Best Things To Do in Trabzon, Turkey

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  • Hagia Sophia: A magnificent Byzantine church, probably the most significant place to see in the city of Trabzon.
  • Ataturk Kosku: A villa built by a local Greek merchant in 1890, which now serves as a memory to the founder and the First president of the country.
  • Trabzon Castle: The city’s castle which is now mostly in ruins and is a part of the military base.
  • Sumela Monastery: Another significant sightseeing place is the ancient SumelaMonastery which is located in the Trabzon province, about 50 kilometres towards the south of the city. Travel guides are also available to give a detailed tour of the monastery.
  • Trabzon Museum: A museum housing an impressive collection from the Byzantine period.
  • Trabzon's Bazaar District: The city’s famous market area offering a wide range of shopping options.
  • Hidirnebi Plateau(HidirnebiYaylasi): A picturesque natural beauty at an altitude of 1200 metres, about 30-40 kms drive from Trabzon. Vehicles with tour guides are available to visit the place. Add this place to your itineraries while on a visit to Trabzon.

If you have any queries relating to your trip planners and the information about the city, visit the tourist information centre located on the Ataturk Alani square.

Below we have a list of things to do in Trabzon and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Trabzon getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Trabzon with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Trabzon

Here is the list of things to do in Trabzon and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Sumela Monastery

    4 (1473 Votes)
    Sumela Monastery

    Historical Site, Monastery

    This is a Greek Orthodox Monastery that is situated on top of the Mela Mountain. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is also a part of the Altindere National Park and thus a place of historic and cultural importance. It was founded in 836 AD during the rule of Theodosius I and has been renovated several times since then. The main features of the church and monastery are the Rock Church, chapels,...Read more
  2. Boztepe

    Hill, Fountain

    Also known as Mt. Minthrion, Boztepe is a hill near the city from where you get a fantastic view of the sunset. The Degirmendere Valley lies on the west of this hill and the hill is majorly covered by the Kaymakli Quarter. There are 4 holy fountains on the hill: St. John the Sanctifier: This one is near the summit and is also the spot for a mosque that was a former 19th century church. It...Read more
  3. Ataturk's Villa

    4.5 (952 Votes)
    Ataturk's Villa


    This is a villa that was built for the most important man of the city. Ataturk is said to be the famous for getting Turks a number of freedoms and rights. It is a 3 storey house with fabulous interiors with marble and a milk white exterior. The entrance is decorated with a lovely rose garden and the gardens inside are also equally beautiful. It is a good place to rest on a sunny afternoon. 
  4. Trabzon Museum

    4.3 (1344 Votes)
    Trabzon Museum

    Museum, Educational Site

    Also known as the Kostaki Mansion, it is a typical house museum that mainly conserves archeological and ethnographic exhibits. This place was used as the Turkish headquarters during the war. Before that it was built in the 20th century for a wealthy Greek banker named KostakiTeophylaktos and was later taken away from him as he went bankrupt. The main features of the museum are: Archeological S...Read more
  5. Forum Trabzon

    4.2 (1188 Votes)
    Forum Trabzon

    Landmark, Mall, Shopping Center

    This is a very big shopping mall with a number of shops and a couple of restaurants too. There are not as many shops as you would expect though and the prices are on the higher side. Nonetheless, the people are very friendly and it is a very important landmark in the city. The Degermendere Valley in which it is situated is one of the most beautiful parts of the city so you should keep quite a f...Read more
  6. St. Anne's Church

    3.6 (1304 Votes)
    St. Anne's Church

    Church, Historical Site

    This is one of the oldest churches in the city built probably around the 6th and 7th centuries. An inscription here states that St. Anne was restored here during the joint reigns of Basil I, Leo VI and Alexander during the 9th century. It is very sad to know that the church has been completely closed down now and the only remnant to be found is the relief structure on the outer walls. It is a f...Read more
  7. Altindere Vadisi National Park

