While many visitors flock south to the Mediterranean or west to the Aegean, the Black Sea (Karadeniz) is equally deserving, particularly because it is so different from the other coasts. Turkey's Black Sea Coast is a world apart from the rest of the country, with the clusters of villages that speckle the narrow coastline hemmed in by the sea on one side and rolling mountains on the other. A winding road threads its way along the coast and is one of the most scenic in the country, making this region perfect road trip fodder.
After Amasra's seaside-holiday vibe and Trabzon's big-city buzz, you can relax in pint-size fishing villages or head inland and up to alpine yaylalar (mountain pastures). And the spectacular coastline makes for a scenic route across Turkey to other parts of Anatolia. Extending from just east of İstanbul to the frontier with Georgia, the Black Sea region is a real nature adventure, guaranteed to smash any stereotypes you may hold about Turkey.
This is an historic region, scattered with the legacies of civilizations and empires that have ebbed and flowed like Black Sea waves. Castles, churches, monasteries and architecturally important mosques recall the days of the kings of Pontus, the Genoese and the Ottomans.
We want to leave you alone with a marvelous scenic photo gallery from the coast and invite you to discover more!