Hatay (Antakya) is situated at the eastern end of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. It has its own airport and you can get there by plane from Istanbul.
It is famous for its beautiful mosaics and for its regional cuisine. If you go by there, don’t miss a sweet called Kunefe, I can tell you it’s the best in the country. Also you can find the best kebab in Turkey.
If you have the opportunity, spend a day in Iskenderun.,the landscape is amazing and inspiring. Also the people are friendly. I took a ride by boat, it is not expensive and it takes almost half of hour,from the water you can admire the cliffs and mountains and the Turkish music will delight your ears. If you are an adventurous person, it’s a great chance to arrange a paragliding flight,you won’t regret it.
Another beautiful city that couldn’t be missed is Harbiye. I had such a relaxing time here, in nature, drinking Turkish tea and smoking hookah. It was incredible, almost I forgot hunting, haha.