The city is built in an area where the bright green tea bushes cover entire mountainsides. From Ziraat Park in the city, you can have a panoramic view of the area and be able to capture that unique beauty.
You may have the opportunity, to have the best blend of tea, at the Summer Tea Festival, and taste the very famous, rarely found Anzer honey that comes from the mountains around. Do not forget to purchase high quality, lightweight summer clothes, known by the name of the city “Rize Bezi”. In the city, the 16th century Islam Pasha Mosque and the remains of a Genoese castle can also be seen. In the south of Rize, there is an excellent camping spot, at a lovely alpine lake, surrounded by mountains and meadows.
This is Uzungol. The beautiful little town of Camlihemsin is a perfect starting point for a trekking tour in the Kackar Mountains.
There, you will pass by Firtina Vadisi, the Storm Valley, with its beautiful castle, Zirkale and bridges of Byzantine origin. Ayder comes next, which has many hot springs and it provides good opportunities for a peaceful time surrounded by nature. Cayeli, Pazar and Ardesen are the other towns close to Rize with their typical settings of the Black Sea Region.
Rize is also the hometown of Mesut Yilmaz, one of the former Prime Ministers of Turkey and leader of the ANAP political party.
We highly recommend booking international and domestic flights with Turkish Airlines. Visit www.turkishairlines.com 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.
All companies we recommend are licensed by TURSAB. It is merely a recommendation we do not take any responsibilities for any of the services recommended on this website.
For areas to visit near Rize visit https://visit-turkey.org/destination/black-sea/