1 Driving from Sinop to Amasra
Cruise the little-used coast road from Sinop to Amasra, where sharp switchbacks lead to peaceful bays and long beaches.
Enjoy the smalltown charm and historical pedigree of Amasra, with its old cobbled streets, Byzantine gateways and Genoese castle walls.
3 Aya Sofya
Thirteenth-century frescoes in this Byzantine monastery at the edge of Trabzon are among the most vivid sacred art in Anatolia.
Cliff-clinging thirteenth-century monastery in a superb forested setting.
Large natural lake in the foothills of the Pontic range, the focus of a popular resort.
6 Hemşin valleys
This lushly forested district is home to a colourful, outgoing people with their own tenaciously preserved culture.
Learn the skills of making the nation’s favourite drink and watch the leaves being picked from the hillsides surrounding Rize.