Samsun, the provincial capital of Samsun Province has destined visitors to explore it for whatever reasons they got drawn to it. Whether a layover at its bustling Black Sea port, getting a glimpse of the rich heritage and tradition, for it is also the also traditional capital of Turkey’s Black Sea region. Despite evolving as a modern city in recent times, it holds strong roots in its folklores and praxis.
With an interestingly craggy history, Samsun is a striking euphoria. On May 19, 1919, when Mustafa Kemal Pasha (also known as Ataturk) came to demonstrate the 30,000 odd Turks against allied occupation, the War of Independence begun, destructing the area this then quaint port town. The land today witnessed the development of high-rise buildings, much contemporary to what was.
Nestled amidst azure waters of the Black Sea, Samsun may appear like an apt architecture model, of perfectly symmetrical structures, balanced network of roads and just the right amount of foliage. All this together is one reason why this also Turkey’s most populated city. This further explains to the amazing food trends here. Scrumptiously healthy nuts, molasses, pide – a traditional Turkish bread stuffed with cheese and other fillings, and of course, connoisseurs and food enthusiasts complete the culinary scene of this Turkish marvel!
Essential travel information and Samsun tips for your visit
- Time Zone: Eastern European Time Zone; UTC +2,+3
- Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
- Electricity and Internet: The voltage is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.
- Languages: Abaza, Albanian, Gheg and Kabardian languages are widely spoken. English is understood.
- Security: Dial 112 for medical emergency/ ambulance, 110 for fire, 155 for police, 158 for coastguard, 177 for forest fires and 183 for missing child/ women's helpline.
- Tipping: Customary to leave a 10% tip in restaurants.
- Customs: Covering your head in mosques is essential along with modest clothing throughout.