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Turkey's Black Sea region has lush lowlands, a moist climate and moderate temperatures. Green coniferous forests provide a cool and soothing respite from the scorching south-coast summer. The alpine peaks of the Kackar Mountains rise to form a dramatic backdrop in this nature-lover's paradise with snow-topped summits, hidden valleys and wild mountain streams. The region grows most of the world's hazelnuts and cultivates tea in Rize. Whitewater rafting, hiking and climbing are popular and well-developed activities here. On a cultural note, visitors can explore Georgian and Armenian churches, although most are adventurously remote. The ...

Turkey's Black Sea region has lush lowlands, a moist climate and moderate temperatures. Green coniferous forests provide a cool and soothing respite from the scorching south-coast summer. The alpine peaks of the Kackar Mountains rise to form a dramatic backdrop in this nature-lover's paradise with snow-topped summits, hidden valleys and wild mountain streams. The region grows most of the world's hazelnuts and cultivates tea in Rize. Whitewater rafting, hiking and climbing are popular and well-developed activities here. On a cultural note, visitors can explore Georgian and Armenian churches, although most are adventurously remote. The town of Amasya has royal tombs dating from 330 BC, and Safranbolu is the site of an impeccably preserved late Ottoman city. Near Trabzon, the Sumela Monastery clings precariously to a cliffside.

Many coastal fortresses were Genoese and protected strategic trading routes on the northern Silk Road. The region puts on charming seasonal migration celebrations and, in Artvin, a harmless and amusing bull-butting spectacle. Local people are sincere and hard working and their cuisine hearty and somewhat heavy, but the delicious staple fare is a local anchovy known as hamsi.

Suzanne Swan
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Suzanne Swan is the main author of DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey. She updated and wrote original material for DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide Istanbul.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in northern of Turkey. The Black Sea is bordered by Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.
  • Language: Turkish, English
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Research: Wikitravel | Black Sea Region
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    May-September or October