Things to do - general
Country Turkey
Region East Black Sea
Subregion Trabzon
 • Electoral district Artvin
 • Total 7,436 km2 (2,871 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 168,068
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0466
Vehicle registration 08
Country Turkey
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Sister cities
Georgia (country) Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Morocco Casablanca, Morocco
Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia

Languages spokenTurkish
Currency usedTurkish Liras
Area (km2)1,084.74

Sports & nature

Artvin is an attractive area of steep valleys carved by the Çoruh River system, surrounded by high mountains of Kaçkar, Karçaland Yalnızçam (up to 3900 m) and forest with much national parkland including the Karagöl-Sahara, which contains the Şavşatand Borçka lakes. The weather in Artvin is very wet and mild at the coast, and as a result is heavily forested. This greenery runs from the top all the way down to the Black Sea coast. The rain turns to snow at higher altitudes, and the peaks are very cold in winter.

The forests are home to brown bears and wolves. The Çoruh is now being dammed in 11 places for hydro-electric power, including the 249 m Deriner Dam and others at Borçka and Muratlı.

In addition to the vast majority[citation needed] ethnic Turks, the province is home to communities of Laz people and Hemshin peoples. Autochthonous Muslim Georgians form the majority in parts of Artvin Province east of the Çoruh River. Immigrant groups of Georgian origins, found scattered in Turkey are known as Chveneburi. In particular, there is a prominent community of Chveneburi Georgiansmany of them descendants of Muslim families from Georgia who migrated during the struggles between the Ottoman Turks and Russiaduring the 19th century. With such diverse peoples, Artvin has a rich variety of folk song and dance (see Arifana and Kochari for examples of folk culture).

Local industries include bee-keeping especially in Macahel region.

Artvin is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

Nightlife info

The city of Artvin has an ancient castle and a number of Ottoman period houses, mosques, and fountains.
Every June, there is a "bull-wrestling" festival in the high plateau of Kafkasör
The Parekhi monastery, a Georgian monastery
Popular places for walking and outdoor expeditions.

The Kaçkar Mountains are among the most-popular venues for trekking holidays in Turkey.
Macahel Valley on the Georgian border, is another popular location for walking holidays.
Papart forest in Şavşat
Genciyan Hill in Şavşat, overlooks the border and the Binboğa lakes.
The lakes of Şavşat and Borçka and the crater lake of Kuyruklu.
The Çoruh River is excellent for rafting and championships have been held here
There are a number of Georgian churches in the valleys of Yusufeli.
Bilbilan Yaylası - a typical Turkish high meadow.
Savangin pre-historical cave with an inscription written in an unknown or unsolved alphabet

Culture and history info

  • Zülfü Livaneli, singer and politician, born into a family from Yusufeli
  • Kazım Koyuncu, folk rock singer, guitarist and composer, born in Artvin's Black Sea town of Hopa
  • Şükriye Tutkun, folk singer
  • Mircan Kaia, singer, composer and engineer, born into a family from Borcka


In 1924, the Liva Sanjak was abolished and the Artvin Vilayet was created. Artvin Vilayet was combined with Rize to form Çoruh Vilayet with the capital at Rize. Later it was separated into Artvin Province with the districts of Ardanuç, Arhavi, Artvin, Borçka, Hopa, Murgul, Şavşat and Yusufeli.[6]

Artvin province is divided into 8 districts (capital district in bold):


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