Trabzon – formerly known as Trabzund, is a city on the Black Sea in northeastern Turkey, the capital of the province of the same name. Once located on the Great Silk Road, the appearance of this city is still famous for its charming mix of many religions, languages and cultures. Throughout all historical periods, Trabzon has been of great importance for foreign trade.
Many local dishes really deserve to be tasted. Especially worth highlighting are pide and köfte kebabs. Pide is a bit like pizza made from special dough and rather specific cheese. It is also worth trying Akcaabat koftesi, garlic meatballs that will be especially tasty with ayran and piyaz – lettuce beans. In addition, it is believed that the best bread in all of Turkey is baked in Trabzon.
In the city center there is an inexpensive but very good restaurant – Cardak Pide Salonu. And in Cevdet Akcay you can try kuzen – Turkish sausages in the dough.
There are many restaurants in the Akcaabat area. When you find yourself there, you should definitely check into Nihat Usta, Keyvan, Cemil Usta or Korfez Restaurant. After lunch, you can enjoy tea at the Akcaabat Fisher Port.
If you want European coffee, go to the Keyif Coffee & Tea Store in the Canbakkal İş Merkezi shopping mall, there is a huge selection of tea and an excellent cappuccino for only 3 TRY.
We do not recommend saving much on a hotel, because most of the cheap hotels in Trabzon are located below Ataturk Square, near the port, and providing overnight in them is not always the main source of income. In addition, it will be difficult to find English-speaking staff there.
However, if you don’t want to spend too much on accommodation, you can stay at the Erzurum Hotel, a hundred meters from Atatürk Alanı Square. Quite a pleasant quiet hotel with friendly staff in which women traveling alone will not have any problems.
Near the tour desk is the Hotel Nur. The staff somehow speaks English, a double room costs 180 TRY.
If you are interested in more prestigious hotels, you can opt for the Zorlu Grand Otel in the center of Trabzon or Novotel. Novotel is located in Yomra, but it doesn’t take you more than ten minutes to get to the center of Trabzon by bus or car.
Attractions and Attractions Trabzon
Hagia Sophia Cathedral Museum is a beautiful, picturesque church, first converted into a mosque, and then into a museum where you can see stunning frescoes. The museum has a garden where you can have tea. You can get there by any bus marked Aya Sofya, departing from the northern part of Atatürk Alani Square. The complex operates from April to October daily from 9:00 to 18:00, from November to February – only from Thursday to Sunday from 8:00 to 16:00; in March – from Thursday to Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00. Entrance to the main church – 5 TRY, to a small village house with an ethnographic collection inside, also located on the territory of the Haya Sofia complex, is paid separately.
In addition, it is worth visiting the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, open to visitors from two to three from Thursday to Sunday, the Chashra, Gulbahar-Khatun and Yeni mosques, formerly the city’s patron saint church, St. Eugene, as well as the Ortahisar mosque, the former Panaya church Chrysokefalos and Kuchuk Ayvasil, a small Byzantine church.
The city fort, Ortahisar Castle in the Old Town and the Upper Citadel undoubtedly deserve attention.
There is a city museum in Trabzon, open from Thursday to Sunday from 9:30 to 17:30 (lunch from 12:00 to 13:00), ticket price is 5 TRY, and the Ataturk Museum located in Ataturk-Koshu Villa (open daily from 8:00 to 17:00).
Not far from the city, in the southeast, is Bosepte Hill, on which there are two Christian monasteries preserved from the XIV century – Panaya Theoskepastos and Armenian Kaymakli.
East of Trabzon, next to Caykara, there is the mountain lake Uzunköl, which is also worth a visit.
Sümela Monastery is a stone-carved monastery in the mountains south of Trabzon. It was built in the 4th century, shortly before the split of the Roman Empire. The entrance costs 25 TRY, and to get there, it will be most convenient to book a tour, for example, in Eyce Tours.
In addition, it will not be amiss to visit the Günes Sanat art gallery, built by 73-year-old artist Azmi Aytekin.
And a 20-30 minute walk from the main square is the Hüseyin Avni stadium, where on the weekend you can watch the match of the local team Trabzonspor, which is considered the most successful outside of Istanbul.
You can get more detailed information about the sights and the city itself at the Trabzon Travel Bureau, located one block from Atatürk Alani Square, opposite the Iskender Pasha Mosque. Opening hours: March-August from 8:00 to 19:00; September-February Mon-Fri from 8:00 to 17:00.