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Amasra is one of the most beautiful towns along the Black Sea coast poised on a peninsula split by two inlets. The site was first settled in the 12th century B.C. and named after the Persian Princess Amastris. After you leave Ankara and drive towards Bartın you will be accompanied, to one side, by a beautiful mountain panorama that marches along the road for miles. The northeast road will lead you to Amasra. There are two routes. One goes via Gerede-Mengen-Devrek and Bartın. The other is via Gerede-Karabük and Safranbolu. Because the coastal roads to the east and west are not well maintained, Amasra gets only a moderate number of summer visitors, keeping it pleasant and relatively undeveloped.
This cozy holiday district also has two islands, one of which is rowing distance in a small boat, while the other is connected to the main-land with a Roman vault used as a bridge.

There are various activities you can enjoy while in Amasra. First of all, you can rent a boat and explore the coastal environs. You can climb to the summit of the Rabbit Island where a population of gray, black and white rabbits, hop around the caves and enjoy the view of Amasra from the sea. Among the other sites are Fatih mosque - which was previously a church - the hamam and the theater. Remnants of Amasra's long and interesting history are displayed in the Amasra Museum. You can purchase hand-carved wood souvenirs on Çekiciler Street. Check of the toy helicopters fashioned from nutshells, the ships from seashells, and other curiosities from fish bones. Local craftsmen produce a "wish table" in the shape of a heart with a turtle model on for export to Italy. It is also a fisherman district and has several good fish restaurants with local produce. Canlı Balık and Çeşm-i Cihan are the most famous ones. Don't miss the fried mussels and salad.

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 İnebolu has steep mountainsides and offers a spectacular panoramic view. The eastern Amasra enjoys a reputation for good swimming besides Çakraz and Bozköy and Akkonak offer the best beaches.

Hotels and pensions are neat and cozy however the climate is a bit cool and bring something heavy with you

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  • Copyright: Gurkan Akcakir (izmirli) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2746 W: 0 N: 428] (3989)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-07-26
  • Categories: Vervoer
  • Belichting: f/4.9
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-07-31 7:28
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