One of the most iconic tourist destinations in Ordu is Boztepe. The city of Ordu rests against the eastern slope of the mountain Boztepe, and from the summit visitors are treated to spectacular views of both the Black Sea and the entire city of Ordu. In comparison to other mountains in Ordu, Boztepe at only 450 meters, or 1440 feet, above sea level is not particularly high. However, its proximity to both the city and sea make it perfect for spot for visitors to take in all of Ordu’s natural beauty and for locals to escape from the city to rest and picnic.
In 2011, the City of Ordu constructed a cable car between the city and the top of Boztepe. The 8 person cable car gives the feeling of flying as you skirt just over the rooftops of historic ottoman houses and minarets. While making the assent up the mountain the scenery quickly changes from city to green hazelnut farms. At times you can watch farmers, some elderly women, tend their farms while being careful not to tumble down the very steep slopes. The higher the car climbs the more incredible the views become. On clear days you can even see the snow-capped mountains to the south. The entire trip is 2350 meters (1.5 miles) and takes less than 10 minutes. Once you reach the top there is plenty to do.
Boztepe is becoming more and more of a popular tourist destination. As a result new facilities are continually being built and in the next year a hotel will be finished next to the cable car station. A number of restaurants, souvenir stands, tea gardens, and picnic places are also available. Those who are ready for a “real” adventure can sign up to jump off the mountain with one of the many paragliders. Hopefully the wind will be just right and you’ll end up on the beach and not somewhere out at sea.
Riding the cable car is definitely recommended. However during the summer months, buses of tourists often create long lines and you could wait hours to get your turn to ride. The good news is that the cable car is not the only way to the top. The ride to the top is nearly just as exciting as the cable car, especially if you’re on two wheels. Other benefit for taking a motorcycle is that you won’t have any trouble at the top finding a place to park.
There are two routes to the top of Boztepe. Both start and end at the same place, but they offer different experiences. One road starts near the stadium and winds its way around the side and backside of the mountain. It is very well maintained with decent asphalt. Typically tour buses and shuttles use this route because it is not too steep. The other route, starting from the historic Taşbaşı church, is possibly the most direct to the top. More or less it winds directly up the face of the mountain. This one lane road is old and mostly paved with large stones or paving blocks. The curves are sharp and there are several areas where the road is much steeper than 10% grade. The road is more challenging especially when you meet a car coming from the other direction. The views though are worth the extra challenge. I suggest riding on both. I have found riding up the old route and down the newer road allows for more spirited riding. The new road starts from the stadium, and the old road from the Taşbaşı church.
Whether you park at the bottom and take the cable car or beat the crowds by riding up the mountain on your motorcycle, Boztepe is definitely a recommended adventure during your stay in Ordu.