With scenery so amazing it looks like it belongs on a postcard, alpine lakes, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, charming fishing villages and friendly, welcoming locals, the Black Sea region is one of Turkey’s best kept secrets, yet it is fast becoming a destination of choice for repeat visitors to Turkey and those who want a holiday with a difference, and to get off the beaten track.  Here’s 5 things the Black Sea has to offer you:

1.  A chance to escape the crowds and the heat – it’s a popular destination with Turkish tour groups on a weekend, but apart from this, crowds of international tourists are very rare in this part of the world. This makes for a more relaxing trip, and with more moderate temperatures than those on the Aegean or Mediterranean coasts, the Black Sea region is a perfect place to get away from the scorching summer heat.

2.  A more traditional experience – the Black Sea region is relatively untouched and so you have a chance to see daily Turkish life in a regional area.  You’re not going to find any hard sell salespeople here!

3. Rich History – “veni, vidi, vici”, or “I came, I saw, I conquered”… We’ve probably all heard these famous words by Julius Caesar, but it is a little known fact that the Black Sea is where he proclaimed them. This is also home to the legend of  Greek mythological hero Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece.  As you visit the many historical sites, you’ll see that this region was home to many cultures, religions and styles of architecture – a legacy of its colourful past.

4. The Scenery – we’re not kidding when we say the scenery will take your breath away. You’ll be lost for words when you see Sumela Monastery nestled into the side of a cliff face, dramatic mountains, lush forests, fertile fields and sweeping tea plantations. If you’re a nature lover, you’re going to be delighted, and the abundance of greenery and picturesque scenery is guaranteed to soothe the weariest soul.

5.  The Culture – if you have been to Turkey before you might think you have a handle on Turkish culture, however a trip to the Black Sea will provide a more rounded view of the country.  The traditions here are very strong and very different to other parts in the Turkey, and it has a very strong tradition of folk dance and music which is very distinct from other parts of Turkey. There is also a lot of diversity here, with the Mediterranean type vibe of Sinop, the modern city of Trabzon and hundreds of postcard-perfect mountain and lakeside villages. One thing is for sure, and that is wherever you travel in this beautiful region, the locals are very easy-going and cheerful and are sure to give you a warm welcome.

If you are interested in visiting the Black Sea Region of Turkey, we are happy to help you with itinerary suggestions – just drop us an email to: ebru@gloriousdmc.com.