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The Black Sea


The Black Sea still retains its mystique thousands of years after Xenophon’s men retreated towards it shouting, ‘The sea! the sea!’. A wildly hostile coastline, with hardly a harbour to speak of for a thousand kilometres, and the most astonishing of hinterlands.

Getting there

Hire a car from Istanbul and drive all the way to Batumi!

1The Western Black Sea

Overlooked by most visitors to Turkey, perhaps less dramatic in scale than the eastern Black Sea, this is still a wonderful place for the independent traveller, with fabulous food and stunning scenery and architecture. And drivable from Istanbul or Ankara.

2Kastamonu

Beautiful mountains with stunning walks, crumbling mansions, ancient tombs, comfortable town-house hotels, fortifying farmhouse breakfasts – in short all the ingredients Cornucopia readers look for.