Set between the Black Sea and the Pontic Mountains, Trabzon City Centre combines dramatic scenery with centuries of history and culture. Sip Turkish coffee in the tree-lined main square, get lost in a 16th-century bazaar and discover the city’s legacy as an ancient Greek trading port and important stop on the Silk Road.
Things to do in Trabzon City Centre
Atatürk Alani, the city’s bustling main square, is the beating heart of the city. It’s shaded by leafy plane trees and anchored by a larger-than-life statue of the beloved Turkish statesman. Cafes, restaurants and tea houses spill out into the square and create a lively atmosphere. Venture down one of the narrow cobbled alleyways to explore the old walled city and shop for jewellery, homewares and souvenirs at the 16th-century bazaar.
Trabzon Museum occupies a Neo Rococo mansion and features exhibits on the city’s ancient past. Highlights include tools, weapons and statues found at nearby archaeological sites. The ethnographic galleries showcase Islamic artworks and relics from the Ottoman period.
Kanuni Park is encircled by ancient, fortified walls and feels like an inner-city oasis. The park is dotted with historic buildings like the Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Ottoman Culture House, where you can stop to enjoy a glass of sweet apple tea at its charming café.
Sumela Monastery is an easy day trip from Trabzon City Centre. Set within Altindere National Park, the monastery clings to the side of a cliff and seems to float above the valley. Admire the beautiful frescoes in the main chapel and enjoy spectacular views over the park.
Getting around Trabzon City Centre
Trabzon City Centre is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around the city, while you can also ride buses and minibuses. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Trabzon Airport is a 10-minute drive away.