Western Karadeniz

Extending for about 500 km along the Turkish Black Sea coast, Western Karadeniz (Turkish: Batı Karadeniz) is a region of remote and rugged shores backed by lush and hazy mountains. The main drawcards, though, are the old towns dotting the region from one end to the other, both on the coast and inland, and ranging from run-down and modest to the perfectly renovated and up and ready for tourism, and the pristine, scenic mountain lakes.

Cities

Autumn view from Yedigöller ("Seven Lakes") National Park

Other destinations

Understand

Except for the UNESCO-listed Ottoman old town of Safranbolu, Western Karadeniz often goes unexplored by the travellers, and for most, it is simply a line of blurry mountain and forest images on the other side of the window when transiting through the motorway between Istanbul and Ankara. This is quite understandable, given that those that want to check out a slice of Turkey's north usually opt for the better known (and perhaps, more "exotic") Eastern Karadeniz, and the beachgoers simply prefer the warmer waters (and the sunnier climate) of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. However, give Western Karadeniz a chance (even if that means a short break on your long journey across the country), and you are unlikely to regret it.

Bordered by the Marmara Region to west, Central Anatolia to south, and Central Karadeniz to east, Western Karadeniz largely matches with the ancient region of Paphlagonia.

Get in

Mountain road near Bolu

It's fairly easy to get in the westernmost sections of the region (around Düzce and Bolu) as they lie on the main motorway between Istanbul and Ankara (O-4/E80), the biggest Turkish cities. Getting into most other parts of the coastline involves quitting this motorway at Düzce and then heading for north to Akçakoca, where the highway meets the coastal road.

Buses to cities and some towns of the region from big cities of the country can be found.

Only Zonguldak (and a number of other towns most notably Karabük on the way) in the region has a rail connection with the rest of the country. But this shouldn't be taken to mean that it has lots of connectionsit's served by a single daily train from Ankara.

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