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Black Sea Coast, Turkey

Black Sea Coast

Often overlooked by travellers, this craggy and spectacular coastline comes as a surprise with its wealth of history and dramatic scenery.

Dense alpine forests cover the mountainside, while lush vegetation and bountiful crops, including tea, tobacco, corn and hazelnuts, grow in the lower elevations and valleys.

In the springtime, delicate wild-flower blossoms carpet the rolling meadows of the eastern hills. Legend has it that Jason led his Argonauts along this coast in quest of the Golden Fleece.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Coast Self-Drive Adventure

Self-drive the winding, scenic coastal route between Amasra and Sinop with stunning views at every turn.

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Local Seafood

Sample fresh sardines, a local delicacy.

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Sumela Monastery

Marvel at the Byzantine frescoes in the cliffside monastery of Sumela.

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Kaçkar Mountains

Do some trekking amidst the lakes and valleys of the Kaçkar Mountains.

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Sumela Monastery, Trabzon, Turkey
Trabzon, Turkey

Why we like the Black Sea Coast

Just south of the cosmopolitan city of Trabzon is one of the region’s most spectacular sites, the Sumela Monastery. Founded in Byzantine times and abandoned after the creation of the Turkish Republic, this incredible monastery clings to a sheer rock face 1,200 metres above alpine forests and mountain streams.

Discover Sinop

Sinop is one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the Black Sea coast and has been a trading port for over a thousand years. Mainly visited by local tourists, it is famous for its traditional nautical wood carvings, good crystal and the original cotton clothes of the city.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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