Travelling through the Demirkapı-Ballıköy road

Demirkapı-Ballıköy road is a high mountain drive located on the border of Trabzon and Rize Provinces on the eastern Black Sea, in northeast Turkey. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

Demirkapı-Ballıköy road

The road is totally unpaved and steep, with very narrow parts. 4x4 vehicle required. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. The drive is rather remote. It tops out at 2.927m (9,603ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

The road is 19.1 km (11.86 miles) long, running west-east from Demirkapı, one of the most remote mountain towns of Trabzon province, towards Ballıköy, a mountain village in Rize Province.
Pic: İlker Uzun