The Black Sea coast stands out with a lush hinterland made up of groves and forests stretching beyond the horizon, a genuine garden of Eden showered all year round by the profuse rainfall. Tea, tobacco, cherries and hazelnuts are grown on a near-industrial scale. Its coast boasts beaches of fine sand and seaside resorts, and though the waters are colder than in the Mediterranean, they are still delightful. Unfortunately, none of the towns and villages along the coast offer any attractions as such, especially in the easternmost area. You can, however, go for interesting excursions: a cruise between Rize and Istanbul, a trip to the charming fishing port of Amasra, the Sumela monastery, or even explore the Kaçkar mountain.
Many buildings are built into the cliffside on the Black Sea coast© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
The villages on the Black Sea coast are somewhat off the beaten track therefore not yet popular with tourists© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
The region is popular for the range of hiking opportunities available to the visitor© Martin Siepmann/ age fotostock
The name of the town derives from Amastris, the first name of the niece of the last king of Persia.© Digital Archive Japan / age fotostock