Artvin (Armenian: Արդվին, Ardvin; Georgian: ართვინი, Artvini) is a city in northeastern Turkey about 30 km inland from the Black Sea. The region borders with Georgia and has a border gate (Sarp/Sarpi) to Georgia.
Sarp (Sarpi) border pass can be used to reach Artvin from Georgia. After following the coast until Hopa, the road to the south passes through Borçka to reach the city.
From the city center there are minibusses and taxis to various locations in the region.
Artvin is a mountainous region covered with dense forests that offers a beutiful scenery. Even there is not much to see in the city, the region has many national parks, rivers, lakes and valleys worth seeing.
A Bull Fighting festival is organised in Kafkasör (a highland around 10 kms away from the city) in mid-summer.
Borçka Karagöl National Park can be reached from Borçka (a town located on the main road between Artvin and Hopa).
Karagöl Sahara National Park is another, more famous lake in the region located in Şavşat.
Both national parks have facilities and it is possible to camp for 25 TRY per tent, provided that you have your own camping equipment.