Kıyıköy is a town located on Eastern Thrace’s Black Sea coast (NW of Istanbul) in Turkey. It’s still known as Midye, which is derived from town’s Greek name (Medea), more than as Kıyıköy among its locals.
From Istanbul (2-2½ hr), take O-3/E80 motorway/toll-way to west, quit the motorway at ‘Çerkezköy’ exit, and follow the signs for ‘Saray’ afterwards. After arriving in Saray, signs to be followed will say ‘Kıyıköy’.
From north (Kırklareli) and west, head to Vize first, which lies around 20 km west of Kıyıköy and the starting point of other road leading to Kıyıköy.
St Nicholas Monastery (Aya Nikola Manastırı) is a quite small religious complex engraved into a rocky slope of a hill in the forest, about 15-30 minutes walk from town centre, near the bank of the stream. There are signs near the city gate, indicating the path which leads to the monastery.
Marina Cafe & Bar, (on the tip of the village/peninsula, edge of the cliffs), ☎ +90-542-586-04-72 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Cafe with a wooden open-air terrace offering a wonderful view of the sea and the fishermen wharf below and the rocky/mountainous shore ahead. Hot, soft and alcoholic drinks.Hot drinks from 1 TL.
Kastro (also known as Çamlıkoy or Kasatura Bay) on the Black Sea coast to the south (via road to Saray, watch for ‘Kastro’ signs) has streams, a verdant forest, and a golden-yellow beach with an endemic sand crocus species.
Igneada on the Black Sea coast to the north (via Vize) is a town known for its lush forests, lakes, and kilometers-long beach.