1 Palandöken

Just south of the gritty city of Erzurum, Palandöken is Turkey’s best ski resort by far, and also a great place for coffee in summer.

2 İşhan

The most magnificent of the area’s many ancient Georgian churches, and the most exciting to get to – it’s a steep ride along a hair-raising mountain road, with spectacular views at every turn.

3 Yusufeli

With its dramatic setting above a churning river and beneath craggy mountain tops, the village of Yusufeli makes an appealing base for hikers.

4 Kaçkar Dağları

The glacially sculpted, wildflower-carpeted Kaçkar mountains rank as the most versatile and popular alpine trekking area of Turkey.

5 Kafkasör festival

One of the most authentic folkloric expressions in the country, this picturesque event is celebrated outside Artvin in early summer.

6 Ani

An absolute must for anyone visiting eastern Turkey, this ruined medieval capital boasts the region’s densest concentration of Armenian ruins, plus a jaw-dropping location.

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