Black Sea Turkey

Provinces of Turkish Black Sea coast
Turkish Black Sea coast

Black Sea Turkey (Turkish: Karadeniz Bölgesi) in northern Turkey, is a humid and verdant region renowned for its natural beauty thanks to the high precipitation levels distributed evenly throughout the year. The region is very mountainous and is heavily forested, while the highest parts of the mountains are covered with alpine meadows, glacier lakes, and glaciers.

It occupies much of the country's northern (Black Sea) coast, while the rest of it is part of Marmara Region.

Regions

Cities

Other destinations

Altındere Valley, which houses Sümela Monastery (which can be seen in the centre of the photo, click to enlarge)

Get around

Sunset over the Bay of Gideros, purportedly the only fjord in Turkey

The 350 km road from Amasra to Sinop is beautiful and breathtaking as it winds it's way along the rugged coast. If you are depending on public transport, however, it is likely to take two days. Expect to spend a night in one of the small towns along the coast, such as Inebolu, as bus service is town-to-town, and you are likely to arrive at some town after the last dolmus has left. While the towns along the way are unspoilt and unpretentious, they are a bit run down. If you have your own car or motorcycle, you can do the journey in one day (start early).

Go next

As the Black Sea Region spreads over most of northern Turkey elongatedly, getting out of region involves heading for destinations hugely different in character:

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