Discover Turkey’s Black Sea Region. Lush and subtropical, the Black Sea region is well-known for deep green forests, beautiful plateaus and deep valleys. The Black Sea is geographically and culturally rich. In addition to quaint fishing villages and a beautiful coastline, the region is home to fields of corn, hazelnut, tea, and tobacco. Like most places in Turkey, the region is also rich in history. According to legend, Queen Hippolyte and her tribe of female Amazon warriors lived here. Additionally, the seaside chapel Yason Burnu (Cape Jason) in the Ordu Province marks the spot where Jason and his fleet of Argonauts passed.
Turkey is home to seven distinct geographic regions: Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Marmara, Mediterranean, and Southeastern Anatolia. The Black Sea Region sits along the coast of the Black Sea. The region is bordered by the Marmara Region to the west; Central Anatolia to the south; Eastern Anatolia to the southeast; the Republic of Georgia to the northeast.
Turkey has a total of 81 provinces. Each province has a unique code license plate code. The Black Sea Region consists of 18 provinces: Amasya (05), Artvin (08), Bolu (14), Çorum (19), Giresun (28), Gümüşhane (29), Kastamonu (37), Ordu (52), Rize (53), Samsun (55), Sinop (57), Tokat (60), Trabzon (61), Zonguldak (67), Bayburt (69), Bartin (74), Karabük (78), and Düzce (81).
The Black Sea region is home the to Unesco World Heritage Sites of Safranbolu (05) and the ancient Hittite Capital, Hattusha (11). Additional historic locations include Bithynia, Pontus, Sebastopolis, and Sumela Monastery.
Well-known for its tea, hazelnuts and hamsi (anchovy), the Black Sea Region has an amazing diversity in its cuisine. Regional specialties include Anchovy and Rice, Black Cabbage Soup, Black Cabbage Wraps, Corn Bread, Charcoal Roasting, Haricot Beans, Hinkali, Kuymak, Laz Pastry, and Pickle Roasting.
The Black Sea has a temperate oceanic climate with warm, wet summers and cool to cold, wet winters. Average temperatures range from 23°C (73°F) in summer to 7°C (44°F) in winter. Rainfall averages between 2000 – 2500 mm (78 – 98 inches) annually.