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Highland of Belen (Sogukoluk)

Transportation: You climb a curvy  paved road of 8 km surrounded with the greenery and forests on both sides after diverting from Belen District – Sarımazı neighborhood turnout.

There are public transport minibuses available in Belen and Iskenderun that you may choose for accessing to the highlands.

Characteristics: Highland tradition continues for centuries in Guzelyayla. Infrastructure problems are partially solved, and the proximity of the highland to the sea increases the interest of the people.

Serving as viewing terrace of Iskenderun Bay, the highland is habitable location with the ballads and poems written on its name together with its old and new types of houses constructed among the pine trees and wild flowers.

Camping, picnicking and short trips in the forest are the primary activities for the people visiting the highland.

Accommodation- Dining: There are pensions and restaurants available in the highland for accommodation and dining purposes.

 

İskenderun – Nergizlik Highland

Transportation: The highland is accessed with 14 km long paved road from Iskenderun. It is located 4km distance from Guzelyayla.

Characteristics: It is a highland village where the infrastructure problem is partially solved. all kinds of vegetables and fruits are grown on the highland where simple traditional village houses are blended with specialized highland houses constructed as the second house of the families.

Accommodation- Dining: Highland houses may be rented through booking beforehand.

 

Samandağ – Teknepınarı (Batıayaz) Highland

Transportation: The highland is accessed with 20 km paved road from Antakya or 17 km stabilized road from Samandag district.

Characteristics: It is a highland village blended with history and nature. The highland is in the focus of domestic visitors and international visitors from Middle East countries with its ice-cold crystal waters in camping and picnic areas, all kinds of vegetables and fruits of the Mediterranean region, its proximity to the Middle East.

Accommodation- Dining: There are dining facilities and camping sites in the highland.

 

Erzin – Kocadüz – Üçkoz – Bağrıaçık – Karıncalı Highlands

Transportation: Erzin Highland can be accessed via 11 km of paved road and 8 km of stabilized road. In months of summer, it is possible to reach the highland from Erzin district via the minibuses that departs in every hour of the day.

Characteristics: It is a group of highlands mostly preferred by people of Erzin and Osmaniye districts in summer months where simple highland houses blended with natural texture among the pine trees and fir trees. Highlands located close to each other are suitable for trekking. The highlands are entirely covered with pine trees, juniper, fir, thyme, chamomile and other wildflowers.

Accommodation- Dining: The highland houses are properties of the local people. The people wishing to camp in the highland should bring their tents and basic materials together with them.

 

Dörtyol Topraktaş Highland

Transportation: The highland is accessed via 18 km of stabilized road from Hatay.

Characteristics: Completely intertwined with the forest, Topaktas highland is completely covered with pine, juniper and scrubs.

People of Dörtyol accommodates in the summer months in the highland having wooden houses and concrete houses together.

Accommodation- Dining: The highland houses are properties of the local people. The people wishing to camp in the highland should bring their tents and basic materials together with them.

 

Dörtyol – Çökek Highland

Transportation: The highland is accessed via 8 km of stabilized road from Dortyol district.

Characteristics: established among the pine and fruit trees, the highland is an ideal for camping, picnicking, and short trips in the forest with its clean air and plenty of water.

Accommodation- Dining: There is not construction in the highland. The campers should bring  their tents and basic supplies with them if they wish to camp in this beautiful highland.

 

Kırıkhan Delibekirli Köyü and Çataloluk Highland

Transportation: You should first reach to Delibekirli Village using 3 km paved road followed by another 3 km of stabilized road. Çataloluk highland is located at 7 km distance to the Village.

Characteristics: Delibekirli Village is a charming highland village set among gardens and vineyards where all kinds of fruits and vegetables of the Mediterranean region grow. Çataloluk Highland, reached via 7 km stabilized road from Delibekirli Village is completely untouched.

The highland surrounded with monumental plane trees also supplies drinking water of Kirikhan district (from Unguzlu region). The highland is worth of visiting and seeing.

Accommodation- Dining: There are daily dining facilities, restaurants and coffee houses in Delibekirli village.

 

Kırıkhan – Alan Highland

Transportation: Asagi Esmisek Koyu is reached when you drive to the west (to the left) from 6th km of Hatay – Kırıkhan – Gazi Antep road, followed by 2 km of paved road and 2 km of stabilized road.
After the village, 8 km of curvy stabilized road surrounded with scrubs leads you to Alan Highland. At the same time, it is connected to Iskenderun by a stabilization route of 40 km.

Characteristics: The surrounding area is covered with pine forests and spread over a very wide area, covered with flowers in summer. The highland, which is completely untouched except for a few highland houses, is considered as an agricultural area by the surrounding villagers.

The highlands of Haymapınar, Değirmendere, Paşaoluk, Akarca and Çamlıbel on Iskenderun road are used by the people of Iskenderun and surrounding villages.

Accommodation- Dining: The highland houses are properties of the local people. The people wishing to camp in the highland should bring their tents and basic materials together with them.

 

Belen İlçesi ve Atık Highland

Transportation:
The road to the village is diverted from the 27th kilometer of Antakya – Iskenderun road.

Characteristics: Belen highland that is a district today has been used as a highland for centuries.

Atık highland that is starting point of Atık spring famous for people of Iskenderun and Kırıkhan is a neighborhood of Belen district.

There are groceries and coffee houses in the highland that is located among the pine, plane trees and fruit gardens. The highland attracts the people due to its greenery area and proximity to the coasts of the sea.

Accommodation- Dining: There are accommodation facilities, restaurants and dining facilities in the highland.