On the east coastline of the Black Sea, Rize was constructed on a mountainside covered with tea shrubs where you can hike up to the forests from the fields and lie in the lush grass of mesmerising plateaus near the mountaintops. It’s a city whose glacier lakes, waterfalls and hot springs will refresh the body and the mind.
Take time to visit the magnificent Genoese Castle and the 16th-century İslampaşa Kurşunlu Mosque, displaying the Turkish leader's personal belongings and ethnographical artefacts from the region.
Mataracı Mehmet Efendi Mansion renamed the Atatürk Museum will draw your attention. There are also local architectural masterpieces depicting a matchless art of wood and cut stonework.