Kaçkar Mountains attractions

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…
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, …
Village in Fırtına Valley

Çat Yayla

The Çat summer village (1800m), where locals move to in the warmer months when the road is passable, lies 3.5km uphill from Çat. It's well worth the walk for the yaylalar, overlooked by snowy peaks and swathed in bu…
Castle in Fırtına Valley


South from Şenyuva the road climbs into the hills to reach the restored 13th-century Zil Castle after 5.5km. A rectangular stone tower surrounded by sturdy walls on a rock pinnacle above the sheer gorge, this was a …
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.
Waterfall in Fırtına Valley

Palovit Şelalesi

The Palovit River falls 15m at this thundering waterfall, 4km off the Fırtına valley road from a signposted turning 2.5km south of Zilkale castle. The road up to the waterfall is paved. Past the waterfall the road c…
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…