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Amasra Cruise Port

The port town of Amasra lies within the Bartin Province of Turkey on the Black Sea. The town consists of two islands; a larger one named Büyük ada, or Great Island, and a smaller one named Tavşan adasi, which translates to Rabbit Island. Amasra is a popular holiday destination, especially amongst Turks living in the major cities of Istanbul and Ankara, due to its dramatic scenery and pristine sandy beaches. The town is also a key transport link to the nearby city of Safranbolu, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its ancient Ottoman architecture. Amasra boasts both a stunning natural landscape and significant architectural heritage.

Sightseeing in Amasra

Amasra's coastline is one of the town's main attractions and visitors can take part in a wide range of activities along the beaches. Tourists can go swimming or fishing at the ports or take a stroll along the beaches and watch the spectacular sunset over the Black Sea. Travellers should also try to visit the smaller Rabbit Island whilst in Amasra, so called due its population of black rabbits. The old town on the mainland of Amasra is home to an abundance of ancient structures and fantastic examples of the region's architectural heritage. Essential sight-seeing opportunities in Amasra include:

Amasra Castle

Originally built during the Roman era, Amasra Castle has been renovated and improved over the centuries by several different cultures. The castle walls were erected by the Byzantine people, while the gates were installed by the Genoese. The castle's various historic architectural influences make it one of the region's most unique structures.

Amasra Museum

The museum of Amasra was once awarded the title of best small museum in Turkey. The museum houses a selections statues and artefact celebrating the town's rich culture and heritage. Affordable entry and range of fascinating display from the Roman, Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman eras make Amasra Museum very popular with visitors to the town.

Bird's Rock Road Monument

Known locally as Kuşkayasi Monument, this landmark was commissioned and constructed during the 1st century by Governer Julius Aquila to honour the Roman Emperor of the time, Tiberius Claudius Germanicus. The roadside monument original incorporated a water fountain, but this no longer exists.

Shopping in Amasra

A great place to find traditional souvenirs is the town's Cekiciler Bazaar. This is Asamra's main bazaar and sells a variety of authentic local arts and crafts, where visitors can find the perfect gift or memento. The town is brimming with bazaars and marketplaces selling all kinds of local produce and souvenirs. Haggling is an essential part of the shopping experience around Amasra, so tourists can often find themselves a bargain by driving the price down.

Eating out in Amasra

Amasra is brimming with local delicacies and dishes served in restaurants and at market stalls across the town. Seafood is a popular option around town as well as a variety of tasty sauces and appetising salads made with fresh local ingredients. The town also has a range of western cuisine available for tourists looking for a more familiar meal.

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