The tourist destinations in northern Turkey attract millions of tourists annually, eager to explore one of the most beautiful geographical regions in the world, where stunning nature meets Turkish heritage and relics from numerous civilizations. In northern Turkey, you can notice the convergence of lakes, natural forests, orchards, and gardens, making it the preferred destination for nature and tranquility lovers. It is a suitable area for solo tourism also or with family and friends. In this article, we will explore together the best tourist spots in northern Turkey that deserve to be your next travel destination.


Tourist Destination in Northern Turkey

If you have decided to go for a peaceful, beautiful, and unforgettable vacation, here are the top destinations we recommend visiting in northern Turkey.

Trabzon, the Best Tourist Destination in Northern Turkey

The city of Trabzon is located on the Black Sea near the border with Georgia, and it is certainly one of the best tourist destinations in Turkey due to the numerous activities and tourist attractions that can be found there. If you decide to spend your vacation there, here are the top places and activities we suggest you do.

Sera Gölü: Visiting Sera Lake is one of the most beautiful experiences in Northern Turkey due to the abundance of stunning natural landscapes there. This lake is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the fresh air. Sera Lake also offers opportunities for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking around the lake, as well as jeep safari tours. Further, the area has restaurants and cafes that serve local cuisine and beverages. The lake is open to visitors 24 hours a day, and admission is free.

‪Atatürk Kosku‬: Visiting Atatürk Köşkü is one of the activities that you should make sure to do during your next visit to Trabzon, Northern Turkey. It holds a significant historical place in Trabzon, dating back to the twelfth century. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the palace offers breathtaking and attractive natural views for visitors. Visitors can enjoy walking on the beach, relaxing in the palace gardens, and marveling at the magnificent sea views. In addition to exploring the palace, visitors can enjoy plenty of other tourist activities in the area, such as visiting local restaurants and cafes, shopping in traditional markets, and exploring nearby tourist attractions.

 Sumela Monastery: is an important historical and religious site in northern Turkey. The monastery dates back to the 14th century AD. Perched on the side of a steep mountain in a narrow valley, it forms a breathtaking natural landscape. Sumela Monastery is home to numerous religious icons and historical symbols that give the history of the monastery story. Visitors can enjoy the experience of hiking through rugged mountain trails to reach the monastery, adding an element of adventure and excitement to the visit. As for the entrance fee to the site, it is 12 Turkish Lira.

Certainly, Trabzon is indeed a wonderful tourist destination in Northern Turkey. Here are more tourist attractions that must be visited for an unforgettable vacation.: 

  • ‪Gülbahar Hatun Türbesi‬

  • ‪Trabzon Kalesi‬

  • ‪Altindere Vadisi National Park‬

  • ‪Trabzon Meydan Parki‬

  • ‪St. Anne's Church‬

  •  Sultan Murat Plateau

  • Hıdırnebi

  • Çal Mağarası 

  • Lake Uzungöl

  •  Çaykara

  • Trabzon Meydan

Uzungol, the alluring lake in Trabzon northern Turkey

Uzungol is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Northern Turkey, distinguished by its exceptional natural beauty that draws tourists from around the world. Uzungol enjoys a moderate climate with mild temperatures in the summer, making it an ideal destination to visit during this time of year. However, you should be prepared for cold weather during the winter season, as snowfall is abundant, creating stunning landscapes and ideal opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts.

Accessing Uzungol is easy from the city of Trabzon via the highway, which is approximately 99 kilometers away, making the journey enjoyable and comfortable. Also, Uzungol can be reached by tourist buses that organize daily trips from Trabzon and neighboring cities.

The best places to visit there are: 

  • Sultan Murat Plateau

  • Atakoy Waterfall

  • Karst Highlands

  • Demirkapi Plateau and Fish Lake

  • Ataturk Museum in Uzungol

  • Gogit Meadows

  • Uzungol Waterfall

  • Demirkapi Plateau

  • Sürmene Village

  • Volcano Crater Lake in Uzungol

Artvin, the Best Tourist Destination in Northern Turkey

The Artvin region is located in the northeast of Turkey on the border with Georgia. It is part of the Black Sea region. Its towering mountains and deep valleys characterize it. The average district's elevation is about 1,000 meters above sea level, giving it a moderate mountainous climate. In the summer, temperatures range between 20-25 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal destination to escape the city heat. In winter, temperatures drop significantly, and snow may fall on the highlands, offering great opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts such as skiing. There are several places you must visit if you decide to visit Artvin. These places include

Dolishane Kilisesi: It is a church that dates back to the 10th century AD and is located 32 kilometers from the center of Artvin. The church is distinguished by its beautiful architecture, reflecting an ancient era. Visiting the church is very convenient due to the ease of access besides many hotels nearby where visitors can stay.

