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Having lived in the region between dates 5000 and 3500 B.C., Kaskians were the first of the civilizations that proved their existence there. Hittites, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Miletus has also ruled the region. The city, which was passed into the hands of the Persians and was used as a settlement for many years, later became the home of Alexander the Great and after the death of Alexander, it changed hands again. After the Byzantine reign, the city was ruled by the Seljuks, the Pontus Greek Empire and finally the Ottoman Empire. Amisos Hill and Kakanca Tumulus in Amisos Ancient City are the first settlements in the city. You can see two tumulus and various tomb remains in that region. During your visit to Tekkekoy Caves that were formed due to natural conditions in Palaeolithic era, you will see the hunting tools and various equipment.
Samsun offers different excitements to its guests with its natural beauties as well as its historical and cultural heritage. You can do any kind of nature sports at Kabaceviz Waterfalls near Tekkeköy district centre. There is a rafting track on Abdal Stream. You can visit this region daily or if you want, you can make a camp and surrender yourself to fresh air and the sound of nature. You can also prefer Sahinkaya Canyon in Bafra Cape to take part in activities such as trekking, climbing and canoeing. In addition to this, Akalan Waterfalls and Lake Ladik also offer the opportunity to witness the natural beauties of Samsun. In the city, you can also give your body a small reward with curative hot spring waters. Hamamyagi Hot Springs is a nice tourist centre where you can both surrender yourself to hot water and have a picnic.
The place where Ataturk set foot on in 1919 and started the war of independence, Samsun is famous for giving hope to country at that time. And its landmark is Ataturk Monument within the Government Office. Located on Ataturk Boulevard, First Step Monument symbolizes the war of independence and solidarity. Statues next to the monument glorifies the trust in youth of the country. The hotel in which Ataturk had stayed during that period has been opened to visit under the name of Gazi Museum. It’s possible to see Ataturk’s stuff and wax sculptures of his fellow fighters in the museum. Bandirma Ship Museum, on the other hand, features a reconstructed model of Bandirma Ship based on its true sizes. If you visit the museum, you can see Ataturk’s workroom with his antique belongings. It’s hard to climb to the ship but it’s worth to do so because of what it will make you feel.
Located at the heart of Black Sea, the largest city of the region, Samsun is known to be the city of Ataturk where the first sparks of war of independence were laid. Samsun features cultivated areas and natural beauties of Black Sea with its gorgeous location where Yesilirmak and Kizilirmak rivers fall into. Tastes specific to the city had made Samsun one of the important spots for culinary tourism. If you are travelling to Samsun that is popular for especially its Bafra flat breads, you can have a little feast with Turkish bagels, doner kebab, fish and sea products specific to Black Sea. It’s possible to access Samsun via bus and train by highway or flights by air! Affordability of accommodation and food&beverage prices compared to other cities makes Samsun a very attractive holiday destination.
Ladik Akdag Ski Centre, located in Akdag which is 75 km to Samsun, offers a different experience for those who want to visit the city during the winter months. Especially for those who are interested in ski tourism but who always go to the same holiday centres on the same tracks, here is perfect. The centre has an altitude of 1800 meters. Ladik Akdag Ski Centre will provide you with the pleasure of doing sports along the unique view of Black Sea with safe ski tracks, comfortable accommodation options and food & beverage facilities. Samsun çok soğuk bir şehir değil ama yine de merkeze kaymak için değil de günübirlik bir gezi için gideceksen sıkı giyinmeni öneririz. Samsun is not a very cold city, but we still recommend you dress tight if you are going to the centre for a one day-trip and not with the purpose of skiing.
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