Samsun City Guide
Hit the Road to Samsun
A Day in Samsun
Samsun, which is the gateway to the Eastern Black Sea Region, will welcome you with its unique nature. You can start planning your day after renting a car to visit Samsun more comfortably. You can evaluate our suggestions for your travel plan. We asked the locals of Samsun about what to eat or where to seen in Samsun. You can have a pleasant day by reading the guide we have prepared based on their answers to such questions.
Breakfast in Samsun
We recommend you to have a nice breakfast to start the day full of energy and discover the delicacies of Samsun. In addition to the usual breakfast services, you can also choose the special flavors of the city for breakfast. Flatbread, herb-filled bread, corn flour salad, cheese and walnut ravioli, poppy bread and nokul (puff pastry) are some of Samsun's local breakfast foods.
Places to Visit in Samsun
You should start your city tour from Bafra. There are two reasons for this: Akalan Waterfalls and Asar Castle. Bafra is about 50 km from the city center, but you have to go 45 km further south from the district to see the waterfalls. Consisting of 18 waterfalls, Akalan is one of the city's treasures waiting to be discovered. After enjoying this peaceful area, you can set off towards Asar Castle, which is 21 km away. The castle, which is thought to have been built in the 3rd century BC, is at a special point where Paphlagonian rock-cut tombs are also located.
A Delicious Break
If you come to Bafra, you must taste the famous pita of the district. Bafra pita is one of the flavors you can prefer for lunch. In Samsun, which is famous for its pitas, you can choose to eat roasted bean pickle or beetroot dish beside the pita.
You should start your tour in the city center from Gazi Museum. The building, formerly known as Mantika Palace, used to serve as a hotel. This hotel, where Atatürk stayed on his first visit to the city, was converted into a museum in 1940. Today, Atatürk's study room, his personal belongings and photographs shedding light on the period are exhibited in the museum.
After the museum, you can encounter the First Step Monument, which was built on the 100th anniversary of Atatürk's birth and immortalizes the moment he got off the ferry to the city. Bandırma Ferry and Honor Monument should also be on your list of places to see in the city center. You can end your tour in Samsun city center with Samsun Archeology and Ethnography Museum, where the Amisos treasure is displayed.
There are many options you can choose to relieve the tiredness of the day with delicious food. There are quite renowned venues in the city with their seafood. Roasted pickles, fish soup and halušky are some of the tastes you can choose for a good start. If you are looking for an alternative to seafood, you can also choose flavors such as goose pilaf, biryani and roasted kidney.
Nightlife in Samsun
The heart of nightlife in Samsun beats in Atakum. Many bars and nightclubs in the city are located in this area. In addition to the pleasure of live music, the venues in this region also have options that appeal to different musical tastes.