Amasya

Amasya and Yeşilırmak River

Amasya is a city in the Central Karadeniz region of Turkey.

Get in

By train

Amasya is located on the railway line between Samsun (3 hrs travel time) and Sivas (5 hrs travel time). Online timetable is at TCDD Internet page.

By bus

It has many major lines that come and go from Ankara and Istanbul all day long. Most of these lines will offer you a free service to the town square. There are also a few busses every day going to and from Antalya, Çorum, Izmir, Kayseri, Malatya, Tokat and Trabzon.

To come and go from Samsun, the nearest city on the Black Sea coast, there are small Metro minibuses that leave several times a day.

Get around

Once you get a bus service or taxi to the town square, everything is within easy walking distance. If you are going on day trips to other villages in the region, you can find small privately-owned buses that come and go if you ask around.

For car rentals (if you're interested in a day trip to Hattuşa, the Hittite capital, for example), there is a car rental/pet store very near the Train Station, and another near the bridge by Migros.

See

Tombs of the Pontic Kings
Traditional riverside houses of Amasya, backed by ancient rock tombs
The old town
Darüssifa Hanı
Sultan Beyazıt Külliyesi

The major sights of the city include the whitewashed Ottoman houses lined by the river and the ancient Pontic rock tombs engraved on the side of the mountain overlooking the city.

Harşena hill

High above the city on Harşena hill there is a castle. However, this hill has much more to offer. The climb begins at the Kızlar Sarayı.

Old town

City center

In the South are parallel to Yeşilırmak river on the waterfront Ziya Paşa Bulvarı and a few meters in parallel - the shopping street of Mustafa Kemal Paşa Caddesi. There are many sights from the historical past of Amasya around these two streets. From East to West:

Amasya was a religious and political center for central Anatolia, and there are many small mosques that date back to pre-Ottoman times.

Surrounding area

Day trips

Do

  •   Mustafa Bey hamami (near the Bimarhame). A beautifully restored building that includes a Swiss-style sauna room, and has service as good as any hamam in Istanbul for half the price.
  •   Yildiz hamam (in the old part of town). It is dirty
  •   Kumacik hamam (between the otogar and the town square on the riverside). A small hamam which boasts of a pool.

Drink

Generally, all the places in Amasya to go out at night have live music, with the exception of the three or four pubs.

Ali Kaya overlooks the entire city on its southeastern side, and offers great views at night. Mostly plays Turku, Turkish folk music, with a combination of classical and modern instruments.

Eylul Bugusu, Grand Pasha, Emin Efendi and Mithridat are all basically indistinguishable bar/restaurants in the old part of town. You come, get a table, and drink/eat there while listening to covers of Turkish pop or folk music, depending on the night. If you are there on a weekend, a reservation may be required. If you're traveling around the old city during the day, the best thing to do is pop in the various local joints, pick which one suits your taste the most, and ask for a reservation.

For Turkish tea time, there is a local chain called Yesil Ev (green house) that you'll see around town. For a more interesting experience, there is also the Municipal Tea garden, sitting on the riverside near the clock tower. At night in the warm months there is generally live music. If you are a large party and you'd like to relax for a while, order the Semaver Cay which is the Turkish version of the Russian Samovar, and you'll be drinking tea for hours. According to locals, though, the best tea and Turkish coffee is to be found at Gamasuk Cay Evi, which is on the main road, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Caddesi, called Ust caddesi (high street) by locals.Both men and women are welcome at all of these places.

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Amasya

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