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City Guide : Samsun

Samsun is the largest city on the Black Sea coast with an area of 9.579 km². The city named as Amisos in the Ancient Era is the commercial port of the region. All trade goods of this part of Anatolia are exported from Samsun to the other locations. The Big Commander Mustafa Kemal Ataturk initiated the independence war from the city by treading on the land of Samsun in 19 May 1919.

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Having a great range of lakes, streams, rivers, plateaus, forests and being open to sea, sun and sand, Samsun is located between Kizilirmak and Yesilirmak Deltas and is a center of agriculture. The city stands as a natural heaven.

    In addition to natural beauties, the historical and cultural artifacts bring in a high tourism potential to the city. The city to be a transition route and the modern highways, railways and the airport connecting the city to the outside world redoubles the affinity of the city.

    The existed charmed archaic cities form the basic historical treasure of the city. Dundartepe is situated at the 3 km southeast of the city. There are artifacts from Calcholitic, Old Bronze and Hitit ages within this location. Tekkekoy, Ikiztepe, Kaledoroglu, Lerdurge and more are the other archaic cities in Sivas. You will witness the history when traveling these places.

    Museums compose another fragment of the city's historical and cultural heritage. Gazi (Veteran) Museum and Archeology and Ethnography Museum are the main museums being available at the city. The Ataturk Monument at the center and Ilk Adim Monument at Samsun Port are the important works for the city. While the first symbolizes the Independence War the second represents solidarity.

    The covered bazaars of the city are attractive. Tashan built at the end of 17th century and Fazil Ahmet Pasha placed at Vezirkopru District are the most prominent ones.   

    Ladik-Hamamayagi and Havza Thermal Springs are examples from the natural beauties of the city. These hot springs being effective for the treatment of different kinds of diseases such as neuralgia, rheumatism, nervous exhaustion, and arthritis are splendid brilliants.

  • Culture & Entertainment

    Baglama (a musical instrument with three double strings played with a plectrum) and fiddle are the main music instruments of the authentic folk music of the city culture.

    Although the improvements in technology hinders the development of handicrafts the business of exercising handicraft has achieved to survive. Kilim, carpet, cloth handloom, oya (a kind of embroidery), shoe making, copper working, xylography and more are the products of local culture.

    The beaches from Yatakent to Terme are suitable for sea bathing.

    Ladik and Akdag Plateaus, Vezir and Kunduz Mountains and the places near Altinkaya Dam Lake are eligible for trooping, water sports, angling, motor excursion, camping and grass skiing. You should not leave the city without experiencing nature activities.
  • Food & Drink

    Haricot bean, corn and cabbage turn out as the fabrics of the city cuisine. Meat, rice and pastries are more prevalent. Poultry is also significant for culinary culture of Samsun. Madimak, Munuk and Lorgon are the plants giving a different taste to the authentic soups.

    Kaz yufkasi (goose), yer pancari, corn soup, keskek, kale soup, anchovy bread and dish are the main local foods of the city.

    You should eat Samsun pita and roasted pickle at the restaurants in Kurupelit.

    You should not forget to taste pikes of Ladik Lake.
  • Shopping

    Ciftlik, Mecidiye, Foreigner's Bazaar are alternatives for shopping in the city. You can buy authentic clothes, handicrafts and more from these places. Also, The villages at the Hafza district and the mountain villages are proper places for hand looms and popular local dresses.
Route Map: Vienna – Samsun Flight

Alternative Vacation In Samsun

City of Ataturk, Samsun stands out for its luxuriant vegetation and long gold coast under a Black Sea sky. It’s possible to find every hue of nature in this region enriched by the fertile Yeşilırmak and Kızılırmak deltas. A 23-kilometer-long beach crowns the city, in an area where lakes large and small and mountain ranges receding into the distance create pure natural beauty. Seeing this crystal clear landscape is an experience like no other, especially in spring when the forests are given a new lease on life by the Black Sea rains.

The Kocadağ Hike organized every June is also a vibrant scene of many different events. If you’re an inveterate winter skier, head for Akdağ. At the summit of this peak in the Samsun township of Ladik, Akdağ Winter Sports and Ski Center between Uzunyazı Tepesi at 1788 meters and Yemişen Tepe at 404 meters welcomes sports buffs with its long, wide, sloping pistes. Akdağ is also an alternative itinerary for magnificent snow-covered landscapes as well as photo safaris and climbing. Its natural grass expanses host grass skiing competitions in summer.

Covering part of the Ladik Plain, Lake Ladik is one of the Black Sea’s rising stars with its natural beauty and local entertainments. Attracting wide interest among nature photographers for its floating turf islands and the many bird species to which it is home, the lake is also famous for its sailboat races. Water skiing and wind surfing are some of the other activities available on the lake. Meanwhile Samsun city center boasts alternative travel offerings as well. You can go cable skiing in the harbor’s cool waters, or set sail on the open sea in a laser-class sailboat. And if you happen to be in Samsun on May 19, anniversary of the day Mustafa Kemal Ataturk landed in the city in 1919, we recommend that you take in the annual offshore races.

DON’T MISS IN SAMSUN
● Shopping at the Yabancılar Pazarı (Foreigners’ Market)
● A phaeton tour on the coast road
● Taking the cable car up to the Baruthane Tumuli (Archaeological Park)
● Visiting the Kızılırmak Delta and Geleriç Flooded Forest, where more than 300 species of birds have been sighted
● Seeing the wax sculptures on the SS Bandırma, which brought Ataturk to the city

SAMSUN’S FAMOUS PIDE
Its famous pide (flat bread with topping or filling) is the first thing that springs to mind at the mention of Samsun. If you prefer the closed variety, go to Bafra, for the open variety try Terme. Bafra ‘nokulu’ and crispy Samsun simits are some of the other treats you can try.

GETTING THERE
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Samsun-Istanbul flights daily.
For flight times: www.turkishairlines.com

Ticket Sales Offices : Samsun

LAMİRJEN TURİZM BAFRA G.S.A.
Address HACINABİ MAH. 19 MAYIS CAD. NO:3 BAFRA SAMSUN
Phone 0 362 543 15 00
Fax 0 362 543 83 00
Telex
E-Mail yaseminsens55@hotmail.com
Work Hours  
Samsun Airport Sales Office
Address CARSAMBA HAVAALANI SAMSUN
Phone 0 362 844 82 00
Fax 0 362 844 88 25
Telex
E-Mail samsunsatis@thy.com
Work Hours

24 hours

  • Samsun : Airport Information

    Carsamba Airport

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    Phone : +90 362 844 88 30-44 (15 hat)
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Samsun Hotels
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Area : 9.579 km²
Population : 1.209.137 (2000)
Monetary Unit : Turkish Lira
Phone Code : +90 362
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