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Turkey’s dramatic Black Sea coast

The Black Sea's dramatic beauty: History, culture, and adventure await

The Black Sea coast of Turkey offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and breathtaking natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for your next adventure. Here’s a glimpse into what awaits you:

  • Amasra: Explore this charming coastal town built on the ancient port of Sesamus. Discover Roman bridges,Byzantine city walls, and 14th-century Genoese forts alongside historic mosques. A side trip to Bafra unveils impressive excavations dating back to the Iron Age Hittite civilization.

  • Samsun: Step back in time at Samsun, the birthplace of modern Turkey. Visit the Gazi Museum, housed in the hotel where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the nation’s founder, stayed. Explore Atatürk’s preserved villa on the outskirts of Trabzon, boasting vibrant gardens with exotic flora.

  • Safranbolu: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Safranbolu stuns with its architectural marvels. Admire Ottoman konaks (mansions) crafted from timber and stone. The region boasts two soon-to-be World Heritage additions: the Sumela Monastery and the Genoese Trade Routes’ Trading Posts and Fortifications.

  • Sinop: As the only naturally sheltered harbor on the Black Sea, Sinop boasts a rich maritime history. Explore the imposing Sinop Castle, built in the 7th century BC with formidable walls. Explore the town named after the Amazon queen Sinop, and feel its enduring warrior spirit.

  • Sumela Monastery: Perched a staggering 4,000 feet on the cliffs of Mount Mela, the Sumela Monastery is a marvel of engineering and faith. This 4th-century Byzantine monastery, completed in the 14th century, is a must-see for archaeology enthusiasts.

  • Artvin: Venture to Artvin, the easternmost Black Sea town. Immerse yourself in vibrant cultural festivals showcasing regional music, food, costumes, and dances, especially during the spring, summer, and early autumn.Witness the famed bull wrestling competition, a unique spectacle not found in many places. Explore the captivating Karagöl-Sahara National Park, boasting lush forests and pristine lakes.

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