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.
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.
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.
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.