The Black Sea is a spot famous for bathing because of its low salinity, caused by the constant flow of fresh water from rain-swollen rivers and run-off from the region's verdant mountain slopes. This unusually wet weather has helped stem the influx of mass tourism to this region, making this one of the most isolated spots in Turkey.
The terrain here is challenging, but for those of you that do travel here, the Hem≈üin Valley proves that this region's inaccessibility is a vital part of its charm. Here you will find yourself transported into the world of the Hamsheneese people, surrounded by harsh terrain and unparalleled beauty backed by the Kaçkar Mountains.
Heading away from the Georgian border towards northern Anatolia the landscape becomes more manageable, giving way to the region's picturesque towns and villages. Experience the charm of coastal Sinop, or soak up the history of Amasra's Byzantine harbour, before heading onto the world famous Monastery of Sumela, clinging to sheer cliffs 1000ft above the Altindere Valley.