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Artvin267The small provincial capital of Artvin with its population of 20,000 is located on a hill above the road linking Kars and Hopa. Artvin is a charming small town with old Ottoman houses and a spectacular setting in the Caucasus (Kafkas) mountains.  

We visited Artvin in 2003, while traveling through Eastern Turkey. Coming to Artvin from Kars, buses take the long route (4-5 hours) and drop you off at the bus station in the valley while the actual town center is on the top of the hill. You have to take a taxi to the center. 

The fresh trout at the Nazar Restaurant (İnönü Caddesi 5/B, Tel +90 (466) 212 17 09 is delicious. Accompanied by a bottle of raki and the breathtaking scenery outside makes the meal a feast both for eye and stomach.

The ride to Artvin from Kars and further onwards to Hopa and Rize offers a wonderful scenery. At Artvin, we stayed at Otel Karahan, İnönü Caddesi 16, Phone +90 (466) 212 18 00. After a stay of one night, which is really too short but weather conditions got bad, we headed on to Trabzon.


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