Like all cities extending along the beautiful Black Sea coast, Artvin is a lovely district, 64 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Hopa, possessing picturesque views of nature. Typical of this region, wide forests cover the area, and this landscape of mountains, lakes, plateaus and rivers, together with the traditional settings of pretty wooden houses, offers a pleasant atmosphere to visitors.

The wild and romantic Çoruh river with its impressive rapids crosses the land here. White water rafting is possible on this river for the adventure-lovers to enjoy the excitement that few other rivers in the world offer. Along the road to Erzurum, are the Tortum waterfalls, constituting another attraction with a calm and peaceful atmosphere. 55 kilometers (34 miles) east of Artvin, are the towns of Savsat and Borcka, and the nearby Karagöller, a dreamlike place of a beautiful lake.

Artvin, turkey

Photo by Discover Savsat

Wide plateaus are also found in Artvin, one being the Bilbilan; and the other Kafkasor, where the famous Kafkasor Festival is held with the interesting bull-fights. Sarp border gate is at Hopa. There are many historical citadels, mosques, churches, and bridges, along with yachting, hunting, fishing facilities and thermal springs.

In this city of diverse nature, there are also numerous ancient sites for sightseers to visit. The ruins of a 16th-century castle lie at the foot of the hill where the city is situated. There are fine old churches, dating to the 7th and 10th centuries, near the villages of Barhal, Ishan, Bagbasi and Çamliyamaç. Balih Bey Mosque is another important monument of Artvin, and the typical old Turkish houses are parts of the charming historical scenery.

Things to See in Artvin

Karagol Sahara National Park

The National Park covers 8,030 acres with a hotel by the beautiful Karagol Lake. The lake is a great spot for people who love camping, hiking and swimming. The park is been around since 1994 and is very popular with domestic and international tourists.

Porta Monastery

The Porta Monastery was founded by the monk Grigor Khandzteli who founded many monastic communities. The steep 1.2-mile walk towards the church is very much worth the effort to see this amazing piece of history.

Nearest Airport

Airport Name: Rize–Artvin Airport
Address: 53300 Yeşilköy/Pazar/Rize, Turkey
Code: QRI
Serves: Rize, Artvin

We highly recommend booking international and domestic flights with Turkish Airlines. Visit for prices and times.

If you wish to travel by bus or car please give the details of your journey so we can recommend a local transfer service. You must allow 3 days for us to make suggestions.

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