Top things to do in Eastern Kaçkars

Top Choice Church in Tekkale & Dörtkilise


The wonderful 10th-century Georgian church of Dörtkilise (in Georgian Otkhta Eklesia, meaning Church of the Four) stands 6km up a green river valley from Tekkale village, 7km southwest of Yusufeli. A large, domeless…
Cafe in Yusufeli

Yusufeli Kültür Evi

This town-hall-run venture is a lovely place to enjoy tasty local dishes at excellent prices, or a game of backgammon or pool and a Turkish coffee with Turkish delight. You can sit in the spacious main room that has…
Church in Barhal

Barhal Church

The majestic lines of this 10th-century Georgian church (Parkhali to Georgians) rise 1km from the centre. A domeless three-nave basilica, the structure lacks much ornamentation, but the soaring dignity of its form, …
Castle in Tekkale & Dörtkilise

Tek Kale Kalesi

One kilometre before Tekkale village coming from Yusufeli, the ruined medieval Georgian castle Tek Kale Kalesi perches high above the road, complete with small church on its inaccessible rock pinnacle.
Turkish in Olgunlar

Olgunlar Cafe

Beside the bridge at the end of the hamlet where the Dilberdüzü trail starts, the surprisingly well-appointed Olgunlar Cafe serves up dishes such as trout, köfte (meatballs), menemen (scrambled eggs with peppers, to…
Turkish in Yusufeli

Hacıoğlu Cağ Döner Salonu

The open-fire barbecues – cağ kebap (mutton grilled on a horizontal spit), tavuk izgara (grilled chicken) and the like – are on a par with any in town, but the riverside terrace at the back gives this place a distin…
Castle in Tekkale & Dörtkilise

Peterek Kalesi

Five kilometres southwest of Tekkale village along the D050 towards İspir, Peterek Kalesi, a castle of probable medieval Georgian origin, looms above the side road up to Çevreli village. You can walk up to it by a p…