Tokat is located in north-central Turkey along a tributary of the Yeşil River. Surrounded by orchards and gardens, Tokat lies on a plain beneath steep hills crowned by a ruined citadel, often identified as the ancient fortress Dazimon. Tokat stands near the site of ancient Comana of Pontus, one of the most important cities of the Pontus district during the Roman period. Tokat rose to prominence after Comana’s decline in Byzantine times. During the 11th–13th century, it was an important city of a Turkmen principality and later of the Seljuq Turks. It was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in about 1392. Noteworthy among its landmarks, mainly from the Seljuq period, are the blue-tiled Gök (Blue) Medrese, a 13th-century Islamic religious school that houses the local museum, and the Halef Gazi Tekkesi monastery, dating from about 1290. For food, we do recommend Marmara Sahil Cafe~Bistro serving great smoothies and tasty pasta near Taş Hıdırlık bridge (Fettuccine Alfredo – 55 TRY, Beef fajitas – 90 TRY, Lemonade – 22 TRY, Cakes – 35 TRY, Smoothie – 35 TRY).

Parking location – Tokat: 40.329299N 36.558502E (🚻 – 24/7 at Shell, great car wash – 10 TRY)