundings, the Mediterranean climate type is found. In the city, summers are hot and dry, while winters are warm and rainy. The city is suitable for visiting for all seasons. However, the ideal timing will be summer and spring months. During these periods, you can swim in Hatay beaches.
How to get to Hatay?
It is possible to reach Hatay by plane flights from Istanbul and Ankara and by train from Mersin. However, bus companies from every region of Turkey also organize directly bus services to the city.
Where to stay in Hatay?
There are mid-budget and luxury hotels in Hatay. The best accommodation in the city is available in the towns of Antakya and Iskenderun. In Iskenderun you can experience a very comfortable holiday in five star hotels.
Hatay offers many hotel alternatives. You can find the hotel that best suits via Booking.com. Moreover, many hotels have free cancellation options.
Within the Turkish cuisine, Hatay cuisine has an important place with its very rich table. It reflects the beauties, colors and tastes of the region in its cuisine. The main ingredients of Hatay cuisine include bulgur, meat, spices, pomegranate syrup, pickle, tomato, pepper paste and salted yogurt. Generally tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, etc. vegetables are dried in summers; bulgur, dry cottage cheese, cheese varieties, salted yogurt are prepared and stored for winter. Also, künefe cheese is a special cheese used in the making of the künefe that is pertain to Hatay cuisine.