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Western Karadeniz

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Western Karadeniz

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Western Karadeniz (Turkish: Batı Karadeniz) is a region in Black Sea Turkey.



  • Akçakoca — coastal town with a Genoese citadel
  • Amasra — a beautiful seaside resort town with a nice beach, pleasant vistas, and great fish restaurants
  • Bolu
  • Boyabat
  • Kastamonu — a riverside city with a pleasant historic old town
  • Karadeniz Ereğli - an ancient city with Ottoman and Greek ruins
  • Safranbolu — a town noted for its preserved whitewashed Ottoman architecture and streetscape. Also a World Heritage site.
  • Sinop — an ancient fortress and port city on the northernmost tip of Anatolia
  • Zonguldak — a bleak industrial city surrounded by coal mines

Other destinations[edit]

  • Ilgaz National Park — wintersport resort surrounded by lush spruce forests and beautiful vistas


Despite being nearer to the main population centres (such as Istanbul or Ankara) of the country than central and eastern parts of the Black Sea coast, this region is remote, largely due to lack of an airport or major highways.

Western Karadeniz is bordered by Marmara Region to west, Central Anatolia to south, and Central Karadeniz to east. To the north, it's bounded by a long coastline of Black Sea.

In ancient times, the region was known as Paphlagonia.


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It's fairly easy to get in the westernmost sections of the region (around Düzce and Bolu) as they lie on the main motorway between Istanbul and Ankara (O-4/E80), the biggest Turkish cities. Getting into most other parts of the coastline involves quitting this motorway at Düzce and then heading for north to Akçakoca, where the highway meets the coastal road.

Buses to cities and some towns of the region from big cities of the country can be found.

Only Zonguldak (and a number of other towns —most notably Karabük— on the way) in the region has a rail connection with the rest of the country. But this shouldn't be taken to mean that it has lots of connections—it's served by a single daily train from Ankara.

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