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İskenderun, also known as Alexandretta, is a city in Hatay, Mediterranean Turkey. It's located on the coast of Mediterranean Sea.


This is one of the few still-existing cities in the world which was founded by, and indeed gets its name from Alexander the Great (who is known as Büyük İskender in Turkish), with Alexandria in Egypt being the other notable example. İskenderun today has a population of about 300,000 people and is an industrialized city, surrounded by petrochemical plants and steelworks, although the city centre is still enjoyable with its lovely palm-lined promenade on the shore of the sea.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Nearest airport for international flights is located in Adana (ADA IATA) to the north. For domestic flights, Hatay Airport (HTY IATA) located in the outskirts of Antakya to the south (45 min driving) is another possibility alongside Adana Airport.

By train[edit]

The national operator TCDD runs regional trains from Mersin via Adana twice daily, one morning and one late afternoon departure.

  • 1 İskenderun railway station (İskenderun Garı) (East of the city centre, end of İstasyon road). İskenderun railway station (Q43398812) on Wikidata İskenderun railway station on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

The city is connected to the rest of Turkey by the motorway numbered O-53 (toll-road). The southward road towards Antakya and Syria is also well-paved but windy when crossing the mountain range in between.

Get around[edit]

There are no dolmuşes in Iskenderun, and though there may be city buses, they're not easy for one to figure out with no Turkish. The center of town is walkable, however to get from the town center to the bus station, you're best off taking a taxi, which should cost about 10-15 TL.


On the waterfront, there is a big globe surrounded by flags of Turkic countries, and a park with a number of interesting structures.

  • 1 Iskenderun Naval Museum (İskenderun Deniz Müzesi), Atatürk Blv. Contains artifacts from the Ottoman navy, and a room dedicated to the reincorporation of Hatay (for several decades ruled by France) into Turkey. Admission 8 TL, photography license 10 TL. İskenderun Naval Museum (Q28221546) on Wikidata İskenderun Naval Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Cathedral of the Annunciation (Iskenderun katolik kilisesi). Roman Catholic Church built in 1871. Cathedral of the Annunciation, İskenderun (Q5052424) on Wikidata Cathedral of the Annunciation, İskenderun on Wikipedia
  • 3 Surp Karasun Manuk Armenian Church (Surp Karasun Manuk Ermeni Kilisesi). Historic Armenian Apostolic Church. (Q13054890) on Wikidata
  • 4 Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai (In nearby town of Payas, just north of Iskenderun). A 16th century caravanserai, roadside resting place. Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai (Q54922796) on Wikidata Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai on Wikipedia


  • Take a walk in Iskenderun coast

Great nature of Iskenderun will bewitch your mind.

  • Soğukoluk Plateau

If you love forest and calmness. soğukoluk give you a magnificent opportunity. You can find hundreds of shades of green there (Müftüler, 31350 Belen/Hatay)

  • Iskenderun naval museum

There is small and cute museum in Iskenderun.

  • Park Forbes AVM

Shopping mall near the coast has great landscape.You can find stores, cafes and food chains inside of it.

  • Arsuz

The town center is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) South of İskenderun .Arsuz had many names throughout history, including: Rhosus, Rhossus, Rhopolis.This area is predominantly small rural farms (usually located inland towards the mountains) and small groups of summer homes (usually located near the coastline). Arsuz was declared the center of Arsuz ilçe (district) in 2012 by the Metropolitan Law in Turkey.

If you like sun, beaches and sea, you will find all those things here.

Iskenderun coast



  • Kunefe - One of the most famous dessert in this region. a desert with in cheese and eating hot. There is no doubt that is tasty.
  • Doner - type of kebab, made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Seasoned meat stacked in the shape of an inverted cone is turned slowly on the rotisserie, next to a vertical cooking element.slicing thin parts and wrapping special bread. Generally in Europe calls like after party food.




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