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Cheap Flights to Hatay
The province of Hatay is located in the South of Turkey – nestled up against the North West border of Syria.
It’s a beautiful hidden corner of the country that’s home to picturesque coastline and white sandy beaches.
Although Hatay is a Turkish province, most of the region’s inhabitants speak Arabic fluently. This is because the majority of the 1.2million people living here are of Syrian origin.
Either way, whoever you meet and whatever part of the region you choose to explore – you’re sure to have an enjoyable stay here.
With us, you can purchase your air ticket in minutes. We have a range of different routes available to the region’s main city – Antakya.
This guide is the perfect place to start before booking your cheap flight with flynas today.
Attractions and Things to Do in Hatay
There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Hatay.
From museums and religious monuments to some of the most breath-taking scenery Turkey has to offer – you certainly won’t be disappointed when you arrive.
Here we’ve listed some of the most notable attractions to visit during your stay.
Hatay Archaeological Museum
The Hatay Archaeological Museum, located in Antakya, is known for housing a wide range of Roman mosaics of the Byzantine era. In fact, this is the second largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
There is also a rich collection of other fascinating artefacts dating back to the Hellenistic period. This includes a number of historic coins that were essential for trade during these ancient times.
Vespasianus Titus Tunnel
The Titus Tunnel, situated around 35km from the city of Antakya, is a Roman architectural masterpiece. In fact, it was built to protect the city from flooding in 300BC.
Within the tunnel itself, you’ll find ancient caves and even tombs of that have been dug into the mountain wall.
If you want to explore the tunnel – it’s advised to bring a torch with you, as it can often get very dark.
The Ammanus, or the Nur Mountains as they are more commonly known – is a vast mountain range stretching across the Hatay region.
Standing as high as 2240 metres, you can capture some of the most spectacular views of Hatay – across miles and miles of beautiful scenery.
Beneath the tall peaks, are richly dense forests where people travel from all around the world to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this wondrous and refreshingly natural environment.
If you’re a landscape lover, then the Harbiye Waterfall is a must-see.
A short journey from Antakya, Harbiye is a great place to escape the city.
Amidst all of this natural beauty, you’ll find a range of excellent restaurants and cafes catering for all the needs of tourists spending a full day in the area.
Eating out in Hatay
Hatay, and Turkey in general, is home to some of the world’s best loved food.
The restaurants are operated by local gourmet chefs who take pride in serving a truly authentic flavor of Hatay with every single dish.
You’ll find Turkish favorites – including every type of meat kebab you could possibly think of. You’ll also find that there is plenty of Shanklish cheese on offer, too – which is famous for its unique preservation qualities.
Either way, whether you want international food, or just want to dig into something local – you’re sure to find something you’ll like in Hatay.
Take a look at some of our favorite restaurants.
Name: Konak Restaurant
Konak restaurant is a superb local eatery with an outdoor feel. Here you get the opportunity to see how they prepare the food directly – which makes it a truly original dining experience. You can see the local chefs work their magic on all your favorite dishes before they leave the kitchen and arrive at the table in front of you.
Name: Ala Restoran
This restaurant can be found within a welcoming old house in the heart of Antakya. The house has been restored over the years to preserve its stone and wooden architecture, and the unique atmosphere and authentic décor make it an unrivalled place to eat – especially within the city itself. The food not only tastes great – but it’s also presented in a distinctive way.
Name: Hatay Sverji Restaurant
This is one of the more popular places tourists choose in the area. The restaurant is conveniently located next to one of the busiest markets in Antakya, and is also in close proximity to the old part of the town which has many exciting places to visit and discover. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before you start exploring.
Hotels in Hatay
There are many different hotels in Hatay that all have something different to offer – whether that’s luxury or value for money.
Below is a list of the best places to stay in the region – each perfect for both holiday makers and business travelers.
Gungor Ottoman Palace (5 Star)
Price: 261 SAR – 353 SAR ($69-$94, £54-£73)
Gungor Ottoman Palace easily offers one of the best and most accommodating hotel experiences in the Hatay region. Situated close to the heart of Antakya, the main attractions are all a stone’s throw from the hotel’s front door. The rooms are spacious and furnished in a classic and elegant manner, and there is also an outdoor pool with a luxurious sun terrace and spa for all to enjoy.
Hattusa Vacation Club (4 Star)
Price: 212 SAR – 363 SAR ($56-$96, £44-£75)
If you love the beach – then this is the place for you to stay. In fact, the hotel has its own private beach where you can relax in a private and peaceful environment. There are 2 restaurants serving food all day every day and also children’s play area to keep the little ones occupied. You can even call upon the hotel’s babysitting service if you need it.
Anemon Iskenderun Hotel (5 Star)
Price: 150 SAR – 198 SAR ($40-$52, £31-£41)
Located in the town of Iskenderun, this hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms with both sea and mountain views, depending on which you prefer. It features an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness center and massage service if you want to enjoy the full 5-star experience. There are also 3 restaurants serving food around the clock, so you’ll never be hungry.
La Perla Boutique Hotel (4 Star)
Price: 135 SAR – 227 SAR ($36-$60, £28-£47)
La Perla Boutique is a beautifully decorated hotel set in a picturesque and historical part of the region. However, it’s still close to all the shops and restaurants you may need – and is also a 6-minute walk from Alexandretta Bay. Inside the hotel itself, you’ll find a Turkish grill serving all your favourite specialities.
Events in Hatay
There are many activities to enjoy when visiting Hatay.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to book your stay here – there is always something going on.
There are a number of events going on throughout the year. Here are some of our top picks…
Name: Hatay Festival of Confectionery
This annual festival is a celebration of the famous Kunefe sweets produced throughout Turkey. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re known for having a sweet tooth. Although the streets are lined with people – there’s still plenty to go around for everyone.
Name: Erzin Olive Festival
The city of Erzin celebrates the olive festival in October – and it’s a must-see if you end up staying in Hatay around this time of year. Here you’ll find a variety of folk dances and street concerts all to raise awareness for the production of olive oil in the region.
Name: Iskenderun Festival of Tourism and International Culture
This epic festival lasts only five days a year so you won’t want to miss it. Iskenderun (historically known as Alexandretta) is a beautiful city situated on Hatay’s Mediterranean coast, and its festival gives you a unique flavour of the region’s unique history dating back to the Ottoman Empire.
Weather in Hatay
Since the Hatay region enjoys a Mediterranean climate – it tends to enjoy beautiful weather throughout the Summer months.
During this part of the year, Turkey feels especially hot and dry – so you’ll need to bear this in mind if you don’t particularly enjoy humid weather.
During the Winter, on the other hand, Hatay is cool and often wet – with temperatures dropping about as low as 10°C.
Transport in Hatay
Hatay is a fairly large area, with plenty to be discovered. This is reflected in the variety of transport routes and options available for tourists.
There are many local train, bus and taxi routes to follow to all of the main cities and attractions. Tickets are reasonably priced so you don’t have to worry about spending all your money on simply getting around.
It’s also very simple to get to and from Hatay International Airport in Antakya via public bus or by hiring a private taxi or minibus if required.
The main currency in Hatay is the Turkish Lira. One Saudi Riyal is equivalent to 1.5 Turkish Lira.
It’s also recommended that you carry cash with you at all times if you can. Many places won’t accept credit cards.
Weekends in Turkey are Saturday and Sunday – so please bear in mind that many shops will be closed on Sundays.
Avoid drinking tap water, too – as it’s only used for cooking purposes in Turkey.
Anyway, we hope this guide was useful. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime – book your cheap flight to Hatay and discover everything this beautiful region has to offer.