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CASAVAN operates a Motorhome hire fleet in Turkey with depots situated in Antalya and Istanbul. A CASAVAN holiday is all about fun, adventure, excitement and new experiences - meeting new people and spending time with family and friends. See the Black Sea coast on your own terms and at your own pace from the comfort of your own comfortable motorhome. Check it out here

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Çayeli - TurkeyÇayeli
Çayeli is a town and district of the Rize Province on the Black Sea coast of eastern Turkey situated 18 kilometers east of the city of Rize. Çayeli consists of a narrow coastal strip and a large section of the Black Sea Mountain range which rises steeply and runs parallel to the coast. The Rize mountain section of these mountains reach up to 2,000 meters in the district. The local economy is mainly dependent on tea-growing, as well as some sweetcorn, which prior to tea cultivation was grown in the 1940s as the major crop. The town and the cultivated area are all on the coastal strip, while the mountain areas are sparsely populated. The steepness of these mountains is legendary, and was celebrated in a song by the late Barış Manço who sang a version of the local ballad Çayelunden Öteye Ciderum Yali Yali - telling of a man so much in love that he was even prepared to move his household over the mountains of Çayeli. In these high elevations the area is a vast virgin forest with incredible scenery perfectly suited for trekkers on holiday. One such destination being only 12 kilometers away is the Agaran Waterfall which is about 100 meters in height. One of the local culinary specialties includes a dish of large, white beans known as Çayeli fasulyesi. The people are conservative, but at the same time quite hospitable and friendly.

It was part of the Roman Empire and then later the Empire of Trebizond until it was brought into the Ottoman Empire by Mehmet II in 1461. Until recently Çayeli was an impoverished remote region that saw successive generations migrate away to jobs in Turkey's larger cities or move abroad. This emmigration finally slowed when tea cultivation was introduced in the 1940s. Çay means tea in Turkish and a large percentage of Turkey's tea is currently grown in this district. Çayeli also has an underground copper and zinc mine located 18 kilometers outside of the town. The mine was opened in 1994 and expected to operate until at least 2017. It produces three types of concentrates: copper concentrate, copper and zinc bulk concentrate and zinc concentrate. These concentrates are sold to a number of international and domestic smelters and traders.


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