East of Zonguldak, Bartin is a province of Turkey on the Black Sea coast. Its calm cityscape has wooden houses with traditional architecture. Bartin's history dates back to 1200 BC, when the Gasgas tribe inhabited this region. In following years, Bartin was under Hittites' dominance, Frigs', Kringens', Kokons', Enets', Cimmerians', Lydians', Persians', and Macedonian's domination.
The historical progress of Bartin occurred in the following three waves. The first stage, between roughly 300AD to 1100AD, contains the dominance of Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire; the second wave surrounds 11th-13th centuries AD when Turkish Seljuks and Candarogullari State took over as dominant powers. Bartin was conquered by Ottoman Sultan Yildirim Bayazit in 1392.
The Bartin Wooden Houses display characteristics of the art movements after the Tanzimat Fermani (Reforms Decree). Bartin's mild Black Sea climate is experienced in summer and winter, with copious amounts of rain which provides all its vegetation. The rivers that run through this city provide boat trips to take advantage of a beautiful landscape while passing through town.
This city hosts strawberry festivals in spring, as well has beaches with good quality. Inkum is a pleasant setting which includes holiday villages and other facilities with an excellent beach. Çarkaz is a fishing village that builds boats, as well as having the perfect beach for fishermen.
Amasra, founded in the 6th century BC and once known as Sesamos, is one of the highest points on the Black Sea Coast. The picturesque city features unmatched views while traveling through; East Amasra is especially good for swimming. At this point you may be wondering about keeping dry with those unzipped raincoats lying around in your trunk - but fear not! A visit to Çekiciler Street will do allay any fears about clothing items being permanently drenched (and washes out fairly easily).
There are a number of ancient ruins that date back thousands of years in the Paphlagonia region. Within the borders of Bartin, three major sites include Sesamos (Amasra), Kromna (Kurucasile) and Erythinoi (Cakraz).
The ancient city of Bartin consists of some above and below ground structures. Highlights include the castle, two churches, bedesten, Kuskayasi Road Monument (Unique in the world) and inziva cave. Some additional aspects like forum, council palace, road of honor, theater and acropolis are still waiting to be uncevered.