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View of Amasra Peninsula

Amasra is in Black Sea Turkey.

Amasra is a seaside resort on the Black Sea. It's population is normally 6,000, though this explodes in the summer to around 25,000. Most summer holiday-goers are from Istanbul or Ankara. The best time to visit may be in September, after the crowds have left.

Get in[edit]

Busses from Safranbolu take about 3 hours, and cost around 10 YTL. If you can't find any buses going directly to Amasra, you should get to Bartin, from where there are regular minibuses covering the rest of the way to Amasra.

Get around[edit]

Since Amasra is a very small town, you may promenade all the town within a few hours by walking.

See[edit][add listing]

Firstly, Amasra Museum which was once selected as the best small museum in Turkey should be visited to better understand history of the town. Direkli Kaya, an ancient lighthouse where Persian Princess Amastris swimmed, should be visited. Best view of the city could be seen in Bakacak Tepesi (Hill).You should go to Kuşkayası which is the only road monument from Roman period in Anatolia is located just a few km away from the town. While walking around walled town, you will see Kemere Bridge which connects Boztepe island to mainland of Amasra. Inside walled town, there are several historical gates decorated with Genoese coat of arms. Also, Fatih Camii, a former church that has been transformed into mosque after Amasra was conquered by Mehmet II, should be visited.

Do[edit][add listing]

There are two beaches to swim in the town center, namely Büyük Liman (Big Harbour) and Kücük Liman (Small Harbour). Taking a short boat tour around Amasra, starting in Büyük Liman, is another option to do.

Buy[edit][add listing]

You may buy woodwork in the historical Cekiciler Carsisi (Cekiciler Market).

Eat[edit][add listing]

Since Amasra is a seaside town, you should eat seafood and Amasra Salad consisting of several vegetables.

  • Mustafa Amca'nın Yeri, Kücük Liman.  edit
  • Cesmi Cihan Restaurant.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Traditional cold drink in Turkey is "ayran" which diluted yoghurt with some salt. However beer and wine is also available.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Balkaya Pansiyon (315 1434; Iskele Caddesi 35) has clean though small rooms. 30-80 YTL for a single incl breakfast. One of the owners, Mrs Türkan, speaks some English. Below the pansiyon is their pastry shop.
  • Yağmur Pansiyon, Kaleiçı Camiönssok No. 6. Tel: 0378 315 1603, Cell: 0532 771718. 2 bedroom apartments with a living room and modern kitchen and bathroom, and has stunning views of the Black Sea (the higher the floor the better). It easily sleeps 4, and may come with a crib. Expect to pay 100 YTL a day during the summer, though this may fall as low as 30 during the off season. An excellent bargain for groups of people. During the off season, the owner's son, Cumhur, may be able to show you around the town. The pansiyon is up a small side street, near the island conencted by a bridge.

Get out[edit]

Going south, catch a dolmus to Bartin (5TL, 30min), there you can connect to Safranbolu & Karabük, Kastamonu etc.

There is a 10.30am bus to Cide (17 TL, takes about 2h, leaves sometimes already 15 min earlier than scheduled!), starting in front of Amasra's main post office (ptt). Arriving in Cide around 12.15pm, you can connect with a 2pm Dolmus to Inebolu via Doganyurt (20TL, around 3h, arriving at about 5.15pm in Inebolu). Inebolu has several services to Kastamonu (at noon by S.S. Karadeniz dolmus (max. 2h, 12 TL) and bus at 2.15pm and probably at least one more later). The next day you can travel from Inebolu to Sinop: 2.15pm with changing in Kastamonu, takes probably at least 7h; at 3.15pm there is direct service by Ulusoy bus company along the coast road (150 km, probably at least 5h). (All information from mid May 2016).

Routes through Amasra
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