    National Park, Nature

    This is the most popular park in the Black Sea Region which lies on the western part of Trobzon. Besides the rich range of flora and fauna, the Sumela Monastery is an important attraction that is a part of this park. The main species of flora are the Eastern Spruce Tree, Fir Trees, Scotch Pine, chestnut, oak, lime tree, willow, black pine, Caucasian honey suckle, forest rose and others. The fau...Read more
  8. Castle Of Trabzon

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    Castle Of Trabzon

    Castle, Historical Site, Fort

    This castle is situated in the Northwest of Turkey and dates back to the Byzantine Era when it was built with stone. The 3 parts of this fort are Upper level known as Yukari Hisar The Middle Level known as OrtaHisar Lower Level as the Osagi Hisar. Most of the walls of this fortress are still standing strong resembling the might of the monument though the charm is lost. It is one of the oldest...Read more
  9. Gulbahar Hatun Tomb And Mosque

    Mosque, Architecture , Tomb

    This is a typical mosque and also the tomb of Gulbahar Hatun who was the wife of Bayezid II and the mother of Sultan Selim I. It is a beautifully decorated mosque and the highlight is the big carpet. It is inspired from the designs of Islamic Prayer mats. Here you will find a number of children sitting and taking lessons in religious studies. It is such a blissful site and also a peaceful place...Read more
  10. Meydan Hamami

    3.6 (1249 Votes)
    Meydan Hamami


    This is a spa and wellness centre with a nice sauna bath facility. The place is very clean and well decorated and the staff is very friendly too. The masseurs are professionals and have good hands. Everything is quite ordinary here but you should still definitely visit for a relaxing bath.  
  11. Kaymakli Monastery

    3.9 (1287 Votes)
    Kaymakli Monastery

    Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Monastery

    This is a ruined Armenian- Apostolic monastery near the city and the Boztepe hill. It was built in the 15th century and original included a church, a bell tower and a chapel. This church is built on top of the hill and overlooks the beautiful Degirmendere Valley and the river that flows here. The original church had 3 naves and apses out of which the main apse was a lovely pentagonal shape. The...Read more
  12. Uzungol Lake

    4.3 (619 Votes)
    Uzungol Lake

    Lake, Nature

    Uzungol (meaning “Long Lake” in English) is the 2nd most popular excursion out of Trabzon after Sumela. It is also the name of the village on the Lake’s coast. This was formed by a landslide that later turned into a stream bed and then a natural dam in the valley of Haldizen Stream. The main reason for this place to turn into a very popular tourist attraction is its natural be...Read more
  13. Sekiz Direkli

    4.1 (1082 Votes)
    Sekiz Direkli


    This is the best Hamami (spa and wellness centre) in the city. It has a perfect Turkish interior with an old world charm. The staff is friendly yet professional. An experience here is very energizing and refreshing.
  14. Kustul Monastery

    4.2 (869 Votes)
    Kustul Monastery

    Historical Site, Monastery

    This monastery is located near the Simsirli Village, south east of Trabzon. It was built by Greek monks in the 8th century BC and was later restored in 1906 after a fire ravaged it in 1904. The Greek name of the Monastery is Saint George Peristereotas. It is said that once it so happened that three monks were carrying the statue of St. George and a flock of pigeons guided them till this point w...Read more
  15. Akcakale Castle

    4 (659 Votes)
    Akcakale Castle

    Ancient Ruin, Castle, Historical Site

    Akcaabat is a beautiful peninsular area known for the tribes that live there and their unique dance form. As you go further, you find the ruins of a 13th century Byzantine castle also known as the Akcakale Castle. This place is more famous for its yummy ‘meatballs’ and other small eateries and restaurants. What remains of this yesteryear castle is just a half- broken bell tower and ...Read more

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  • what are kids ( 8 and 6 years) activities in or near Trabzon in winter (end of Feb)

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    • Hi,

      Here is a list of some things to do in Trabzon with kids:

      • Trabzon Ataturk Kosku - a 19th-century mansion
      • Forum Trabzon - this place has a kids club 3
      • Boztepe
      • Zagnos Vadisi - a park with a lot of things to do for kids
      • Cal MagarasI - a cave with natural spring water

      Check the complete list of things to do in Trabzon 

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