9 Best Things To Do in Rize, Turkey

Rize is a small, beautiful and ancient city located on the shore of the Black Sea, Turkey. It is said to be a small place as it occupies a very small portion of the land between the sea and the mountains. Rize is one city where you hear the cries of the seagulls always. The climatic conditions of Rize favor the cultivation of tea and the city is green-clad with tea bushes producing some of the finest tea in the world. Some top places to visit in Rize are Rize Castle, Şafak Lunapark, Botanik Cay Bahcesi add this Rize points of interest to your itinerary.

Here's the list of tourist attractions and best things to do in Rize:

1. Visit the Rize Castle 

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The Rize Castle in Turkey is one of the best photogenic places in Turkey which was built by the Geonese in the 14th century. The castle's walls were predominantly built with ashlar and mortar and have a citadel and an inner castle. Today, the castle is partly ruined, yet is breathtakingly beautiful. The castle is situated on a hill and offers some panoramic views of the Rize city.

2. Know about the Turkish Army Officer Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at Ataturk House And Ethnography Museum

Ataturk House And Ethnography Museum was once the house of the revolutionary Turkish Army officer, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Today, the house and his belongings have been turned into a museum where people can learn about him and see the things that he used. The meeting room, kitchen and the bedroom of the Ataturk House has been renovated in a way to take the tourists to the Turkish empire period. If you are a history lover, this place is unanimously for you!

3. Take a day out at the Şafak Lunapark

Şafak Lunapark in Rize is one of the best amusement parks in the whole of Turkey. Situated by the beachside, it has a good green cover and wide range of rides making it the right place to enjoy with the whole family. The amusement park is also good for an evening stroll and it looks even better at night with lightings. If you are tired of touring around Rize and would like to have 

some fun, you just cannot miss this place!

4. Dag-Raft Rafting

Dag-Raft Rafting in Rize is for the thrill-seeker in you. Rafting on the cool and clear water in the lap of nature is definitely an unmissable thing to do in Rize in summer. The instructors are friendly and supportive and dag-raft rafting is absolutely done with safety measures. 

5. Sip tea at Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi 

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Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi is a beautiful place on a hill with dark tall trees, a cosy ambiance with one of the world's best tea. This picturesque place smells so fresh and offers some striking views. Do not miss tring some exotic tea variants like the Vanilla black tea and white tea. Sipping the world's best tea in a calm and tranquil place within the woods are few words that can be synonym to Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi. On a relaxed day, you can also walk around this amazing landscape to refresh yourself.

6. Enjoy beauty of nature at Firtina Deresi 

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Firtina Deresi is a water body tourist attraction and all through the ride to Firtina Deresi, we can find some stunning historical bridges that are worth a picture. There are so many restaurants that offer delicious foods. You can enjoy zip lining and river rafting here. You should plan to go during the summer months, so that it is not freezing and you enjoy the striking landscape to the fullest.

7. Get blessed at the Kible Dagi Camii 

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Kible Dagi Camii is a mosque located at a height of about 1130 mt on a hill. The road to the mosque is spectacular and the Kible Dagi Camii is an architectural gem of Turkey. Get blessed at this religious centre. There are also small self-catering cabins in the Kible Dagi Camii. This place is ideal for a small picnic with friends and family.

8. Relax at the Hemsin Organik Vadisi valley

Hemsin Organik Vadisi valley is one of the fewest places on Earth where Mother Nature is well preserved and respected. The valley is breathtakingly beautiful in all possible shades of green. The layer of organic tea plantations fills you with tranquility and peace and the old wooden houses depict the authentic Turkish Culture. Organic Honey is another famous thing in this valley.

9. Go back in time at the Rize Museum

The Yellow house in the Rize Townhouse has been converted into a museum and is it is used to display some marvel pieces of ancient architecture. The first floor which earlier had rooms and kitchen is organized as an administrative floor. The second floor which was the living space of the households has been used for exhibition. This museum is definitely not to be missed during your visit to Rize. 

Author: Meghana Agashe
Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for a...

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    Firtina Deresi

    Tags: Water Body, View Point, River

    Address: Ardeşen/Rize Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

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    Ziraat- Botanik Cay Bahcesi

    Tags: Outdoors, View Point, Cafe

    Address: Atmeydanı, Narenciye Sk. No:16, 53020 Merkez/Rize Merkez/Rize, Turkey

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Details

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    Rize Kalesi

    Tags: View Point, Castle, Historical Site

    Address: Kale Mh., 53100 Merkez/Rize Merkez/Rize, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

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    Address: Piriçelebi, Antika Sok. No:4, 53020 Rize Merkez/Rize, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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    Palovit Selalesi

    Tags: View Point, Waterfall, Nature

    Address: 53780 Şenköy/Çamlıhemşin/Rize, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

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    Ataturk House And Ethnography Museum

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    Address: Müftü, Kirazlık Sok. No:16, 53020 Rize Merkez/Rize, Turkey

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    Ayder Yaylası - Villa De Pelit Otel Image

    Address: Ayder Turizm Merkezi, Ayder Yaylası Festival Alanı, 53750 Çamlıhemşim/Çamlıhemşin/Rize, Turkey

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    Address: Piriçelebi Mahallesi, 53100 Rize Merkez/Rize, Turkey

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    Address: 53790 Çamlıhemşin/Rize, Turkey

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    Taka Rafting Image

    Address: Akkaya ( pelegivat) Köyü Fırtına Vadısı Ayder yolu Üzeri, Rize, 53400 Ardeşen/Rize, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details
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