Located on the eastern coastline of the Black Sea, Rize is built on a mountainside covered with tea shrubs that look like puffy emerald pillows. It is like an otherworldly natural beauty where you can climb up to the forests from the fields of flavourful tea shrubs and then lie in the lush grass of mesmerizing plateaus near the mountaintops. It is a city whose glacier lakes, waterfalls and hot springs will refresh the body and the mind. A splendid panorama of the whole city can be seen from Ziraat Park. As enjoying this beautiful scene with a well-brewed tea, you would most probably want to visit the magnificent Genoese Castle and the 16th century İslampaşa Kurşunlu Mosque. Turning inland after Ardeşen and off the road going east from Rize, visitors come to the beautiful little county of Çamlıhemşin. Nearby is the Fırtına Vadisi (Storm Valley) that is ideal for canoeing, the beautiful Zil Castle (Kale-i Zir) and an old stone bridge.