Artvin, which is one of the major and charming cities of the Black Sea region of Turkey, portrays countless shades of green and boasts magnificent natural beauties. Imagine endless landscapes, explore the alpine pastures, breathe in the fresh air, surrender to the flow of nature. Artvin is the capital of the Artvin province, which is situated in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Near to the Georgian border, Artvin is located on the Coruh River, 64 km away from Hopa. Artvin is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, making it ideal for those who like to hike and explore. You can explore mountains, forests, lakes, plateaus, valleys and rivers.
The Coruh River, on which Artvin stands, is ideal for the sport of river rafting. Its tumultuous flow and series of rapids provide conditions rarely found in other parts of the world. In fact it is the river’s natural power that has carved some of the area’s stunning valleys. For more wonders of nature you should head towards Erzurum, where you can visit the Tortum Waterfalls. As well as being a place of natural beauty Artvin has a number of historical sites. Archaeological excavations have provided finds that date back to the Bronze Age and beyond. Throughout the centuries many civilisations have left their mark on the area; such as the Hurri, Scythians, Arabs, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans.
Therefore you are able to explore the ruins of ancient castles, mosques, churches and bridges. Traditional wooden houses, built using Ottoman architecture, are scattered about providing a charming insight into the town’s history and culture. Artvin has quite a diverse culture, with varied traditional dances and music, as its population comprises of Turks, Lazes, Hamshenis and Georgians. They also hold an annual bull wrestling festival, which you could experience should you visit in June. Accommodation in Artvin caters for all needs and budgets.