Located on the Black Sea, the town of Amasra is a beautiful, mesmerizing corner of nature that is rooted in the historic culture of the Black Sea Region
In Turkey's Black Sea region, small and quaint towns beckon travelers seeking a peaceful oasis inside historic vacation homes surrounded by well-preserved ancient architecture, friendly locals and a calm, blue sea and the town of Amasra in Bartın province offers just that.
As the winter season approaches, holidays filled with sunshine and sparkling waters will soon be forgotten as vacationers opt for serene vacation spots that take them right to the heart of nature. One of the best ways to discover the hidden beauties and cultural richness of Turkey is by travelling to small, traditional towns like Amasra.
In this small but mesmerizing town, you will find yourself in one of the most popular seaside towns Turkey has to offer. Here, there is never an off-season when it comes to tourism, as visitors travel here year-round to discover the spectrum of colors offered in a natural, uninterrupted landscape. In summer when the sun is up, you can travel to the center of Bartın province and enjoy an exciting weekend. Then when fall comes knocking, you can discover all the colors of nature from brown to blue and, of course, green. When the first snow flurries dust Amasra's soils, the town becomes a winter wonderland offering a cozy getaway.
Compared with other coastal towns in the Black Sea region, Amasra is untouched.
What makes Bartın such a popular place is its mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets. One top recommendation for travellers is to sit at a fish restaurant and enjoying the Catch-of-the-Day caught by local fishermen. If you are an early bird, you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise and serene atmosphere in the town at dawn. For the most stunning sunsets, visit the peak of Bakacak Hill where you can sit in one of the cafes and enjoy a panoramic view of Amasra with a cup of Turkish coffee. A visit to Amasra is never complete without a climb up "Bakacak" or "Looking" Hill which got its name during the reign of Mehmed the Conqueror of the Ottoman empire, when the hill was known as the "pupil of the world" for its amazing scene.
In addition to scenic views, the historic monuments dotting the city's landscape are another reason to visit Bartın. Located just 4 kilometers away from the town of Amasra, the "Kuşkaya" or "Bird's Rock" monument, carved into the mountainside, features the figure of a now headless human believed to be the Roman Emperor Tiberius Claudius Germanicus and the headless figure of a Roman eagle, along with two ancient inscriptions carved into the mountain. The monument, which is accessible by staircase on the roadside, is one of the most historic Roman monuments in Turkey.
For the avid explorer, Amasra's Gürcüoluk Cave, located nearly 10 kilometers from the town, offers 169 meters of cave for you to explore. This underground maze is divided by stalactite columns and offers natural beauties to the more adventurous traveller. The cave is just a short drive from Amasra.
Other famous sites in Amasra include the Göldere Waterfall and Direkli Rock. The ancient ruins of the Amasra Castle can also be found here, where visitors can view what still remains of the ancient castle the ancient walls of castle, built by the Byzantinians.
The Church of Amasra was also built by this ancient civilization, erected in the ninth century as a Byzantine Church and later used by the Ottomans as a mosque.
For souvenirs, Amasra Çekiciler Bazaar should be your first destination. Here, you will find many traditional and local souvenirs in an Ottoman-era atmosphere. The most popular souvenirs among tourists are pieces of engraved wood which people love to take home to family members.
If you're wondering what to eat during your stay, fresh, locally caught fish – especially when cooked over a frying pan – is the best thing to try. As an ancient port town, Amasra offers some of the most delicious fish and, more notably, the "Amasra Salad" which is as eye-catching as it is mouth-watering. For a five-star experience, the North Door Hotel is the best place to stay in Amasra, offering a luxurious atmosphere with exclusive rooms and suites. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful sea view and service of the highest quality. The North Door Hotel also arranges private yacht tours of the Northern Black Sea bays with special promotions offered for honeymooners.
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