Top things to do in Western Kaçkars

Turkish in Ayder

Pilita

A quirky place where they may not have half of what's chalked on the blackboard, but you'll probably enjoy the carefully prepared dishes that are served – mezes such as yoğurtlu patlıcan (aubergine salad with yoghur…
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

Zilkale

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 …
Cultural in Ayder

Çamlıhemşin Ayder Festival

This highly popular early-summer festival highlights Hemşin culture with folk dance and music, and also features northeast Turkey's bloodless form of boğa güreşleri (bullfighting), in which two bulls lock heads and …
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…
Anatolian in Ayder

Yılmaz Lokanta

This economical family-run cafe offers hearty soups, chicken and fish dishes and köfte (meatballs), plus local specialities such as muhlama (a melted-cheese dish) and Laz böreği (a flaky custard pastry with hazelnut…