Samsun is situated 210 miles (338 kilometers) northeast of Ankara, the country's capital.
When it comes to getting the most from your holidays, keep in mind that Samsun is just the tip of the iceberg; Samsun is dotted with scenic delights. Bafra and Ladik are two more places worth seeing while you're in Samsun.
If you're a sports lover, you'll love seeing the Samsunspor, doing battle at Samsun 19 Mayis Stadium. Samsun 19 Mayis Stadium is in Samsun, 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Samsun. On game days follow the procession of red and white, to the stadium, then after the final siren sounds, join local soccer lovers in the nearby pubs and relive the games finest moments over a few cold beers.
Enjoy the Samsun (province) food culture by visiting the regional cafés and restaurants. Mısır çorbası (corn soup) and nokul (walnut and rose petal pastry) are some popular dishes to taste. Ask for findikli baklava (hazelnut pastry) at the conclusion of your meal. This is a popular choice for locals.
The real soul of a region resonates not just within it's monuments and mountains, but also within its words. Making the effort to practice some useful Turkish words, sayings and salutations will make your experience in Samsun all the more rewarding. "Benimle dans eder misiniz?" translates to "Would you like to dance with me?" And, knowing how to say "Nerelisin?", which translates to "Where are you from?", can really make you look good.
When the time comes to leave Samsun, spend the last of your liras on last-minute souvenirs and bid a fond Hoşçakal (farewell).