From ancient fortresses to hilltop castles, Sinop Province is awash with history. Explore the vibrant port town of Sinop, cruise along a scenic road and enjoy fresh Black Sea seafood.
Things to do in Sinop Province
Sinop is a laid-back port town set on a natural harbour, home to Tarihi Sinop Cezaevi, a former prison that retains its original cells, corridors and courtyards. Don’t miss Sinop Fortress, raised by the Hittites in 2000 BC, where you can climb up its watchtower for harbour views.
Sinop has some of the Black Sea's freshest seafood. If you love local delicacies, don't miss Okyanus Balik Evi, a family-run fish tavern that's been serving haddock, anchovies and turbot for generations. On a sunny day, snag a table on the rooftop terrace.
Wrapping around rugged hillsides, the D010 scenic drive from Amasra to Sinop boasts jaw-dropping views. It spans for over 300 kilometres and features turquoise bays, rugged cliffs and forested headlands.
Boyabat Castle has been watching over Gokirmak Valley for thousands of years. It's perched on a rocky outcrop and has fallen under the rule of the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Explore the site’s fascinating on-site history museum, which showcases ancient weaponry.
Getting around Sinop Province
The port city of Sinop is easy to get around on foot or by using local "dolmus" minibuses and taxis. Buses run throughout Sinop Province, connecting the various towns. Karabuk can be reached in four hours, Ankara in seven hours and Istanbul in 11 hours.