Amasra, Turkey

Amasra is a small Black Sea port town in the Bartın Province, Turkey. It is located on a peninsula beneath the ramparts of a citadel built by the Byzantines. Inside the walls of the fortress is a Turkish bath and Byzantine church that is now the Fatih Mosque. Amasra's Archaeological Museum houses local artifacts from Hellenistic through Ottoman periods, including an interesting ethnographic collection.

Amasra boasts plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Off the peninsula are two islands- one rowing distance away, the other connected to the peninsula by a Roman vault used as a bridge, and both providing great views of Amasra and the old citadel. Between Bartin and Amasra are colorful caves that can be explored. The east side of town has nice sandy swimming beaches, the bay protecting bathers from the Black Sea waves.

Things to See & Do

* Citadel
* Amasra beaches
* Archaeological Museum
* Caving

General Information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – French
Population – 6,000 appox
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 33

Port Location –The port is located at the heart of the town of Amasra.

Travel Links – Buses from Safranbolu take about 3 hours, and cost around 10 YTL. If you can't find any buses going directly to Amasra, there are regular minibuses from Baratin to Amasra.

The nearest airport is located at Ankara and the nearest train station is at Zonguldak.

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