Samandağ, is a town and district in Hatay Province of southern Turkey, at the mouth of the Orontes River on the Mediterranean coast, near Turkey’s border with Syria, 25 km (16 mi) from the city of Antakya.
Samandağ itself is a small town, close to the city of Antakya. The local economy depends on fishing and agriculture, especially citrus fruits, and Samandağ has the air of a country market town. Around the village of Çevlik (derived from Seleucia) there is a long sandy coastline popular with daytrippers from Antakya, although the sea can be stormy. This is an important nesting area of the endangered sea turtles Caretta caretta.
Endangered marine species loggerhead turtles, also known as Caretta Carettas and green sea turtles, have been coming ashore at Hatay coasts to lay eggs for the past two days, and volunteers have been flocking to the beaches to make sure that the maximum possible number of hatchlings make it back to sea. The sea turtles are arriving at the shores of Samandağ, a district of Hatay, which has a 14 km-long coast. The turtles dig nests and lay eggs at night and volunteer students from several universities have been in Samandağ to observe the turtles for the past few days.
Samandağ lies near the site of the ancient Seleucia Pieria, founded in 300 BC by Seleucus Nicator a general of Alexander the Great, in the Seleucid era that followed Alexander’s demise. Seleucia Pieria quickly became a major Mediterranean port of the Hellenistic and Roman eras, the port of Antioch. But it was subject to silting and an earthquake in 526 finally completed its demise as a port. Samandağ, then called St Symeon, became the port of Antioch, and played an important role in the capture of the city by the Crusaders in 1098.
Capacity : 300 boats
Main Breakwater : 730 m
İnner Breakwater : 180 m
Net Repairing Area
Administration : Çevlik Fishery Products Cooperative
CITY & VILLAGE FACILITIES
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Health : Hospitals, Health Centers, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Ambulances
Beach : Samandağ, Kapısuyu, Çevlik
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Special Shopping : Oranges, Mandarins
Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
The local economy depends on fishing and agriculture, especially citrus fruits, and Samandağ has the air of a country market town, with young men buzzing through the streets on mopeds.
The tunnel of Vespasian, in the village of Kapısuyu, built as a water channel in the 2nd century.
Beşikli Mağara (Cave with Cradle) is located in Çevlik village of Samandağ where the ruins of ancient city Seleukeia Pierria is also located.
Built in the 6th century A.C., St. Simeon Monastery is located in the district of Aknehir.
Hızır Tomb and Musa Tree are holy places and interesting to visit.
Visit the village of Mağaracık to see Antakya’s Tyche which is a bronze sculpture of 8 cm height. Belonging to Roman period, it was made by Hellenistic age sculptor Eutychides.
Discover the natural beauties of the village Batıayaz, located on the highway of Antakya-Samandağ where history and nature together offering a beautiful place to enjoy.
SEA TURTLE NESTING AREA
Around the village of Çevlik (derived from Seleucia) there is a long sandy coastline popular with day trippers from Antakya, although the sea can be stormy. This is an important nesting area of the endangered sea turtles Caretta caretta.
Minibus : Çevlik – Samandağ, Antakya
Bus : Çevlik – Samandağ, İskenderun, Dörtyol, Antakya
Airport : Antakya International Airport, Adana Şakirpaşa International Airport, Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport