Rize, 75 km east of Trabzon, is built on a mountain slope and covered with tea bushes which look like puffy green pillows. Be sure to see this typical Black Sea city’s 16th – century Islam Pasha Mosque and the remains of a Genoese castle. From Ziraat Park you can take in a splendid panorama of the whole area. A lightweight summer cloth of good quality and printed with colorful patterns comes from the Rize area.
During the Summer Tea festival you can purchase the best blend of Black Sea tea. East and west of Rize; Cayeli, Pazar, Ardesen, Of and Findikli all enjoy a sub tropical climate, lush green settings and traditional chalets. The Camburnu coast is covered with golden pine trees: many species of migrating birds land here, and it is a lovely area for resting and picture taking.