Welcome to Samsun
Few travellers stop in the sprawling port city of Samsun for more than a change of bus. Indeed, even the enterprising Genoese only paused long enough to burn the city to the ground in the 15th century. But with accommodation and eateries handily located around Cumhuriyet Meydanı (Republic Sq) and some of the Black Sea coast's best museums, Samsun makes a worthwhile stop on your journey east or west. From Cumhuriyet Meydanı, Cumhuriyet Caddesi runs eastwards, along the south side of Atatürk Park, which is bordered to the north by Atatürk Bulvarı (the coastal highway). The main thoroughfare heading west from the square is Gazi Caddesi.