Hatay Province is Turkey’s southernmost province. Almost all of it is located outside Anatolia, on the eastern coast of the Levantine Sea. The administrative capital is Antakya (Antioch), and the port city is İskenderun (Alexandretta).
It is bordered by Syria to the south and east and the Turkish provinces of Adana and Osmaniye to the north. The province is part of Çukurova (Cilicia), a geographical, economical and cultural region that covers the provinces of Mersin, Adana, Osmaniye, and Hatay.
The Hatay region was originally a part of Syria, but Turkey annexed the region in 1939.
The city of Iskenderun is located on the eastern Mediterranean coast on the Gulf of İskenderun, at the foot of the Nur Mountains (Amanos Mountains-Ancient Greek name).
Its original name was Alexandretta, named after the Alexander the Great.
It is one of the largest cities in Hatay Province and one of the largest ports on Mediterranean coast. Also it is an important industrial centre, famous mostly for the Isdemir steelwork.
The city itself is very charming, sourounded with mountaints covered in snow on one side, and blue sea on the other side. In the summer, city is a popular touristic destination for domestic tourists. There is a large promenade next to the sea with an alley of palm trees and a lot of beaches outside of the city centre.
The most popular food originated from this part of the country is kunefe, a chesse based hot dessert; oruk (baked version of icli kofte ), it is consisted of fine bulgur mixed with ground meat; biberli ekmek (Flat bread with red pepper paste); Şişperek soup, made with yogurt, rice, onion, minced meat and thin pieces of dough; Fellah köftesi (Fellah meatball) , meatballs prepared without meat and with plenty of parsley. And many other like paper kebap, Zahter salad…
It is a region worth visiting, especially during the summer time.