Mençuna Şelalesi: is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Artvin region of northern Turkey, nestled amidst dense forests. A visit to it evokes tranquility and relaxation. It is located approximately 15 kilometers from Artvin, and accessing it is quite easy. There are a lot of activities that can be done there such as nature walks, photography, and swimming in natural pools. Additionally, to cater to visitors' needs many facilities available, including restaurants and cafes.

Artvin Kalesi: is one of the prominent historical sites in the Artvin region. Situated on a high hill, the castle dates back to the Middle Ages and is considered a part of the region's historical heritage. The tourists visit the castle to enjoy its magnificent views and explore the city's old history. The castle allows them to see the entire city from its top.

There are also a large number of destinations that we recommend visiting when touring Artvin, northern Turkey:

  • ‪Twin Bridge‬

  • ‪Karagol

  • ‪Artvin Atatepe‬

  • ‪Ishan Church‬

  • ‪Kafkasor Arena‬

  • ‪Tibeti Kilisesi‬

  • ‪Hatila Cam Seyir Terasi‬

  • ‪Savsat Kalesi‬

Rize, the Coastal City in the Eastern Black Sea

The city of Rize, located near the border with Georgia, is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in northern Turkey due to its stunning natural beauty, which attracts tourists from all over Turkey and the world. It is known for its nature and tea farms. It is particularly suitable for winter enthusiasts as it experiences harsh winters for most of the year, with snow and rain falling throughout the year. If you decide to spend your vacation there, here are the highlights of the places you must visit.

  • Rize Museum

  • İyidere Village(İyidere Köyü)

  • İyidere Thermal Springs(İyidere Kaplıcaları)

  • Rize Castle(Rize Kalesi)

  • Gelin Tulu Waterfalls Rize(Gelin Tulu Şelaleleri Rize)

  • Cagriran Rock Summit Rize(Çağrıran Kayası Zirvesi Rize)

  • Rize Mountains(Rize Dağları)

  • Jewelry Street in Rize(Rize'deki Mücevherat Sokağı)

  • Muradiye Heleke Mosque( Muradiye Heleke Camii)

Tourism in Sinop the Happiest City in Northern Turkey

Tourism in Sinop offers a unique experience in Turkey, as Sinop is considered one of the oldest cities in northern Turkey, renowned for its beautiful beaches and stunning natural landscapes. Located on a peninsula overlooking the Black Sea, Sinop boasts a rich historical heritage. The castle of Sinop, established in the 7th century BC, stands as one of the oldest historical sites in the region. Visitors can explore the castle walls, ancient towers, and museums housing an exciting collection of archaeological artifacts. As for the recommended places to visit, they include:

  • Sinop Castle

  • Sinop Beaches

  • Sinop Museum of Archaeology and Heritage

  • Sultan Osman Mosque

  • Old Town Area

  • Sinop National Park

The folk dance in northern Turkey

There is more information to know about northern Turkey, this part of Turkey is full of culture, amazing nature, historical landmarks, and incredible food flavors. One of the most famous and attractive traditions is the folk dancing, known as Horon. It is a kind of Turkish traditional dance popular in northern Turkey, in the Black Sea region. There are many tales about the meaning of Horon, which probably refers to the Greek word(χορός) means ''dance''. It is the Turkish style of the Greek war dance named ''Serra''. The Anatolian Dance in the past time was a kind of divine festivitie. There are many types of Horon Dance in Northern Turkey. It is called Horan in the Ordu and Giresun provinces. This folk dance is performed by men and women standing together in straight lines or semicircles. The men in the Horon dance wear traditional northern Turkey clothes decorated with fishing tools, weapons, leather bands, and other colorful belts. The women wear colorful traditional also. This kind of dance contains quick shoulders vibrating, quick movement, and agility.

The main idea of folk dances is to show bravery through hard and speedy moves with high music from the drum, kemenche, fife, and bagpipes. Besides the loud shouts of the dancers increase the excitement.


Exploring Northern Turkey is more than just a journey; it's an exploration that redefines beauty, history, and adventure. From verdant mountain peaks to sandy shores along the Black Sea, the region's terrains are diverse and breathtaking. Its ancient cities and medieval castles offer a glimpse into the wealthy history of the place. Yet, beyond its natural beauty and historical sites, Northern Turkey boasts various activities and experiences that ensure every visitor a rich and enjoyable stay. And let's not forget the renowned Turkish hospitality, welcoming visitors with open hearts and warm smiles. In conclusion, touring Northern Turkey is not merely a trip; it's an odyssey that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

Northern Turkey- Atriven