Day 31: Hamsikoy

From Şebinkarahisar to Hamsikoy

From Sebinkarahisar to Hamsikoy was about 3 long hour drive. Before Hamsikoy we stopped at the town of Torul for a coffee stop. The stop was at a Teras with a bird eye view of Torul.

Route to Hamsikoy

Route to Hamsikoy

The route to Hamsikoy was very scenic, at times we could not help ourselves but stopped our car by the roadside and came out to enjoy the view. The snow mountain far away was so majestic, so lovely and so stunning.

Enroute to Hamsikoy

Enroute to Hamsikoy

After an hour of driving we made a quick stop for tea. A short stop was definitely refreshing. Everywhere we went we met very friendly people, some stops did not even want us to pay for our tea!

A impromptu tea stop enroute to Hamsikoy

A impromptu tea stop enroute to Hamsikoy

Torul

We did not enter Torul town but drove up to Torul Cam Teras. The Teras was at a high plane, there was a huge carpark and a couple of buildings housing restaurant, cafe and a glass terrace.

Torul Cam Teras

Torul Cam Teras

We did not see the need to go up to the glass terrace at Torul Cam Teras as the view were equally impressive at other view points.

View of Torul town from Torul Cam Teras

View of Torul town from Torul Cam Teras

Hamsikoy

From Torul to Hamsikoy was a 40 minutes drive. Hamsikoy was a beautiful place, it looked like one of the scenic mountain villages in Switzerland! The town was not very big and we walked from one end to the other.  The valley was so beautiful that we were contented just to find a place to sit down and stared into it.

We selected a cafe which had a great view of the valley to have our tea. Besides tea we ordered a high recomended local delights. The desert was call sütlaç, a sweetened rice pudding with crushed hazel nut topping.

Hamiskoy

Hamiskoy

In the Black Sea Region of Trabzon, sütlaç was made with a rare and special milk known as Hamsiköy milk. The Hamsiköy cows which produced the milk had a unique habitat on top of the mountains of the Trabzon region. Wild flowers grew here in the mountain meadows and were eaten by the cows in their pastures. The addition of these wild flowers into the cows’ diets imparted an extremely unique flavour on the milk they produced.

Hamsikoy

Hamsikoy

Though it was low tourist season, the restaurants were opened and getting dinner was easy. Dinner cost us 275lr (8 Eur).

Dinner at Hamsikoy

Dinner at Hamsikoy

We bought some local honeu at Honey House sited just at the start of the village/town. The owners of Honey House was an elderly couple who lets us tasted the different type of local honey. In the end we bought several bottles honey for home.

Honey House at Hamsikoy

Honey House at Hamsikoy

 

Our stay in Hamiskoy

We stayed in Alya Teras Hotel, we booked it from booking.com. Contrary to the “not so good” reviews on Booking.com, Alya Teras Hotel was great. It was recently renovated so everything was new and clean. The hotel was on a hill so it had a fantastic view of the valley.

Hotel with a fantastic view

Hotel with a fantastic view

Our double room was large, clean and spacious. It had an ensuit toilet and the view from our balcony was stunning.

Our room at Alya Teras Hotel

Our room at Alya Teras Hotel

Our room had full length glass window with a lovely view of the valley. The cost of our room for a night with breakfast for two was Eur59.

View from our room at Alya Teras Hotel

View from our room at Alya Teras Hotel

Other Accommodation in Hamsikoy

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