Harbiye, 7.5 km (4.7 miles) south
is perched on a steep forested hillside
looking toward the Mediterranean.
It has an eventful history.
In Roman times
it was called Daphne ("laurel").
Mythology says it was the place where
a horny Zeus, pursuing the nymph
Daphne, finally caught her and turned
her into a laurel tree.
built a temple to Daphne here, among
To the Romans, Daphne was a
place of resort for the rich and powerful
of Antioch-ad-Orontes (Antakya).
They built sumptuous villas here
with beautiful mosaics, some
of which have survived and are now
on display in the Hatay
(Antakya) Archeology Museum.
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Most of Harbiye/ Daphne is
modern cityscape, but your reason for
visiting is a steep forested valley
with deep shade, numerous waterfalls and
water courses, tea gardens and restaurants.
Tables and chairs are set by
the water, or even right in the water.
In the blazing heat of August in
this hot climate, the cool shade and
rushing waters of Daphne (defne in
a vision of heaven.
Not too far from the valley, perched
at the edge of a cliff, several elaborate restaurants with
fine views welcome diners for more
refined meals than the simple establishments
in the valley can provide.
—by Tom Brosnahan