"Sumela Manastiri" Trabzon Tourist Trap Tip by maykal

Trabzon Tourist Traps: 4 reviews and 2 photos

  Sumela Manastiri
by maykal

The main tourist attraction in this area is of course Sumela Monastery...you can't come to Turkey and not see pictures of this monastery built into the impossibly steep cliffside, and in real life, the view is just as stunning as the pictures. But, to get there without your own car, you have to take a tour form Trabzon. There are lots of tours available every day, and it is also a popular destination for coach trips...the monastery inside is quite small, as restoration work limits the areas you can enter, so as a result it is very crowded. Maybe this is unfair...I had just come from Georgia, where I enjoyed being the only tourist wherever I went, and Sumela was just too crowded for me to enjoy. maybe if I had just arrived from Istanbul, it would have seemed empty. Anyway, empty or crowded, it is worth making the trip up here to enjoy the views, and you might as well go inside once you are there...just it is much better from a distance!

Unique Suggestions: Don't go on a guided tour...instead take a bus like Ulusoy early in the morning...at least then you don't have a guide and arrive early enough to escape the rush.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 13, 2003
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