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Destination Black Sea Region

The region is a real heaven for nature lovers and botanists with its oceanic climate and full of green areas, forests, rivers and waterfalls. It’s also the only one of the seven regions of Turkey in which more people live in rural rather than urban areas. 
Agriculture is the primary way of living. Tea and hazelnut are the main products identified with the region. Tranquility, refreshment, anti-aging are the keywords of this amazing region with fresh climate, organic products and mountain smell. 
It’s difficult to meet a high luxury hotels as in other regions of Turkey because of the structure of the region; but instead nice boutique hotel complexes with great scenery the region offers you. We guarantee that you will see the best open countryside you have ever seen. Summer is the best time to visit the legendary greens and summer camping grounds of Black sea.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BLACK SEA?

» Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)" in North Anatolia when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey
» Black Sea region has more then 100 unnamed and 200 different plant species 
» Crystal flakes can be seen with bare-eyes in Erzurum-Kars region.

SUMELA MONASTERY
Sumela is an ancient Greek Orthodox monastery in Trabzon Province. Located at a in attitude of 1200 meters from the sea level, the site is nestled into the high cliffs of Zigana Mountains in Altındere Valley(declared as a national park in 1987) and covered by a beautiful forest. 
The monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Christianity in Anatolia especially for Orthodox sect. It’s considered as one of the primarily sacred places by Orthodox Christians. For that reason,this belief creates a huge potential for tourism. The  place is a very popular tourist attraction with its amazing valley scenery, surrounding green geographical nature and rocky mountains behind as well as for its cultural and religious significance. 
The monastery dates back to the 4th century. During its long history, it fell into ruin several times and was restored by many Emperors. It became extremely popular up until the 19th century. The site was abandoned in 1923 and became a museum and a popular tourist attraction
The whole building houses several frescoes and wall paintings of superior quality. The beautiful frescoes remaining from the beginning of 18th century on the wallks of the monastery are biblical scenes telling the story of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary. The influence of Turkish art can be observed as well in the design of the cupboards, niches and fireplace in the rooms sweeping the courtyard.
You will be amazed by gigantic rocks standing behind the monastery and dark-skinned figures which brings a magical appearance you will feel from the first step into the building.

ÇAMLIHEMŞİN
Çamlıhemşin is a small district of Rize Province at the junction of two rushing rivers serving as a gateway to Kaçkar Mountains . It’s a very pleasant and quiet overnight stop place before climbing to Kaçkars with its amazing green scenery. You can enjoy mountain view by listening to the river flowing by. Autumn is the best period to visit the area with the foliage of green and yellow. 
Çamlıhemşin itself is just a small town of 2,355 people but houses a number of places for hiking and refreshment such as Ayder, a village full of mineral baths and accomodation options and Fırtına Valley. 
You can also pass by Hala River to see Stone arch bridges which has been built in Ottoman Empire Era in 19th Century and then take lunch in a local restaurant to taste a traditional meal special to Çamlıhemşin -  “muhlama” - a fondue-type hot cheese, butter and flıur puding.

MACHAKHELİ
Macahel is a historical geographical area and long valley along the river Machakhlistskal between Turkey and Georgia. The area is in Borçka district of Artvin Province and surrounded by Karcal Mountains Untouched green forests with 1 to 5 years old years old trees makes this valley remarkable and one of the purest forests in ecological manner. 
The area is famous for the intensive practices of beekeeping and the high quality of honey produced by Caucasian bee. Camili Village was the first area in Turkey that was included in UNESCO’s ‘Human and Biosphere Reserve Project’.

UZUNGÖL
Uzungöl (English: Long lake) is a 99 km long lake situated from Trabzon City in Turkey and the nearby village holds the same name as well.   
Located in a valley between high rising mountains, the area is most famous for its unrestrained natural beauties. Due to the climate, fogs are very common and the surrounding greenery of the mountain forests fills the background. It’s a perfect place to feel peace, tranquility and freshness that you will feel like just in a blue-green dream.