This is Turkey’s Black Sea coast, a dramatically beautiful part of the country, but not a mecca for sand-and-sun seekers.
There are sandy beaches along the Black Sea coast, but they tend to be small. The real problem for beach-goers, however, is the sun or, rather, the lack of it. There is less of it up here.
The land is lush and green, and the dairy products wonderful, but that’s because growing things get lots of rain, and the cows eat lush green grass (think: Ireland).
Also, the Black Sea is quite fantastically deep, which accounts in part for the chilly temperature of its waters.
by all means, tour the Black Sea coast, and bring your bathing suit. But don’t expect the balmy temperatures and reliable sunshine of Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.