After finishing a plate of fresh pan fried anchovies (hamsi) in Perşembe, I sat back in my chair admiring the beautiful scenery. That’s when I noticed the flag pole sitting on top of the hill directly behind the town. I sat wondering if the flag pole was just a way for the town to display their patriotism, or was it something more? I decided that it had to be part of a park or a lookout point. I asked one of the waiters, and he confirmed my guess that there was a park though he had never been there nor did he know how to get there. I decided to check it out. I glanced at my watch and notice that I had some time, time for an adventure.
In the center of the town I found a city map posted on a billboard where I discovered that the park was called, Kordon Tepesi (Cord Hill). The sign as expected was not much help for giving directions to the top, but I figured that it would be easy enough. I would just keep going uphill and eventually I would get there. The streets of the town were quite steep and narrow, and found myself wandering back and forth trying to find a road to take me directly to the top. Soon I realized that I wouldn’t ever get there this way, besides the hillside was just too steep for a road. I knew the only other way was to get there was from the backside of the hill. I rode back to the center of the town and looked for a road that looked like it was heading out of town. In my experience I have found that these roads are usually the paved ones instead of cobble stone. Another clue I use to finding the main roads is to look for the local public transportation buses, dolmuş, heading towards the villages. Immediately I found my road and started heading up the hill and away from the town.
After leaving the town the road’s quality deteriorated quickly. Not only was the road quite steep but the road surface became a mixture of gravel and paved stone. It’s not particularly difficult to ride on, but with the budget suspension of my bike it is rather bumpy. After a few kilometres, I was surprised and relieved to find a sign pointing towards Kordon Tepesi. The access road was a dirt road, but compared to the cobble stone a lot more smooth. The road ends after about a kilometre or two with a parking lot and a large sign welcoming visitors to Kordon Tepesi.
The park is relatively small, but the local government has installed about a half dozen permanent picnic tables and a nice pathway down to the lookout point. Like many of the other lookout points on the Black Sea, Kordon Tepesi provides a spectacular view of the Black Sea and the city below. It is relaxing to watch the fishing boats busily coming and going from the harbour. The park is nestled in the trees and it is a great place to rest from your travels and take in the scenery. I suggest grabbing a lunch or snack in town and heading up to the park for relaxing and peaceful experience.