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Ardanuç (Gevhernik) Kalesi

Signs from the main road in Ardanuç town, 32 km east of Artvin, point up to this wonderfully dramatic ruined fortress, which is almost entirely surrounded by sheer cliffs. Park beneath its east side and follow the p…
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Sevgi Sofrası

A remarkable change from the kebap-dominated fare elsewhere, the informal and friendly little 'Love Feast' serves up a marvellous buffet of fresh-cooked dishes including soups, salads and desserts, including many ve…
Monastery in Artvin

Porta Monastery

Thirteen kilometres northeast of the Ardanuç turn-off on the D010, a brown sign points left to 'Porta Monastiri 2'. This is the start of a steep 2km walking track up to Porta Monastery, a severely dilapidated ruin t…
Cultural in Artvin

Kafkasör Kültür, Sanat ve Turizm Festivali

This popular festival, held in the Kafkasör Yaylası pasture, 7km uphill southwest from town, features folk dance and music, wrestling and, most famously, boğa güreşleri (bloodless bull-wrestling) in one of Turkey's …
Church in Artvin

Yeni Rabat Church

Seventeen kilometres southeast of Ardanuç (signposted from the town and again at the turn-off to Bulanık village), the 10th or 11th-century Georgian Yeni Rabat church is abandoned and relatively plain but still larg…
Castle in Artvin

Şavşat Kalesi

At the western end of the town of Şavşat on the D010, 66km east of Artvin, the fairy-tale castle Şavşat Kalesi stands sentinel. Founded by Georgians in the 10th century, this was the ruling seat of Shavsheti, one of…
Church in Artvin

Tbeti Church

The ruined 10th-century Georgian Tbeti Church stands in a peaceful yaylalar village with a couple of cafes next to it. The south facade is the best preserved part, with handsome blind arcades and some detailed relie…
Church in Artvin

Dolişhane Church

About 18km east of Artvin on the winding D010, a side-road signposted 'Dolişhane Kilisesi 3' climbs to the lovely little 10th-century Georgian Dolişhane church. It's empty inside but has a few relief carvings, notab…