Yukarı Kavron

Black Sea Coast

One of the most popular day-trip driving destinations from Ayder (13km by unpaved track), Yukarı Kavron is a slightly scrappy seasonal yayla village in a beautiful upland valley flanked by mountain ridges. In summer the crush of cars can be off-putting, but within a few minutes' walk you can escape the crowds on idyllic hiking trails towards Mt Kaçkar and several mountain lakes.

A long day trek leads to Olgunlar.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Black Sea Coast attractions

1. Gelin Tülü Şelasi View

4.89 MILES

At the eastern end of Ayder village is a popular viewpoint from which to look out across a very deep-cut valley to a long, vertical series of cascades…

2. Huser Yaylası

6.41 MILES

The Kaçkar region's full glory becomes most apparent when you climb high above the treeline to one of the upland meadows (yayla) from which the beautiful…

3. Zemevan Old Bridge

7.63 MILES

Right beside the new road bridge at the entrance to Yaylalar, an antique pedestrian bridge crosses a side stream with the elegant simplicity of a stone…

4. Pokut

8.04 MILES

On clear days, the views from this summer shepherds' hamlet (elevation 2030m) seem to stretch to infinity with a foreground of typical bungalows climbing…

5. Palovit Şelalesi

8.28 MILES

This powerful, if fairly narrow, 15m waterfall is best viewed from the roadside overlook, though few visitors can resist the temptation to descend on the…

6. Çat Yayla

10.13 MILES

High, high above (lower) Çat village, Çat Yayla sits at around 1800m is a glorious area of comparatively accessible meadows that are at their most…

7. Zilkale

10.27 MILES

The region's most spectacular man-made attraction is the neatly restored 13th-century shell of Zil Castle, a fine stone tower surrounded by sturdy walls…

8. Barhal Church-Mosque

14.54 MILES

Barhal's domeless 10th-century Georgian church is remarkably complete and now used as a mosque. The towerless, grey stone form, known as Parkhali to…