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.


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Black Sea Coast Road, Turkey

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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Black Sea Coast, Turkey

Local Seafood

Sample fresh sardines, a local delicacy.

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Sumela Monastery, Trabzon, Turkey

Sumela Monastery

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

Kackar Mountains, Turkey

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.

Sinop Castle, Black Coast, Turkey

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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