City Life in Bartın


Location and Climate
Bartın, with a population of 193,577, is a province in the Black Sea Region, in the Western Black Sea Region. It neighbours to Kastamonu in the east, Karabük in the south, Zonguldak provinces in the west and Black Sea in the north. The climatic feature of Bartın is that it is hot and humid in summer, and most of the days are warm and rainy in winter.

It is an interesting city with its natural beauty, beaches and historical buildings. The city, which takes its name from Parthenious, which means "Magnificent flowing water" in mythology, has three districts, namely Amasra, Kurucaşile and Ulus. The 59 km long coastline of Bartın that reaches the sea with steep and forested slopes displays extraordinary beauties.

Amasra district is an important tourism center with its unique natural structure and 3000 years old historical texture. Amasra is flooded by tourists in summer and winter. Kurucaşile is one of the most important centers of wooden boat construction in our country. Various types of boats have been built in Kurucaşile, from warships to fishing boats, from cargo ships to recreational boats since the Ottoman period. Ulus is a secret paradise famous for its waterfalls and plateaus where every shade of green can be seen. Ulus, located within the borders of Küre Mountains National Park, is a natural wonder with its surrounding trees, flowers and wild animals. The city, which has a low population, is on its way to becoming a city of students. 

History of Bartın
Bartın, the former district of Zonguldak province and located in the Western Black Sea Region, became a province in 1991. Bartın, with a population of 193,577, is 270 km from the capital Ankara and 440 km from Istanbul. The history of the city, which was previously called Pathenios, dates back to the 12th century BC. The city was dominated by the Gargas tribe, Hittites, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Greeks, Persians and Macedonians. It was later invaded by the Roman Empire and Byzantium until the Turkish invasion in the 11th century AD. It was connected to Kastamonu during the Ottoman Empire period. Bartın is now a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR). Bartin is popular with its ancient ruins and wooden houses with old Turkish architectural features. The nationally famous Strawberry Festival is held in the city in the spring season. The climatic feature of Bartın is that it is hot and humid in summer, and most of the days are warm and rainy in winter.

Amasra, which brings together the steep slopes in the north of Bartın and the Black Sea, was also known as Amastris in ancient times. Amasra is built on a peninsula and two islets and has a port for small ships and a 1.5 km long sandy beach.

It is 17 km away from Bartın and can be reached within minutes by your own car or by bus. Especially tourists appreciate the beauty and beaches of the city. In addition, there is a medium size archaeological and ethnographic museum where underwater and onshore remains are exhibited. The castle in Amasra was built in the Roman period. Throughout history, it has been under the control of different civilizations such as Genoese, Byzantine, Romans, Seljuks and the Ottoman Empire.

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Inkumu, 15 km from the city center, is a tourist attraction and holiday resort with a 3 km long sandy beach and the green and blue unique beauties of the Black Sea. Behind the beach are cafes, fish restaurants, hotels, motels and bars that host thousands of visitors on hot days. Not only local tourists from neighboring cities, but also people from different parts of the country and abroad visit İnkumu for its beach and sea.

Çakraz, which is 20 minutes away from Amasra, attracts especially foreign tourists thanks to its peace and undiscovered beauty. At the same time, there is clear seawater in which the fish are visible to the naked eye. When you look at the horizon, you can see the sun in the sea.

Küre Dağları
Küre Mountains National Park is within the borders of Kastamonu and Bartın provinces and covers an area of ​​37,753 hectares. It has geographical features such as Valla Canyon and Ilgarini Cave and natural beauties such as Ilıca Waterfall. Besides, aims to conserve wild natural areas in the European PAN Parks (Protective Areas Network) is the first member from the organization in Turkey.

Although it is not possible for tourists to find accommodation within the boundaries of the Küre Mountains National Park, it is advantageous that the park area is close to Bartın city center and the surrounding small towns. The National Park is 32 km from Arıt, 37 km from Ulus, 17 km from Amasra and 55 km from Kurucaşile.

During your visit, you can come across dozens of different mammals and invertebrates, from otter to blue zebra. A visit to Küre Mountains National Park will be an amazing experience for you.

Safranbolu, located within the provincial borders of Karabük and only 60 km away from Bartın, is an exemplary city that represents the cultural, historical and architectural lifestyle of the Turkish society. It was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1994 due to its cultural and architectural heritage preserved for centuries. One of the city's attractions is its market and the houses around it. There are also more than 25 mosques in the city, each of which has historical value.

In addition to its historical places and houses, the city has many natural beauties. Dense forest lands and valleys are very suitable places for picnics and hiking, climbing, cycling and other activities. Yörük Village, 13 km away from the city center, is almost like an open-air museum with its 300-year-old houses, mosque and public laundries.

Yedi Göller
Yedigöller basin, which is 1642 hectares, is another national park located in the Western Black Sea Region and as the name suggests, it consists of seven lakes connected to each other, with a total length of 1.5 km. 
Yedigöller National Park, which hosts a wide variety of plant species, is also home to bears, pigs, foxes, deer and roe deer. Moreover, it is also suitable for camping, sports activities, photography, picnic and similar activities.

How to Get to Bartın
You can reach by road to Bartın from anywhere in Turkey. Seaway, on the other hand, is transported through Bartın and Amasra ports. Air transportation is available through Zonguldak/Çaycuma Airport. You can reach Bartın by road from Zonguldak Airport. Bartın is 420 km from Istanbul and 283 km from Ankara by highway and divided roads.