Located within the borders of Çamlıhemşin district of Rize, Zilkale is one of the most remarkable works of the region. Located in the first degree archaeological site, the castle was built on the slopes of Fırtına Creek. The purpose of the castle, which is 750 meters above sea level and 100 meters above the stream bed, is to create a natural defense line. Although the exact date of its construction is not known, Zilkale continued to be used to ensure the safety of the caravan route after the region was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. The castle, which consists of outer walls, middle walls and inner walls, offers its visitors the chance to watch a perfect view.
Visitors who follow the pathway on the outer walls reach the middle walls with the help of a terrace and enter the castle with the help of the second door. It is possible to encounter three important structures in the middle castle. These; guardhouse, chapel and head tower. Arched windows and crenellated holes on the walls show different views from every side to local and foreign tourists, almost fascinating these visitors. Zilkale, which is considered the highest castle in the region after Rize Castle, is at the top of the list of places to see in the Eastern Black Sea Region.
If you get hungry during your visit, it is also possible to taste traditional flavors in the restaurants nearby. It will be an unforgettable memory to experience delicacies such as fish, corn, muhlama, kale soup, laz pastry, pumpkin rice pudding and pepeçura against the unique view. Visitors arriving at the Çamlıhemşin crossroads after 8 kilometers past the Pazar district of Rize reach Çamlıhemşin after 22 kilometers. Afterwards, the road followed without turning to Ayder reveals Zilkale in all its glory. If you want to see the structure that fascinates with its historical features and scenery, you can have vehicles that you can move freely and comfortably with Arsima Rent A Car.