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Old 6th September 2005, 12:14   #1 (permalink)
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Discovering the Black Sea coast

Has anyone on this forum been to the Black Sea (Kara Deniz) area of Northern Turkey before. I don't think this has ever been discussed on this forum before.

Its climate is more like Englands with the temperatures cooler and receives a lot more rain than the Aegean or Med coastline.
I don't think there are any English companies offering direct holidays there, so you will need to do some homework and arrange things yourself.
I presume you would fly to Istanbul and either get a connecting flight to Trabzon or by coach from Istanbul.

If anyone comes across any other useful information on this impressive area of Turkey, can you please add them to this thread.

Perhaps in ten years or so, this will become the next sort after area for people to buy holiday and retirement homes.

see:
http://special.turkishdailynews.com.tr/page.php?ID=21

http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/WhereToGo/BlackSea/

http://www.ezoptravel.com/ezopnew/turkey/blacksea/

http://www.allaboutturkey.com/black-sea.htm
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Re: Discovering the Black Sea coast

hi Garry..you are right this area is really worth exploring. ..especially Safronbolu a town that has been on the World Heritage list since 1993. it takes its name from the saffron it produces.. obviously...but its the original old buildings that are beautifully preserved that makes it special.
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Re: Discovering the Black Sea coast

Hi GarryP.

Here are a couple of companies who do flights and hotels to Trabzon, but the flight times are a bit long just over 10 hours as you have to change in Istanbul.

The companies you can book with are:

www.thisisflights.co.uk

www.travelbg.co.uk

And a bit more history on Trabzon taken from the net using google.

Trabzon is said to be founded in the 7th century BC by Miletion colonists and then Alexis Comnenes founded the Comnenos Empire, which lasted until 1461 when the Ottomans took over the area. Thecity is now an important port of trade, continuing its role throughout the history. Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent was born here and Yavuz Sultan Selim, another Ottoman sultan, was the regional governor of Trabzon when he was a prince. The city is mostly situated on a table like promontory above the harbor. The citadel is one of the oldest remains, and the first thing you will notice when entering Trabzon, is a well-preserved 13th century Byzantine Church, now restored as the Ayasofya Museum. The walls of this church are decorated with frescoes which are the finest examples of Byzantine craftsmanship. The Fatih Mosque in the city was once a Byzantine church. Trabzon is very richly adorned with sightseeing areas and precious remains from the Byzantine period. On the western slopes of the Boztepe hill, is "the Boztepe Park" with a beautiful view of the city. In the village of Surmene, to the east of Trabzon, is a fascinating 19th century mansion, known as the Kastel. There are many opportunities in Trabzon to cover all tastes. For example the Erikbeli and Karadag meadows, south of Akcaabat, are quite good hiking and picnicking areas.
Taking a northeasterly direction towards the inner parts of Trabzon and following a delightful mountain road, you can visit the pretty mountain village of Hamsikoy and taste its delicious meals, before reaching the Zigana Tunnel, which is the largest tunnel in Turkey. Then you may head for the Zigana Ski-Center to feel the real joy of skiing, or for Gurgenagac, Kirazli and Solma which are excellent meadows with magnificent landscapes and pure clean air, for outdoor activities in the palm of nature. The most appealing and breathtaking sightseeing area of Trabzon is the Altindere National Park. 47 kms southeast of Macka, this lovely park provides a fascinating setting for the 14th century Sumela Monastery of the Virgin Mary, which is perched on the rock face 270 metres above the valley, at an altitude of 1300 meters. Within the ruins of the monastery are the remains of magnificent frescoes. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty. It was initially constructed on the steep surface of rock, as a small church in the 4th century. In the 11th century it was expanded into a monastery with 72 cells. Ottoman princes, as regional governors of Trabzon, contributed to the upkeep of the monastery, providing material and moral support. The awe-inspiring and magnificent view of the monastery, with its frescoes and holy water, attract thousands of Turkish and foreign visitors every year.

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Thanks Susan. The total return flight from London to Trabzon (via Istanbul) is not bad, around the £300 mark.

Could be worth considering if you fancied exploring somewhere new in Turkey.
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Re: Discovering the Black Sea coast

hey Gary P!

went to Trabzon in 1999, lovely place to be. I was expecting to find a very laid back town but everything seemed to be very fast paced.

Beautiful place to visit!!

Also been to Rize, few hours away from there, absolutely stunning and well worth the journey! It reminded my family of scenes from the film 'Heidi' when she was in the mountains hehe

To get to Trabzon, we first flew to Istanbul, and got a connecting flight with a Turkish airline to Trabzon. Flight between Istanbul to Trabzon was roughly and hour and a half. Allow enough time between flights for luggage to be unloaded as one of our cases got left behind!! and it took a few days to get back!! youngest daughter was NOT impressed as all of her clothes were in this particular case!!

Well hope this has been of some help to you!

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Re: Discovering the Black Sea coast

Hi Gary

We visited Black Sea area in 2000, we (hubby and I) had planned a 3 week trip driving tour starting from Ankara up and then along along the coast. After two days in Ankara we picked up a hire car and drove the route :- Safranbolu, interesting historic town, Amasra -small seaside place, Cide, Sinop which was an intersting coastal town, Samsun, Unye, Besikduzu -for no real reason I can remember it was soul-less and the hotel seemed to have lots of young russian? women visiting with middle-aged men, then Trabzon- which was a busy city, and we visited the impressive Sumela monastery which is way up high!! The Black Coast scenery was spectacular but we found the weather unreliable and to be honest we got a hankering to be on the relaxing and hot south coast after about 8 days on the Black Sea, so we drove down -very good roads-took us two days to get to Cirali/Olympos -we went through the Zigana tunnel stayed overnight in the centre of Gumushane in a just adequate hotel (the only one?) -only one beer hall in Gumushane but excellent company and hospitality from a local resident and his family- then stayed the next night in Aksaray before getting to Antalya and Cirali.

I would like to go Rize and to the north east inland places at some point.

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