The Best Things to See and Do in Artvin

Artvin | © Jean & Nathalie / Flickr
Artvin | © Jean & Nathalie / Flickr

With a rich history that dates back to the Bronze Age, Artvin’s historical ruins are some of Turkey’s lesser-known gems, hidden among the province’s evergreen natural landscapes. Check out some of the essential sights of this fascinating Black Sea province.

Karagöl Sahara Milli Parkı

No visit to Artvin would be complete without immersing oneself in nature, and the Karagöl Sahara National Park is an excellent place to do just that. The park, established in 1994, covers an area of 8,030 acres, with only one hotel by the beautiful Karagöl Lake, a great starting point for camping, swimming, and hiking vacations in untouched nature.

Karagöl Sahara Milli Parkı, o8790 Şavşat, Artvin, Turkey

Porta Monastery

The steep two-kilometer (1.2-mile) walking path toward this beautiful yet dilapidated church in a gorgeous remote forested canyon is very much worth the effort because of its significance in Georgian history. Historians believe Porta Monastery to be the monastery founded by the monk Grigol Khandzteli, who was the founder and leader of many monastic communities in Tao-Klarjeti (a historical region in southwest Georgia).

Porta Monastery, 08100 Pırnallı Köyü, Artvin Merkez, Artvin, Turkey

Ardanuç Kalesi

Another famous Artvin fortress, the Ardanuç Kalesi is almost entirely surrounded by the jagged edges of natural cliffs and, therefore, overlooks the valley in quite the dramatic pose. You’ll have to climb the steep metal steps to enter the fascinating structure, which used to look out on the capital of Georgian king Ashot the Great in the early 9th century.

Ardanuç Kalesi, Merkez Mahallesi, 08300 Ardanuç, Artvin, Turkey

Mençuna Şelalesi

One of the biggest waterfalls in the province, the Mençuna Şelalesi is quite the popular stop in Artvin and is a stunning sight with water tumbling down the cliff surrounded by the evergreen forest. The 100-meter (328-foot) drop is especially beautiful in the months of April and May.

Mençuna Şelalesi, Kamilet Vadisi, Arhavi, 08290 Arhavi, Artvin, Turkey

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