Located in the Central Black Sea region, Samsun is the largest province in the area and is divided into 17 districts. It has one of the oldest ports in the region, and the city’s past goes back to the Hittites. Since antiquity, Samsun has always been a major trading and cultural hub. In recent years, it also reached a certain level in tourism activities.
Kızılırmak River Delta and Bafra Plain, as well as Yeşilırmak River Delta and Çarşamba Plain are within the boundaries of Samsun province. Thanks to the Bird Sanctuary in Bafra district, Samsun is home to several bird species. In addition, the city has fertile lands that play host to a host of endemic plant species. Its attractions include well-preserved beaches and shores, lush green flora, and plateaus.
The city has another importance with regard to our history: Great Turkish Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk went to Samsun on May 19, 1919, and launched the War of Independence, paving the way for salvation of the Turkish nation. In 2019 and on the 100th anniversary Atatürk’s arrival in Samsun, TRT will be organizing and celebrating the 41st April 23 International Children’s Festival, with the participation of 800 children from about 41 nations, with various activities in the city of Samsun.