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AMASRA

One of the most beautiful towns on the Black Sea coast, was called Sesamos in ancient times, when it was founded by the Miletians in the sixth century B.C. it stands on a peninsula split by two inlets. The eastern side enjoys a reputation for good swimming. On the rocky promontry rise the ramparts of the Byzantine citadel, inside of which is an old church, now the Fatih Mosque. The necropolis dates from the Roman period. Remnants from Amasra’s entire history are displayed in the Archaeology Museum. You can purchase a handcarved wood souvenir on Cekiciler street. Continuing eastward along the coast, you arrive at Cakraz, a typical fishing village with excellent beaches, friendly accommodations and restaurants. The winding road between Cakraz and Inebolu has steep mountainsides and offers a spectular panoramic view.

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Amasra is a pretty little town off by itself, set on a fortified promontory jutting northward into the Black Sea.

Because the coastal roads to east and west are not all that good, Amasra gets only a moderate number of summer visitors, keeping it pleasant and relatively undeveloped though the road from Ankara is quite nice thus most of its visitors are from Ankara.

You can come to Amasra for a night or two for seaside relaxation, explore the fortress, taste the delicious fish and salad and take a dip in the chilly Black Sea. 

Bus and car are the only ways to get here. Intercity buses serve Bartin, the provincial capital 16 km (10 miles) to the south, from which you take a minibus to Amasra. The nearest airport is in Ankara, the nearest train station in Zonguldak.

By the way, don't confuse the Black Sea town of Amasra with the Central Anatolian mountain town of Amasya, 130 km (81 miles) south of Samsun.

In order to go to Amasra you should take the E-5 Istanbul Road and when you arrive to Gerede (half way to İstanbul) you should turn right and follow the signs to Bartın.  In Bartın you will see the signs showing the way to Amasra.


 

Distances & Travel Times To Amasra


Ankara:

310 km (193 miles) S, 3.5 - 4 hours

Bartin:

16 km (10 miles) S, 25 minutes

Istanbul:

374 km (232 miles) W, 5 hours

Kastamonu:

197 km (122 miles) E, 4 hours

Safranbolu:

90 km (56 miles) S, 1.5 hours

Samsun:

480 km (298 miles) E, 9 hours by car

Sinop:

312 km (194 miles) E, 7 hours by car

Zonguldak:

100 km (62 miles) W, 2 hours


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