Why you should visit The Black Sea Coast
- Sample fresh sardines, a local delicacy
- Marvel at the Byzantine frescoes in the cliffside monastery of Sumela
- Do some trekking amidst the lakes and valleys of the Kaçkar Mountains
- Self-drive the winding, scenic coastal route between Amasra and Sinop with stunning views at every turn
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This region of Turkey is never crowded, partly due to the fact that cloud is more common than sun but the lush green landscape coupled with the craggy and spectacular coastline make this a bit of a hidden gem.
A little bit more about The 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 mountaintops 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.
Just south of the cosmopolitan city of Trazbon is one of the region’s most spectacular sites, 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 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.
When to go
The Black Sea coast gets two to three times the national average rainfall, along with more pleasant and moderate temperatures. Overall the best time to visit this region is between April and September when there will still be rain but not so much of it.